Dear Friend of Horfield Common.
We are delighted to be able to let you know about the events and activities that are coming up on Horfield Common over the next few months, and to update you on progress on a number of projects that we have been working on recently.
1. Horfield Common Tree Planting Plan – Thank you!
2. Wellington Hill Playing Field Scrub Clearance – Volunteeers Needed!
3. Horfield Common Edible Garden Launch Event – All Welcome!
4. Horfield Common Outdoor Play Project 2015 – Crowdfunding/Fundraising Campaign – Please support this & spread the word!
5. Bristol’s Green Volunteer of the Year Awards 2015 – Well Done!
6. FOHC will be at Gloucester Road Central’s Christmas Party – December 4th
7. Winter Wonderland and 'Pop-Up' Cafe at the Ardagh this December - Sat/Suns from 29th Nov
1. Horfield Common Tree Planting Plan
Thank you very much to everyone who has supported our fundraising campaign for the Horfield Common Tree Plan, and to all of the volunteers who have contributed their time, energy and enthusiasm over the last 2 years to developing and delivering this wonderful outcome.
In National Tree Week 2014, 257 new trees will be planted on Horfield Common as a result of this work, which is fantastic. 57 of the trees will be standards (approx. 3-4m tall) and each of these has been sponsored by local businesses, the local Neighbourhood Partnerships and individual donations to Friends of Horfield Common, as well as local families, many of whom have chosen to dedicate a tree on the common as a living memorial for a loved one. Thank you very much to you all.
An additional 400 new trees will be planted as ‘whips’ (very small tree seedlings) to form a new hedge in Wellington Hill Playing Field, 200 in December 2014, and a further 200 to enhance the existing hedgerow following scrub clearance work by FOHC volunteers in February 2015.
Local primary school children will be planting the ‘whips’ with Tree Bristol officers, and volunteers are welcome to support this activity. If you would like to get involved & help out with this tree planting – please get in touch & we will let you have more details and information.
Families and local businesses who have sponsored the standard trees will be planting them between 3rd-8th December, so please do keep an eye out for these on the common & please do thank those local businesses who have supported us when you have a chance to!We will be circulating a full list & a HUGE THANK YOU to all as soon as the planting has taken place.
2. Scrub Clearance in Wellington Hill Playing Field
We have been liaising with Tree Bristol to plan the work that FOHC volunteers can do to clear scrub so that Tree Bristol are able to enhance the existing hedge in Wellington Hill Playing Field with new planting as part of the Horfield Common Tree Planting plan. For more detailed information about what we will be doing, and why – please see here
Volunteers began this work with a practical working party on Saturday 25th October, but this is a very big job and we are planning a further 4 sessions in January to complete it AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please do come join one or more of our volunteer working parties in Wellington Hill Playing Field in Jan 2015, if you are able to. They will be taking place on 10, 17, 24 and 31st January from 10am-1pm. More information about the events is available here
Please do come along and lend us your support for this. We need lots of pairs of hands & some people with a bit of strength to help clear what is a significant amount of scrub, as well as the litter that has accumulated in the hedgerow over a number of years. This is a way that local people can get involved in the work that is taking place on the common to improve wildlife and biodiversity – we would welcome your support with this. Please do also forward on to any local groups or others you think may be able to help us with this. Thank you!
3. Horfield Common Edible Garden Project Launch
We have secured funding to create Horfield Common’s very own Edible Garden – Inside the Ardagh, which is fantastic!
Please come along to the Ardagh on Wednesday 19th November from 6-7pm to find out how you can get involved. We are really pleased to be able to welcome Sara Venn, Co-Founder of 'Edible Bristol' who will talk us through examples of some of the inspiring and exciting community-led work that is happening all over Bristol to transform planting spaces into edible landscapes. Sara has been working with FOHC volunteers to develop this project & we are really proud to be partnering with edible Bristol to both develop it, and to learn from the work that they have done to date.
We are recruiting new volunteers who would like to get involved & make it happen! You don’t need any previous experience or knowledge – just enthusiasm and an interest in seeing what is possible!
For more information about the launch event, see here
ALL WELCOME! Look forward to seeing you there!
4. APE Project – Crowdfunding campaign for the Horfield Common outdoor play project 2015
This week we are launching a Crowdfunding Campaign to Bring The APE Project back to Horfield Common!
Last year, the APE Project delivered free weekly two-hour Stay & Play sessions during term time aimed at 8 - 13 year olds on Horfield Common - although any children of school age were welcome and all positively engaged! Children were free to choose their activities and could drop in to play as they pleased.
