In December 2020 our volunteers helped to restore the Grade 1 historic landscape created by Humphry Repton. Historic England asked us to create a number of ‘windows’ in the tree belt, to open vistas from the Mansion to the grassland beyond. On 9 December we made the first window. Thanks to Deb Erskine for coordinating this.
This short level route connects the Long Ashton Gate with the UWE site in Kennel Lodge Road, avoiding the awkward and busy estate roads up to the house and back again. The path was opened on 10 April 2020, when, with no ceremony, but much joy, we took down the last barriers.
It would not have been possible without: Chris, Ashley, Clive and Gordon from Safety Green Limited who built the path; Veolia Community Trust, with Sustrans and North Somerset Council, who paid for it; Bristol City Council and UWE who own the land; and our volunteers.
Three volunteer workdays on 13,15 and 16 January saw the new route well underway.
With 35 volunteers we relocated fencing, constructed new fencing, planted over 300 hedging plants and tidied the felled timber to create habitat piles. The contractors started preparing the route for stoning, aiming to see the path opened before Easter 2020.
In December 2019 we carried out the preliminary tree work.
This is what we started with: and this is in December 2019:
Planning permission was granted on 30 May 2019 to complete the missing link in the Festival Way connecting Nailsea and central Bristol. This short level route would connect the Long Ashton Gate with the UWE site in Kennel Lodge Road, avoiding the awkward and busy estate roads up to the house and back again.
You can view the planning document here: