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Successful ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ in Meade Park

Posted on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 6:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an organised walk in Meade Park led by local ecologist Rupert Higgins.

Local residents joined the Friends of Meade Park on Saturday August 17th for an informative and enjoyable look at wildlife in Meade Park.

Led by local ecologist Rupert Higgins, the group discovered dragon flies, butterflies, shield bugs, ladybirds, hoverflies, snails and bugs of all kinds going about their business in the park. Easily overlooked, these little creatures are essential to the delicate eco-balance in nature.

Rupert was able to identify the different butterflies: a painted lady, a speckled wood and a holly blue amongst others, along with dragonflies such as the common darter and the migrant hawker.

One of the participants on the walk said: “I thought I knew a lot about the trees and wildlife in the park but Rupert has such amazing knowledge. It was really interesting.”

Cllr Jenny James, chair of the Friends of Meade Park group, said: “It was a good to discover so many different creatures in the park and our thanks go to Rupert for sharing his extensive knowledge.”

The walk was funded by Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

The Friends of Meade Park have a series of walks planned across all the seasons, to help park users appreciate the great opportunities in the park to get up close and personal to the wide range of trees, plants and creatures living there. The next one will be on Saturday 19th October. The friends group also have plans to design some information boards to help park users identify trees, plants and wildlife in the park.

If you have any other ideas about how to enhance the facilities and activities in the park you can get in touch with them via the ‘Friends of Meade Park’ page on Facebook or by email at

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 28). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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BBC favourite Andy Hamilton in Meade Park this Saturday

Posted on Thursday 27th June 2019 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Andy Hamilton.

Bristol’s Andy Hamilton, a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme will be in Stoke Gifford on Saturday 29th June.

N.B. It has been announced that this event has been postponed due to sickness.

The Friends of Meade Park are hosting a free community event in the park and all are welcome. Meeting at the car park [map] at 10am, Andy will take the group on an informal and informative ramble through the park, identifying plants and trees and talking about their habitat.

Andy has been sharing his knowledge about the natural world with Bristol for the last 15 years. He is author of Booze for Free and the Selfsufficientish Bible and founder of the Association of Foragers .

Andy will help the group identify and learn about the various splendid trees in the park, as well as the other plants and wild-life that inhabit the area, but which often go unnoticed. Be prepared to wow your friends and family with your new-found knowledge after the event.

Sponsored by Stoke Gifford Parish Council, the event is suitable for all ages and will go ahead, rain or shine! Wear suitable shoes if wet!

This is the first of a number of community events scheduled by the Friends of Meade Park over the year.

More info: Summer Tree Walk (Facebook event page)

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Meade Park friends news in October

Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 6:49 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of a new picnic bench in Meade Park.

October was a busy month for the Friends of Meade Park group with the official formation of a committee and a new picnic bench being installed in the park.

On Tuesday 16th October, the Friends group held a meeting at Little Stoke Youth and Community Centre where a new and functioning committee was set up and terms of reference adopted. Jenny James, who revived the group, said:

“At the meeting, it was acknowledged that the Friends of Meade Park would continue to work collaboratively with Stoke Gifford Parish Council  and local businesses, particularly with their community champions, and Friends of Forty Acres. Once a bank account is established by the committee, we are planning to go for grant funding applications.”

The Friends of Meade Park are also hoping to start tree walks around the park after Christmas for those who are interested in finding out more about what grows in and around the park. If you would like to join one of these walks, look out for more information on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

In other news, the Friends of Meade Park were pleased to see that a new picnic bench has been placed in the park by the parish council, some work has been completed on the path at the back of the park and some new walnut trees have been planted. Jenny said:

“We would like to thank the members of the parish council for their continued support.”

If you would like to join the Friends of Meade Park committee or would just like to find out more about their future plans, email Jenny on

Photo: New picnic bench installed by the parish council.

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 22). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Friends of Meade Park group revived

Posted on Sunday 14th October 2018 at 8:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jenny James (centre) with some of the local residents who took part in a recent litter pick in the park.

When local resident Jenny James discovered that the group known as the Friends of Meade Park no longer existed, she decided to revive it. As someone who regularly walks through the park, she felt it was important to have a group of people who monitor and take care of the green space, alongside Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

Jenny began by creating a Facebook page for the group, which now has over 200 ‘fans’. She said:

“The Facebook page has become a real part of the community. There has been a lot of interest in the group and the page provides a place for people to report damage and share their ideas for the park.”

The Friends of Meade Park group then sent out a survey to local residents to find out what people would like from the park and they organised their first community litter pick on 4th August. Jenny was extremely pleased with the turnout as around 15 people, including numerous families, attended the event. Stoke Gifford Parish Council provided all of the equipment, including gloves, bags and pickers and the local Co-op gave the group free bottles of water. In the space of a few hours, the pickers had collected enough litter to fill ten refuse sacks making a huge difference to the cleanliness of the park. As the litter pick was so successful, Jenny is planning on organising them at regular intervals throughout the year.

Jan Brunwin, who helps Jenny with the group, said:

“It was a very successful event with many families coming to help. It was a great opportunity for children to understand and learn how to take care of their environment.”

More: Group to hold opening meeting on Tuesday 16th October »

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