Next time you go shopping at Kings Chase Shopping Centre, look out for the giant squirrel poster!
It's been kindly supplied by the Friends of Kingswood Park to publicise their activities to brighten up Kingswood.
The poster is now in place as you can see, in the usual spot next to the entrance of Sainsbury’s.
Kingswood Park offers children's play areas, a bowling green with pavilion and tennis courts, and public toilets with disabled facilities.
Kingswood Park, High Street, Kingswood BS15 4AD
Reformed in 2014, Friends of Kingswood Park are a non-profit voluntary group, united in the desire to improve Kingswood Park and make it a vibrant community space.
They're giving you more reasons to visit, as well as improving facilities.
The Friends are working primarily to improve Kingswood Park and attract more visitors. But they cannot stay within the railings and expect the crowds to come flocking. So, they are giving Kingswood first-hand experience of the benefits of a bit of green around the place, thus providing a link to Kingswood Park.
Visit www.facebook.com/ourkingswoodpark to find out more.
To contact the group, email: , telephone/text Secretary Jim Whittaker on 07790 234 087 or follow them on Twitter: @K_Pfriends.
The Friends of Kingswood Park's official photographer Denis has kindly supplied the new photos on this page.
Help fill Kingswood Park with colourful Santas and see the smiles.
Every December we invite you to leave a Santa in the Park to brighten up our winter.
Schoolchildren delight in making and fixing their Santa to a tree or to the railings - we have seen some very creative Santas in previous years!
Families decorate a tree and leave a message.
During a damp afternoon in Regent Street, Kingswood, the Royal Horticultural Society presented the Friends of Kingswood Park with two prestigious awards recognizing their work in Kingswood Park and in Kingswood Town Centre.
The Friends entered both areas into the ‘It's Your Neighbourhood’ strand of Britain in Bloom earlier this year to gain their critical assessments and expert advice.
Denise James the RHS assessor, awarded the Town Centre a level 2 – improving – certificate, and Kingswood Park a level 3 – advancing – certificate.
Of the Town Centre Denise told us:
“You should all be congratulated on the way in which you have transformed the raised beds in Cecil Road and Park Road, particularly in relation to the timescales and the amount of work that was required to remove the former shrubs. There is no reason why as the project develops over the next year or so, that Kingswood could not enter into the main South West in Bloom Town Centre category. I look forward to seeing how the project develops over the next year.”
And of Kingswood Park:
“For a first-time entry into the Its Your Neighbourhood scheme, you have done exceptionally well to achieve level 3. You should all be congratulated on the work that you are carrying out. Kingswood is very fortunate to have such a wonderful park and a group of volunteers who are passionate and dedicated in raising the profile of the park. I look forward to meeting you all again next year and seeing how your projects have developed further.”
By organising park events, lobbying for park improvements and enriching Kingswood’s green environment, The Friends hope to reawaken the community spirit that once brought crowds onto the streets leading to Kingswood Park. A thriving community makes everyone happier and healthier.
We need to tell everyone what we are doing and how much better the Town Centre is looking and how much better it will look as we move forward. We hope a few more neighbours will help us with planting and weeding, etc., to make it a real community effort.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, providing an opportunity for smaller community groups to get involved.
RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood is a unique scheme for volunteered led community gardening projects/groups who are focused on improving their local environment through community gardening.
They can be working in their local street, estate where they live, a back alley they share with their neighbours, or the local community centre’s outdoor space.
Almost any outdoor site being looked after by the local community qualifies for this scheme.
RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood is an inclusive, non-competitive scheme, a group can be made up of any number of community volunteers.
I am sorry to say we are still suffering vandalism in our park.
Sometime during the evening or night of 14 November the remaining trunk of an old tree was pushed over and left on the ground. The trunk was about 1.5 metres high and about 30 cms in diameter so it must have taken some effort to topple it.
The trunk was halfway along a footpath running parallel with the burial ground.
We have reported this to the police because of the similar attack to our owl carving late last month.
The police have given us the report number 31615112017. If you have any information concerning this incident please call 101.
We are expecting work to begin soon on installing much needed new equipment for the children’s play area. This will only be the first phase of a more substantial improvement programme.
And we will soon be ordering some more benches so we can sit and relax in next year's sunshine.
Vandals have attacked the ‘owl’ wood carving at the south end of Kingswood Park. The carving has been snapped at the base and was left lying nearby on the ground. At the same time a young tree was similarly broken at ground level.
