Parks and open spaces
Green Flag parks
Abbots Pool, Abbots Leigh
A large pond is the central feature of this woodland, originally developed for the medieval practice of farming fish. The tobacco magnate Walter Melville Wills owned the property from 1915-1945 and changed the pond to its current appearance, raising the level of the dam, building the wildlife island and the small boat-house in the form of a cave at one end of the dam. Surrounding the pool is idyllic mature woodland containing some enormous oak and beech trees. An abundance of wildlife can be found here including deer, bats and birds, including the occasional kingfisher.
Jubilee Park, Weston-super-Mare
The park was designed to create an open space that would link the urban areas and the distinctive rural landscape character of the Somerset Levels. It includes the existing rhynes and has tree planting like willow and black poplar trees. It has a street skate plaza, dirt bike track and unique play equipment. Stone pillars mark the entrances and benches have been positioned so visitors can enjoy the landscape.
Lake Grounds, Portishead
The Lake Grounds is situated to the north of Portishead. The 15 hectare site boasts commanding views far across the bay to Wales and offers a tranquil escape from its urban surroundings. The site is managed through amenity mowing, with the exception of some small pockets of wet meadow and the larger wildflower meadow to the north of the site. with the lake to its centre and Battery Point to the north, the site offers a range of outdoor recreation opportunities to both locals and visitors.
Volunteers, from both Pride in Portishead and Portishead in Bloom, play a key role in the success of this site. As a result of their input regular litter picks take place, as well as development of the wildflower meadows, tree planting and the stunning array of colour that is Rodmoor Gardens. For more information, or to get involved, contact Portishead in Bloom or Pride in Portishead.
Prince Consort Gardens, Weston-super-Mare
Located on the north west fringe of Weston-super-Mare, set back in an elevated position from the seafront and Birnbeck Pier, commanding fine views over the Bristol Channel. The gardens are terraced over three levels and include lawns, flower and shrub beds, rockeries, an ornamental pond, a boating pond, Victorian shelter and plenty of seating for people to relax and enjoy the views.
The Friends of Prince Consort Gardens meet at 10am each Saturday to carry out a range of activities, from planting to litter picking. For more information, or to get involved, contact the Friends of Prince Consort Gardens.
Trendlewood Community Park, Nailsea
Situated in the south east of Nailsea, this is an important green space in an urban town. The park provides an extensive space for recreation and is important as a play space for local children, containing a large play area and lots of opportunities for natural play. The park is popular with dog walkers and a bridleway runs along part of the park. It is used as a route to school and work and links the town with the surrounding countryside.
The Friends of Trendlewood Park meet on the first Sunday and third Tuesday each month. They work throughout the year in the park, including within the woodland, carrying out a range of activities from planting tree sapling and wild flowers to controlling scrub and bramble spread. For more information, or to get involved, visit the Friends of Trendlewood Park website.
Uphill Local Nature Reserve, Weston-super-Mare
Uphill Hill is situated to the southern edge of Uphill village, to the south of Weston-super-Mare. It is an important open space within this large urban area. The main hill is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and local nature reserve, and is noted for some of the rarest calcareous grassland species. The hill lies within a complex of important wildlife sites such as coastal grazing marsh and tidal habitats.
Much of the site is managed through organic grazing by cows during the summer, while the cliff face is grazed by Soay sheep during the winter. Volunteer wardens help to look after both Uphill Hill and the neighbouring Avon Wildlife Trust site, Walborough. They keep an eye on the livestock, clear up litter and remove invasive species – mainly ragwort. We’re always looking for more volunteers for this site. For more information, or to get involved, contact our streets and open spaces team.
Watchhouse Hill, Pill
Watchhouse Hill is a 10-hectare public open space situated on the eastern edge of the village of Pill. The site runs alongside the River Avon which is bordered by mature woodland, in contrast to the landscaped area and large field which is mown as a hay meadow to provide a haven for wildlife. These areas provide a large open space for recreational activities and are popular with dog walkers, whilst two football pitches and a multi-use games area provide facilities for formal recreation.
Watchhouse Hill provides a range of habitat types from the community orchard to scrub margins and wildflower meadow. The Friends of Watchhouse Hill carry out periodic work days throughout the year, as well as holding a number of community events such as Apple Day in the orchard and a yearly Wassail. For more information contact the Friends of Watchhouse Hill.
The Green Flag award
The Green Flag Award scheme recognises the very best and well managed parks and open spaces, with parks being judged against set criteria.
If you would like any more information on any of these sites, or other volunteering opportunities across North Somerset’s open spaces, contact our streets and open space team.
01275 888 802