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Come and join the Friends of Horfield Common's committee

Published on: 12 Feb 2018

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Do you live locally? Would you like to get involved in a group which is working to support improved outcomes for all who live in the local area?

Do you love your local park and want to see it thrive?

Are you looking for a volunteering role which is fun, with a friendly group of people in the local area? If you are – this might be for you!

Friends of Horfield Common are recruiting for new members to join our committee – please see below for more information & please do get in touch if you would like to get involved!

Become a Friend of Horfield Common

The Friends of Horfield Common (FOHC) have been working to support improvements to, and enhancement of Horfield Common for the benefit of all who use and enjoy the park for more than 10 years. During this time, FOHC volunteers have raised more than £100,000 for improvements to the common, and contributed thousands of hours of volunteer time to practical projects which enhance the park including:
• Campaigning against the planned development of Wellington Hill Playing Field and for reinstatement of the field for use for sports
• Successful registration of Wellington Hill Playing Field as a Village Green
• Planting more than 5,500 new trees across Horfield Common including 57 large trees and more than 5,000 whips planted to create new hedgerows
• Campaigning for refurbishment of the children’s play area near the Ardagh, and challenging poor design and relocation plans to ensure that the playground is fit for purpose and year-round use
• Regeneration of the pond and installation of a pond-dipping platform to encourage increased use of the pond for educational activities and leisure
• Creation of new, marked walking and running routes up to 5km to encourage increased use of the common for health and wellbeing
• Campaigning against proposals to develop the Ardagh site and to reduce the facilities available to the community there
• Installation of a new, accessible footpath across the common to provide an entirely off-road walking route
• Setting up the Café on the Common to provide new community facilities on the common
• Creating new gardens at the Ardagh in a previously derelict and disused external goods yard
• Installing a fully accessible garden room in the café yard for use by FOHC volunteers and café customers
• Developing a wildlife plan for the common in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust

FOHC has also worked with (and challenged, when appropriate) our Council to protect and develop services and facilities. Our members have been the driving force behind Project Ardagh which is now being taken forward by a newly established local charity and community anchor organisation, Ardagh Community Trust who we continue to work positively and collaboratively with for the benefit of all who live and work in the local area.

FOHC also organise events (to date, these have included an annual summer picnic, dog show, working parties to help with practical conservation work and more). Our volunteers are dedicated and energetic, with key individuals taking a lead on specific projects or areas of work in order to maintain the momentum of the group. FOHC is a member of Bristol Parks Forum and attend quarterly meetings with other parks group volunteers working across the city to share experiences and discuss common issues. We are now recruiting for new members of FOHC’s committee and want to hear from anyone who enjoys this beautiful public space and who can contribute some of their time and energy to help to support and develop our work. We are specifically seeking new members who are willing to take a lead on organising events, fundraising, representing the group in local and citywide fora and organising work parties and activities which support delivery of the Horfield Common Wildlife plan.

Our committee currently consists of 5 enthusiastic individuals who meet every 6 weeks. We need to increase these numbers to around 10 to enable to continue with the work that we have planned.We are currently planning for 2018 & would like to invite all who are interested in joining us to get in touch – you will be made very welcome!
If you can’t get to our next meeting, but are interested in getting involved, please get in touch via the website and one of our current committee members will be in touch!

Friends of Horfield Common Committee Meeting Dates 2018
Monday 26th February 2018 7pm – 8.30pm Café on the Common
Monday 16th April 2018 7pm – 8.30pm Café on the Common
Monday 4th June 2018 7pm – 8.30pm Café on the Common
Monday 23rd July 2018 (AGM) 7pm – 8.30pm Café on the Common
Monday 10th September 2018 7pm – 8.30pm Café on the Common
Monday 5th November 2018 7pm – 8.30pm Café on the Common


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