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Join us to reimagine parks for the 200,000 people in Bristol and Bath who are shut out

Our most ambitious campaign yet

We are marking our fifth anniversary with the launch of our biggest ever campaign.

Reimagining Parks is an ambitious 12-month campaign to reimagine Bristol and Bath’s parks and green spaces.

With a cost-of-living crisis and a global environmental emergency, it’s simply a no-brainer that we need to ensure more people are able to get out into parks, which are free to enjoy, and that we protect and invest in them for both people and planet.

200,000 people shut out

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Reimagining Parks aims to tackle the barriers that means at least a third of the local population is currently prevented or struggling to access Bristol and Bath’s 580 or so parks and green spaces – and we know it’s a similar story all over the country.

Our work in parks over the last five years and the research we’ve undertaken, shows that the three key factors preventing people from getting out into their local parks are physical accessibility, personal safety and mental wellbeing.

The majority of parks and green spaces across the two cities are not inclusively designed, which significantly impacts access to them – in particular, for Disabled people and carers, women and girls, minority ethnic groups, and people in low-income areas.

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For two months only, every donation made will be doubled by Aviva, so every donation, no matter how small or large, will have double the impact.


We are leading the change

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We’re a small charity but we want to start leading the change. Our ambition is for everyone in Bristol and Bath to have a park that is accessible to them within a ten-minute reach of where they live, work or study. We know that’s going to require collective effort and every measure that is introduced is a step in the right direction to making our parks inclusive.

We’re kicking off the campaign today with an initial challenge to raise £30k within two months, to help get the initial work underway. With this money, we can begin to demonstrate how small improvements can deliver significant impact for people who need it.

For the next 2 months Aviva Community Fund is doubling all donations made to the campaign - donate today to have double the impact.

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Our goals

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Over the 12 months, we aim to:

  • Creating one exemplar park in both Bristol and Bath that is fully accessible to cater for all physical disabilities and differences;
  • Developing a programme of accessible and enjoyable activities, such as sensory walks, supported play sessions, family activities and accessible gardening, in every neighbourhood in Bristol and Bath to support 2,000 people;
  • Having one exemplar park in each city redesigned by a woman, with safety in mind and the introduction of female-focused activities and facilities;
  • Expanding its Roots to Wellbeing* GP-referral programme for people with mental health issues to two new areas of health deprivation in Bristol and Bath, to support 100 people each year;
  • Adapting the Roots to Wellbeing programme to provide regular out of hours activities, such as a summer programme of community gardening, and activities for families, to support 100 people in employment and 100 young people struggling with their mental or physical health.
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Our impact

Since 2019 we have:

- transformed 55 parks for people and nature

- raised £1.2 million for parks

- reached 3,944 people

100% of people who got involved with our services say it improved their mental and physical health.

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