Friends of Trendlewood Community Park

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Presentation given by Pat Gilbert and Andrew Town - Green Connect 2, 6th October

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  • Park established in 2011 by North Somerset Council in partnership with a local group of volunteers who formed into ‘the Friends of Trendlewood Park’
  • Make up of management committee and its key objectives
  • Friends of Trendlewood Park logo
  • Friends of Trendlewood Park constitution
  • Park map. 5.5 hectares made up of 1.5 hectares of woodland and 4 hectares of grassland, trees and hedges.
  • Review of habitats within the park. Nowhere wood is 1.5 hectares of mainly secondary woodland established on a former pennant sandstone quarry.
  • Nowhere Wood
  • As well as considerable wildlife value the wood has a number of interesting geological and historical features including the old sandstone quarry face
  • There is a large community playground that supports the council ‘play strategy’
  • Some parts previously shaved by regular gang mowing have been established as grassland areas
  • The park has large good amounts of open spaces with grassy areas, trees and hedges that give wonderful seasonal contrasts
  • An important aspect is the involvement of the community in developing the park. Here volunteers are supporting the local Transition Town Nailsea group planting apple trees in the park
  • Followed by a wassailing event to ensure the integrity of the harvest
  • Volunteers from the Forest of Avon Scheme planting a long section of native hedge
  • Wild flower plugs and seeds have been planted in selected areas. The red campions were particularly successful.
  • Also there has been natural regeneration of wild flowers like these cuckoo flowers in areas where regular mowing has stopped.
  • Orange tip butterflies have taken advantage of the proliferation of cuckoo flowers, one of their main food plants
  • Managing the hedge margins more sensitively encourages a variety of wild flowers
  • Allowing some nettles to flourish benefits these Peacock caterpillars
  • Grasshoppers inhabit grassy areas in huge numbers
  • The increased numbers of insects encourages visits from predators such as this southern hawker dragonfly
  • Friends of Trendlewood Community Park

    1. 1. Trendlewood Community Park Management CommitteeThe Committee consist of • North Somerset Council Ward Councillor (Chair) • Two representatives of Friends of Trendlewood Park • Two representatives from Nailsea Town Council • North Somerset Council OfficerThe purpose of the committee is to work towards • Improving, conserving, supporting and protecting the Park for the enjoyment of all visitors •Ensuring the vision and policies of the management plan are followed
    2. 2. Friends of Trendlewood Park Constitution• contribute to the protection and enhancement of the park aswildlife habitats and a community recreational resource• promote the park as urban woodland and grassland and encourage its responsible use• raise awareness of and preserve the geology, industrialarchaeology and landscape history of the park
    3. 3. Trendlewood Park Map

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