From: Bristol Park Volunteers
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 19:10
Subject: Volunteering in Parks – COVID19
Dear All Parks Volunteers,
A personal thank you, alongside an ask to remain indoors where possible.
You will have seen the changing advice about being in, volunteering in and using parks over the past week. Most of you should have received the guidance from myself and Jon James, Head of Parks via the Bristol Parks Forum regular updates, but I wanted to ensure we haven’t missed anyone with regard to volunteering specifically.
To be clear, the decision for the time being is that all group park volunteering activities are postponed. Please continue to act on this decision and put the health of everyone around you, as well as yourself, above all else. It’s heartening to see so many groups already sharing positive messages about their green spaces and bringing the community together through memories, photos and plans for better times.
We understand that it will be difficult having to pause projects you have planned, or see some projects you had started fall slightly by the wayside. However, I’m fairly certain that once all of this gets better, we will have a renewed shared energy across Bristol and the world to work together to protect, enhance and enjoy our green spaces.
For now, please stay updated via: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/crime-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know
These guidelines and decisions are changing on a daily basis and will be made in order to protect the health of everyone. The Mayor announced this afternoon that all park facilities are also closed, in a bid to further encourage us to all do our bit and stay home as much as possible.
Until we are able to meet, I’d like to thank you for putting your community first, being ambassadors of your local green spaces and helping the Parks Service look after these incredibly valuable assets. If you would like to find out how you can volunteer or help safely during this time, visit Can Do Bristol for ways to act locally.
Wishing you all the very best,
Ella Hogg – Volunteer Coordinator Bristol Parks