Who are friends of Eastville park?

If you love Eastville Park then you are a friend of Eastville Park!

We hold an open meeting 2-3 times a year to meet with other residents. This gives you a chance to meet other park users, chat about what you love or don’t love about the park, and how we can tackle problems together. We have a friendly facebook page for friends to chat, share photos, and join in with local events run by the committee team.

Who are the Friends of Eastville Park committee?

The Friends of Eastville Park committee are a small group of local residents that care about the park and want to help it stay amazing. We all volunteer our time to liaise with local residents, Bristol City Council, Bristol Parks forum, interest groups, and Neighbourhood networks to make things happen. There are currently 8 members of the committee including chair, secretary, and treasurer,  events, volunteering, history, and wildlife gurus. We welcome new members who are passionate about the park and are keen to join in. To get involved, please email friendsofeastvillepark@gmail.com

How are you funded?

We are funded by donations, grants, and fundraising activities organised by our lovely volunteers. We normally receive charitable donations from the main festivals in Eastville Park, Love Saves The Day and Tokyo World, which help us to fund projects to improve the park, such as Parkwork.

What have you done for the park?

We created this website with the help of volunteers to help you find out about your park and enjoy it.

We fund Parkwork for 1 day per week, where Joseph Mckenna leads a group of volunteers into the park to do work, learn skills and socialise with others. Joe’s team have repaired benches, built and installed owl boxes on the lake, sifted the play area sand, planted trees, cleared fly tipped rubbish, weeded and spruced up planting areas, and worked alongside other volunteer groups. They are local park heros!

We arrange volunteer activities such as Young Rangers, and Good Gym visits.

We are working with the council to ensure that the upper park play area is refurbished, Multi-use-games-area installed , Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds applied for to fund projects, and share information about upcoming council works.

Whenever possible, we fund events in the park such as Santa on the Lake 2017 and 2018. We got together with an amazing group of volunteers and build a Santa’s grotto for Santa to meet local children and bring them gifts, music, and festive fun.

Our wildlife group work with Bristol City council to try and promote wildlife in the park. They have recently worked out a schedule of grass cutting to ensure that butterflies can flourish in the meadows that run along the Frome Valley from Everest Road and Redhill Drive. Bird feeders have also been installed to support our beautiful bird populations.

We teamed up with Frenchay Christmas Tree farm to deliver Christmas trees to local residents and raise funds for our projects.

We are very lucky to have lots of keen wildlife photographers in Eastville Park so we create a calendar of some of the best photos. Local sales of the calendar have raised over £1000 in 2017 and 2018 to fund projects in the park. Look out for the next calendar at the end of the year.

In October 2019 Friends of Eastville Park appeared on Gardener’s World as the presenters Flo Headlam and Joe Swift helped us create a community garden at the back of the bowing hut. It is our aim that this space will help form a community hub for everyone to enjoy and is reasonably secure from vandalism when the space is locked. To use this space or volunteer, please contact friends of Eastville Park on the gmail address below.

We are also planning a Heritage Lottery Fund bid. This is likely to require a great deal of time and effort from many volunteers, and work closely with consultants to guide the process. If you would like to help us with our bid, we’d love to hear from you!

How can I join in?

If you would like to volunteer to help run an event, make a change in the park, or help fundraise, please contact us friendsofeastvillepark@gmail.com or by coming along to one of our open meetings advertised on local posters and our facebook page. You don’t have to give a lot of time, just do as much or as little as you choose – it all helps!