Support your playing fields

Published on: 02 May 2016

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KING George V needs you! By that we mean King George V and Badminton Road Playing Fields and it is the Friends group which needs your support.
As you may know, Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council is looking at the possibility of leasing these playing fields from South Gloucestershire Council. They are talking with the Friends group and with the sports teams who play on the fields, including Downend Saints, Fishponds Old Boys and Mangotsfield Junior football clubs and Downend, Bristol Lions and Churchways cricket clubs.
There is a lot going on in other ways too. New accessible play equipment in the children’s play area should be installed by the time you read this. The equipment is the result of a very generous grant obtained by the Friends group from Cory Environmental Trust.
The daffodils and crocuses planted last autumn by the Friends, with help from young people at the Christ Church Youth Hub, have been looking good in the spring sunshine and two silver birch trees have been planted opposite the zip wire. We hope to get the funding to plant nine more trees in the autumn to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday year and to do more wild flower and bulb planting to increase the colour for next spring.
Unfortunately you may see some of the large poplar trees along the boundary with the cemetery being cut back soon. One blew over in recent gales and some of the others are deemed unsafe, in fact South Gloucestershire Council thinks they may have to take them down completely as they are so diseased. In due course it is hoped to replant with oaks but it will take some years for the new trees to have the same impact that the Poplars have had.
We know that hundreds of dog walkers use the park every week. Families, young people and children enjoy the play and exercise equipment. Footballers and cricket teams use the playing fields at weekends. Events such as the Round Table Firework display and C in the Park bring in thousands of people. Our whole community benefits from this lovely green open space.
For all these things to continue to happen and to move forwards to improve the playing fields for future generations of users we need more support. If this is an open space that you use and love and want to safeguard for the future then please contact us through our Facebook page or by e mail kgvdownend@gmail.com or through the parish council clerk@dbhparishcouncil.co.uk. Better still, come to our next meeting on Monday May 16 at 7pm in the upper room at St Augustine’s Parish Hall in Boscombe Crescent.
King George V and Badminton Road Playing Fields NEED YOU!

Mary Lewis
Chair of the Friends group

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