We have placed the attack somewhere around 27 to 31 October.
It is possible that we may be able to re-fix the carving in concrete, but of course it would lose some height. The young tree cannot be saved.
We have reported the attack to the police. If you know anyone who might have some information please ask them to contact the police on 101 quoting the crime reference 5217254869.
The police ask that we report any anti social or criminal activity witnessed in Kingswood Park to the police using the 101 number. Of course, in an emergency or if crime is in progress use 999.
We entered Kingswood Park and the Kingswood Town Centre in the Royal Horticultural Society ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ assessment.
We were assessed earlier this year. Kingswood Park gained a ‘Level 3 - Advancing’ award certificate. Kingswood Town Centre gained a Level 2 - Advancing’ award certificate.
As this is our first year we are quite pleased and keen to improve next year.
The Friends of Kingswood Park, along with Kingswood Business Association, have created a new initiative: Springswood.
This is to brighten up Kingswood High Street with planters and raised beds.
The raised beds have been in Kingswood for some time but have been neglected, so Raf one of the members worked very hard clearing them ready for replanting.
They were subsequently planted up ready for the summer. They have done very well and a couple of the businesses agreed to help with the watering.
The Whitfield Tabernacle has long been an eyesore in Kingswood. A great pity, because it is probably the most prominent icon of Kingswood's rich heritage.
This is the burned out ruin backing onto Park Road, and there are moves afoot to do something about it.
Please show your support by completing the survey here.
This could be Kingswood's most valuable asset. It could attract visitors and vastly improve business in the area. Do the survey, please.
The Friends of Kingswood Park are proud to be supporting the re-launched Kingswood Business Association, and will be working local businesses to help increase trade and footfall in Kingswood.
Details of joint projects and events will be posted on this page - come back soon to find out more.
The Friends of Kingswood Park are very proud to be fundraising for renovating the Kingswood Park children’s play area.
The children’s play area is in great need of improvement. There are two sad derelict items and the others are well used.
We have consulted extensively with equipment providers and with park users of all ages. Our proposals mean that we need to raise £215,000 to provide the play area Kingswood truly deserves.
We need all your help and ideas so please contact us.
Many many different groups of visitors use Kingswood Park for a wide variety of recreations and long may that continue.
Regrettably, a small minority of visitors leave their litter behind spoiling the Park for the majority.
South Gloucestershire Council collect litter during the week, but during the weekend, when Kingswood Park is at its busiest, there is no litter collection.
A few weeks ago a visitor told the Friends she would be happy to pick up litter on the occasional weekend.
We have discussed this with the Council and they are prepared to provide the right equipment for the job.
We now want to find a core of volunteers who would go on a little rota for weekend litter picking.
We had a good turnout for the official unveiling of the Heritage Board.
We managed to dodge the worst of the weather and Councillor Williams, Chair of the Council gave a few words before inviting Bill Douglas, great-grandson of the founder of Douglas Motorcycles, to assist her with the unveiling of the board.
Mark Griffiths, then Chair of Friends of Kingswood Park, and Dennis Noble, Chair of Kingswood History Society, said a few words thanking the relevant people for their work in making this possible.
We were also pleased to welcome Doreen Lindegaard, sister of the late Colin Pillinger, and Judith Pillinger, wife of the late Colin Pillinger. Sam Church, the illustrator also joined the celebrations.
We then had several photographs taken to commemorate the event before the cloud burst and we all made a dash to the Kingswood and Hanham Bowls Club out of the rain, where they had kindly laid on a superb buffet lunch.
A beautiful cake topped off the proceedings, which we all enjoyed immensely.
The Friends of Kingswood Park organise an annual Family Fun Day in Kingswood Park.
Come along and enjoy a range of family fun activities, live music and refreshments - all with free entry.
Enjoy activities and workshops, live performances, multi sports, stalls and stands, live music and storytelling.
Go hunting for eggs in Kingswood Park at Easter, with a prize every time, and refreshments available.
Click here to view a selection of photos from the 2016 Armed Forces Day on the South Gloucestershire Council Flickr page.
Photo courtesy of South Gloucestershire Council
Armed Forces Day honours the contribution made by current members of the armed forces and by veterans of all ages.
It raises awareness in the community of the work the military do, the skills that can be learned by joining the forces and how those skills benefit the community on leaving the forces.
South Gloucestershire Council organises a veterans' parade with marching band and military vehicles and a drum head ceremony.
In the park there are stalls, demonstrations and activities for all the family.