Notice the difference at Southey Park

October 31 2019

A RECENTLY formed Friends group are already starting to see the rewards of their labour.

Notice the difference at Southey Park

Friends of Southey Park was set up to bring about improvements at the open space in New Cheltenham and say the land has huge potential.

They have been holding fundraising events and applying for grants, and are now starting to see progress.

Recently, members cleared the main entrance and planted spring bulbs, donated by Wilko. Two new notice boards have been installed, one on the wall of the main entrance and one near the stile on Southey Avenue. They will be used to promote events within the park and at Bristol Rovers Supporters Club JFC, which are based at the site. Residents will also be able to find out information from the boards such as how to report fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.

The Friends also used a 'robo' mower to clear weeds and brambles near the hardstanding area and around the rock face. This was funded through grant applications by the Friends.

The football club have confirmed it will cut the hedges by the end of the month as this now  falls under their remit. This has been welcomed by the Friends as the 13ft x 13ft hedges have become a major issue for residents.

Friends member Tina Sheppard said: “We are sourcing quotes to fix the main gates and restore them back to their original quality as at the moment they are out of shape and do not close properly. Once this has been completed we are hoping to apply for another grant for a picnic bench in this area.

“We have been awarded a grant for three new bins, one of which is a recycling bin within the skate park which will hopefully improve the litter problem that we have at the moment. 

“At present the council does not recycle any material from bins in parks and this would come as an extra cost as it would need to be completed by an outside agency. We are in discussions with the council about recycling in parks and are awaiting the outcome from their waste strategy plan that is due soon.

“We continue to struggle with litter and ground maintenance but hopefully with additional bins and help and support from the football club and South Gloucestershire Council we can all help to get on top of this once more.”

Anyone wishing to get involved with the Friends should email friendsofsoutheypark@gmail.com

• Friends of Southey Park will hold a Christmas fayre later this month to raise funds for their projects. The event will include handmade craft, food and gift stalls and hot drinks and food. There will also be games for children, including a tombola.

It takes place on Saturday November 23 at New Cheltenham Community Centre from 11am-3pm. Admission is free.