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Your Park Bristol & Bath

Bringing disadvantaged people together through Bristol and Bath's parks to improve their health and wellbeing.

www.yourpark.org.uk Fundraise for us


Registered charity no. 1182217

Member since December 2021

About us

Your Park Bristol and Bath was the second Parks Foundation to establish in the UK in 2019 and we remain one of just five. We connect marginalised people through parks and green spaces in Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset (BANES).

Our work improves inner city biodiversity through redeveloping parks with communities, but we are people-focussed. We use parks as the conduit for social change through the following services: • Park Activator Programme • Diversity and inclusivity research into green space access • WellPark (primary care referred mental health/Green Social Prescribing sessions)
• Volunteer support including a small grants programme • Litter picking stations

Bristol and Bath’s parks provide over 2300 hectares of opportunity on our doorsteps. But they can attract anti-social behaviour, litter, vandalism and fly-tipping. Without our work in partnership with the community, we risk a circle of decline where parks are seen as a problem and already limited investment is cut leaving parks run-down and attracting further negative attention.

By ‘Activating’ (co-developing with the community) parks we see all communities being heard, getting involved in activities, feeling part of their community and not afraid to use green spaces so they can improve their health and wellbeing. We want communities to be given a sense of ownership: when a local park becomes theirs, they look after it so more people benefit: if people are using a park and it has a buzz, those who do not feel confident about using the park start to visit and feel part of the community too.

After getting involved in our two Park Activator pilots 94% of people say they now feel able to connect with others, 80% feel they belong to their community (versus just 44% in a recent Bristol ward profile), 63% say they have ample opportunities to meet and feel close to others, 35% spend more time with family or friends and 35% have increased the length of time spent in parks.

Together we can build upon these outcomes, reach more people and make parks the heart of our community once again.