Friends' joy over Common works

February 23 2018

Friends of Horfield Common (FOHC) are celebrating the completion of two projects which volunteers have been working hard on over the last two to three years.

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Friends of Horfield Common (FOHC) are celebrating the completion of two projects which volunteers have been working hard on over the last two to three years. 

The Horfield Common Accessible Footpath is now open and the Garden Room installation was completed in February. 

Sam Thompson from FOHC said: “We were thrilled to see the speed at which the new accessible footpath was installed once the work started and we have received dozens of emails from park users thanking FoHC volunteers for their work to fundraise to get this much-requested path installed.

“While the grassed areas around the path will take time to re-establish fully, this is being carefully monitored and will be reseeded if necessary later in the year.”

The accessible path has been laid to enable everyone to walk a circuit of the common away from the traffic on Kellaway Avenue, to allow people with limited mobility to access the common during the winter when it can be boggy and wet for months at a time and to allow people access the shops and bus services without ending up having to walk out of their way to avoid the boggy grassed areas. The path was funded by the Tesco Golden Hill Bags of Help scheme.

The Friends Volunteers Garden Room installation is available for use in the Café yard at the Ardagh. This space replaces the previous container-space which was refurbished by FoHC volunteers in 2015 to provide an indoor meeting space and place where volunteers could meet, share ideas and shelter from the rain. 

Sam Thompson added: “It has been fantastic to see the space being installed and we are looking forward to hosting FoHC meetings in this lovely, light and fully accessible garden room throughout 2018.”

FoHC meetings for 2018 take place around every six weeks on Mondays starting on 16 April, from 7-9pm. If you would like to get involved with the Friends group & help to support improvements and enhancements to the common for the benefit of all park users – please do come along – new committee members are always welcome.