Have your say on the future of Stoke Park

Published on: 30 Jan 2017

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A FRESH call has gone out for ideas to help develop the long term future of Stoke Park.

A consultation is under way to create a plan that will protect the historic and ecological features and provide opportunities for people to enjoy the parkland.

The feedback will help Bristol City Council submit bids for funding, including a £3 million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to avoid using core council budgets. This will be used alongside a dowry which can only be used to fund work and activities associated with Stoke Park.

Stoke Park is Grade II registered. It has many important features, including the World War II anti-aircraft gun battery, as well as being a diverse and interesting landscape. 

Some features are in need of repair and the site is listed on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register. 

The proposals put forward have been pulled together from sources including a Conservation Management Plan drawn up by Historic England, previous consultation with users of the park and support and discussion with Historic England. 

Some ideas included in the consultation are; 

• Replanting parkland trees and reintroducing low intensity grazing to parkland and downland areas. 

• Maintaining and repairing historic structures (walls, follies and ponds).

• Creating a new visitor car park and café.

• Restoring gravel paths and rides to allow people of all abilities to enjoy the park at all times of the year.

• Providing low level direction and information signage for visitors.

The consultation runs until February 20.

 It's at www.bristol.gov.uk/stokeparkconsultation

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