Bristol Tree Competition 2018

The Bristol Tree Forum – Tree of the Year competition voting is live until the 15th November 2018…. please give our bricked up London Plane Tree your vote and spread the word!


06/10/18 – The BIG Dig is cancelled!

We are very sorry to all those that planned to come along and give us a hand. But the weather forecast for the rest of today means it is not possible to continue as planned. Phase two of the pond renovation will be rescheduled to autumn 2019!

October 2018 – FoBB Update.

Evening everyone. I am going to try and use this website more to keep people who don’t tend to use social media updated. Now autumn is on it’s way there is no better time to get out there and enjoy our beautiful woodland which Brislington Brook flows through. Our steering group meeting on Wednesday 3rd October will be planning for Saturdays 6th October’s “BIG DIG” volunteering event. We will be undertaking the second phase of the pond renovation in Nightingale Valley and we need all the hand we can get to make it a really productive work party. If you know anyone who might want to come along, grab a spade, and get stuck in then please do share our event details.

EVENT CANCELLED: 19/05/18 Wild Food Forage

The Friends of Brislington Brook are very excited to announced a second wild food forage along Brislington Brook with Steve England, Conservation Educator, Horticulturist and Historian.

This event has been limited to just 15 places, to anyone over the age of 18 years, at a reasonable £10.50 per person. These will go quickly so book your place today by emailing


EVENT: Bat Walk along Brislington Brook.

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Did you know that there are 18 species of bat in the UK?

The Friends of Brislington Brook are very excited to announce we will be hosting a FREE evening bat walk along Brislington Brook through St Anne’s Woods on Saturday 14th April 2018.

Come and find out more about these remarkable little creatures on a guided walk with Avon Bat Group expert David Brown. 

This is a FREE community event, funded using our 4th place Airbus Community Award money, but we always welcome any donations to be able to run similar future events.

Places are limited, and need to be booked in advance by emailing

There is no minimum or maximum age limit for this event, but please consider ability limits before booking a place. The walk will be at dusk with minimal light on moderately rough ground. Please ensure you are a competent walker, not afraid of the dark and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please do not bring any pets or pushchairs (which may cause hazards in the dark). Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you want to bring young children we would encourage you to use a backpack or sling to carry them along the walk. If you have any questions please do ask.  

The start time and meeting point will then be confirmed via email before the event. Priority given to those who have volunteered for FoBB, attended or supported FoBB meetings, or collected Evening Post Airbus Community Award tokens for us. 

If you have a place confirmed and fail to attend on the night, without letting us know, you may not be offered a place in the future.

02/02/18: Second Owl Prowl along Brislington Brook.

WOW due to demand the Friends of Brislington Brook are very excited to announce we are hosting a second 2018 Owl Prowl along Brislington Brook. Some people have informed us they are unable to make the first date, and some people have told us how much they enjoyed last years event and would like to attend this year too. Well this is your opportunity to do just that. This FREE event is open to everyone but again places are limited and must be booked in advance. Don’t miss out in 2018 drop us an email today!


EVENT: 26/01/18 Owl Prowl along Brislington Brook.

Happy New Year everyone… Due to popular demand the Friends of Brislington Brook are very excited to be hosting a 2018 Owl Prowl along Brislington Brook on Friday 26 January 2018. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. First priority given to anyone who has come along to a FoBB work party or FoBB meeting, second priority given to those who live in the local area, then open to everyone else. If you have any questions please do drop us an email. 

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Updated: Insurance cover changes by Bristol City Council.

Dear Friends of Brislington Brook volunteers.

We are very sorry to inform you but with immediate effect all future volunteer work parties are cancelled. We have just been informed by Bristol City Council that they no longer insure any volunteers, which directly effects us and all other volunteer groups across Bristol. We are hoping this situation will be resolved very soon.

Jules (FoBB Chair)

UPDATE 10/10/17 From Bristol City Council to confirm the insurance arrangements that covers the activity of volunteers has not changed and remains very much in force.

“We apologise for the confusion caused by Friday’s miscommunication of the situation. I hope you can understand that this email was sent in good faith as a precautionary measure following a misunderstanding of the nuances of the insurance policy. The Council’s Principal Insurance Officer has confirmed there is no change to policy. Volunteers can continue to operate as they have done in line with the guidance provided by the Parks Team… Thank you all again for your patience in this matter and your continuing valued support of our parks and green spaces.”

Dates for the diary – FoBB Steering Group Meetings.

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this evening we confirmed the following steering group meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 04 October 2017
  • Wednesday 01 November 2017
  • Wednesday 06 December 2017
  • Wednesday 10 January 2018
  • Wednesday 07 February 2018
  • Wednesday 07 March 2018
  • Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • Wednesday 02 May 2018
  • Wednesday 06 June 2018
  • Wednesday 04 July 2018
  • No meeting in August (break for Summer)
  • Wednesday 05 September 2018 A.G.M