Friends of Stockwood Open Spaces was formed in 2009 to help protect and improve the public open spaces of Stockwood, Bristol. Entering "BS14" on Google Maps will find us.
There's the 'Open Space' itself - the protected hillside and meadows that stretch down to Brislington. We have, too, the hillside and the playing fields between upper and lower Stockwood; the 'Sturminster' valley with its tree-lined brook flowing north from the Saltwell Viaduct; and Whitchurch Way, the former railway path offering walkers and cyclists a green escape from the traffic on the main roads.
Already, the Friends have carried out or shared in guided walks, habitat restoration, 'clean-ups' to help get rid of flytipped rubbish and litter. We work with the council and the Wildlife Trust on managing and improving the open spaces, and campaign to protect them from development. We publish occasional newsletters, and we're on the web at www.fosos.org.uk
Our big project now is to restore the old orchard - and enjoy its fruits!
How to join
We're a community organisation, depending entirely on support from local people, and new members are very welcome. Just let us know your contact details and that you wish to join FoSOS.
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
last update 17/10/2018
The summer saw a series of events supported by AWT, local volunteers, and the city council, with opportunities to learn coppicing plus big efforts to tackle encroaching scrub in the orchard and the golf course meadows. AWT and locals have followed up since. Thanks to all.
APPLE PRESSING IN THE SQUARE
On Saturday 27th October, we're planning our fourth annual apple pressing event in the Square outside the Co-op. Using the 'community' apple press and fruit picked from the 'wild' orchard on Stockwood Open Space. From 12 noon, weather permitting. Come and try some! Or help with the picking on Tuesday morning, from 10.30.
FoSOS helps organise clean-ups around Stockwood. Next one's pencilled in for November 24th
STOCKWOOD NOTICE BOARD
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