Five stars for Horfield Common

March 31 2016
Five stars for Horfield Common

Five stars for Horfield Common

HORFIELD Common became one of the South West’s five-star parks after success in the 2015 Pride in Parks Award.

South West in Bloom’s horticultural campaign recognized the hard work of volunteers from Friends of Horfield Common over the past few years as well as their vision and awarded the park in the best possible category.

Fiona Wright, vice chair of FOHC, said: “It is a great recognition for volunteers taking care about parks for the community. Our vision is to be as wildlife friendly as possible and at the same time involve community for sports and outdoor activities.”

Last year the community group planted over 100 trees, 1000 daffodils, and opened an outside cafe, serving mostly locally sourced organic food. A new children’s playground and running track that goes all the way to the leisure centre were open, and has since been used by many residents.

This year, the cafe opens for the first time during the Easter weekend, in time for the official opening of the new pond dipping platform.

The FOHC have also introduced ‘Wildlife Walking’ activities for adults and children.

Junior Wildlife Club takes place one Saturday every month, the next one is on April 30.

‘Bat walk’ is very popular with adults with its use of special monitors to track down the bats in the park. Fiona said: “It is a great fun time. The adults are sometimes more excited than children.” The next bat walk will be on May 9.

The group’s longterm vision is to work on the wildlife meadow area and to open the Ardagh building as a community space and connect it with the current outside cafe which could be open all year round. There is a plan to link up Horfield Common with other parks in Bristol and create a wildlife corridor with the help from residents who would make their gardens wildlife friendly as well.

For more information about Friends of Horfield Common and their events and activities visit

Photo: Fiona Wright, Vice Chair of Friends of Horfield Common