We’re pretty proud of our green spaces in Bristol. From Clifton Downs to College Green, Ashton Court Estate and Arnos Vale Cemetery, each is unique from the other. Be it exploring the magical woodland of Blaise Castle or soaking up sunshine and vibes in Castle Park, there’s somewhere to suit every mood. There are over 400 parks and green spaces in Bristol. And as a city closely circled by the countryside, Bristolians are never far from the great outdoors. In fact, 88% of residents live within a distance of 300m to a green space.
We’re not the only ones that think Bristol has something special either. Three of its parks have been nominated in Fields In Trust’s search for the UK’s favourite park. Field In Trust champion and support parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy, so know what they are talking about. Competition is tight however. Surprisingly, none of the above green spaces are in the running. Instead, Bristol is represented by the equally beautiful Eastville Park, Oldbury Court Estate and St George Park.
All three parks are situated in East Bristol. Something we think is brilliant to see, as it is an often underrepresented side of the city. Eastville Park appears to be the most obvious pick of the bunch. The grand Victorian park is spacious and has a lush, diversified landscape – from the woodlands to the wildflower meadow, fishing lake and community garden. With tennis courts, bowling greens and a playground too, it caters to all needs and is much appreciated green space in the area. No wonder it attracts one million visitors each year.
Not to say the other two are not worthy of attention. Oldbury Court Estate’s dense woodland and riverside pathways makes it a beautiful destination for walkers. While St George Park’s nominator described the gorgeous and open green space as “a blessing.” They said, “My daughter has learned to walk through the gorgeous trees, I’ve met and made friends.”
While it’s difficult to predict these Bristol parks’ chances, there’s lots of fierce competition this year. From the tip of Cornwall all the way to the Scottish Highlands, UK residents have nominated 364 parks across the country for the award. Voting ends at noon on August 18, with results announced later in the month.
Alongside Eastville Park, Oldbury Court Estate and St George Park other local parks nominated include Alice Park in Bath and Page Park in Staple Hill. To ensure your favourite Bristol park wins click here, while also seeing other parks up for consideration.