This was incredibly successful and feedback from local families about this provision was amazing, so we want to fund the APE project to return to Horfield Common to provide this outdoor play opportunity for local children and young people. In our first foray into crowdfunding, we are aiming to raise enough to enable APE project to work with local children on Horfield Common throughout 2015.
Supporters can pledge any sum to support the project, or can choose to receive unique rewards in return for their support. For £20, for example, supporters will receive a unique artist-designed Horfield Common APE Project T-shirt celebrating the project, or for £100, as well as enabling the project to run, supporters can attend a special APE Project for grown-ups! (And get to experience the fun of this outdoor play provision for themselves at a special session designed specifically for those of us older than the usual age-range!) If 50 local families come along to the unique VIP day experience on offer - we will have done it. If 200 sponsor the project with £50.00 - their children will benefit from a whole year's worth of engaging outdoor and physical play activity - and have a lovely pic of them enjoying it to keep! We want to provide play opportunities that are social and available to all & we’re really hopeful that people will get behind this!
Last year, between 30-40 local young people were regularly attending the weekly APE Project sessions on Horfield Common & we are extremely keen to see them back for 2015! Please spread the word for us & help us to make this happen! Pledges will only be paid if we raise the full amount!
To find out more, and to support the project, click this link and pledge https://www.fundsurfer.com/project/ape-project-stay-and-play-sessions
5. Bristol’s Green Volunteer of the Year Awards 2015
This evening, FOHC volunteers are off to an awards ceremony at Paintworks which celebrates the contribution made by volunteers to supporting and improving Bristol’s wildlife and biodiversity.
Last year our Chair, Sam Thomson won the Green Voluntary Leader of the Year 2014 award, which was amazing recognition of the work being undertaken by volunteers across the common. As Sam said, “You can’t be a volunteer leader on your own! This award is lovely recognition of all of the work that volunteers are doing to make Horfield Common & the Ardagh as welcoming, accessible and available to as many different people as possible.”
Sam has been nominated again for the same award (is it possible that this could come home to Horfield Common again for 2015?) and has been joined by Colin Small from Ardagh Bowling and Sports Club who has been nominated for the Bristol Award in recognition of the work that he has been doing inside the Ardagh – keeping the gardens near to the pavilion in good condition and lovely for all of those who visit and enjoy them.
More information about the awards is available here: http://www.bnhc.org.uk/green-volunteers/ & we are sending all of our good luck and best wishes to Sam & Colin and the other nominees for this evening’s awards ceremony!
6. FOHC at Gloucester Road Central Christmas Party! Come and say “hello!”
We are delighted to have been invited to join the Gloucester Road Central Christmas celebrations on 4th December from 5.30 – 8.30pm and will be there to enjoy the celebrations and chat to people about the work that FOHC is doing on Horfield Common & how they can get involved and/or support the work we are doing. It’s brilliant to have been invited to take part in this & we’re getting our best Christmas Party gear ready for the evening – more info about the event is available here Please do come along and support the traders and come and find out more about FOHC’s work and plans for 2015!
7. Winter Wonderland and “Pop-Up”Café at the Ardagh this Christmas
This winter, the Ardagh Pavilion will be open every Saturday and Sunday between 10-3pm for visitors to view the unique and chraming 'Winter Wonderland' display set up by Ardagh Bowling Club's Colin Small.
More information is available here
Visitors last year were delighted to find this display hidden away in one of the back rooms at the Ardagh & families and groups came along to enjoy it together - it is suitable for all ages. Entry to the display is free, but there is a collection in support of Ardagh Toddlers if you would like to contribute. Following feedback from last year - we will also be opening the pavilion for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and light snacks in the form of a 'pop-up' cafe on each of these dates. Pop in to see the display, have a cuppa with friends & read the papers - all are welcome.
We have been exploring the potential for a community-cafe at the Ardagh site for a number of years & are planning to use this 4 week 'pop-up' to test out how this might be viable in the short-term while we work towards a longer term plan for a sustainable future for the site. If successful - we are hoping to be able to open the building at the weekends from Easter 2015 & throughout the summer to provide a relaxed and welcoming community cafe which we can build on further as the plans for Project Ardagh progress.
This is a great opportunity for anyone who has heard about the Ardagh, but not had a chance to visit or to see inside the building to come along and have a look! FOHC volunteers be at the helm - pop in, support us by buying a mug of soup or a cup of tea, say hello & let us know what you think!
As always – if you would like any further information or details about any of the work that we are doing, please do get in touch.
Thank you for all of your ongoing support for FOHC – we look forward to seeing you at some of the events happening over the next couple of months,