Friends of Eastwood Farm Activities
FoEF volunteers look after our Local Nature Reserve alongside Bristol Parks. Generally speaking, we look after the paths and other matters around access, keep the space clear of rubbish, control Himalyan balsam, and deal with day to day issues within our capabilities. The parks service cut the meadows and the hedges, give some infrastructure support and support us in dealing with issues that arise.
Monthly work parties:
We have regular work days on the first Saturday of each month, which are really not so arduous, with a couple of hours’ work, a cup of tea and a chat, and then off home for lunch. However, with a good group of us, we get a lot done. We meet by our store near Eastwood Barn (3-word location – ///reason.wiping.riding) at 10:00 a.m.
We also do occasional other work parties when needed, which are normally advertised on the WhatsApp group, as well as special events.
In 2023, concerned about motorbikes racing around the place, we fixed a motorbike barrier on the path down to the river from Beeses’ car park (thanks to funding from the Coop). At the same time, we fenced all open points on the east side of the lane and built a style. There were much fewer motorbikes last summer, so it appears to have been a great success.
With the aim of encouraging more local people to use the nature reserve, we created 3 waymarked routes of varying difficulty. There are new signes at each entrance with maps and information, and the routes are marked by waymark posts, as well as paint marks on trees, benches, fences and anything else that doesn’t move. The project was largely funded by the Avon Catchment Partnership Fund, who we’re most grateful to.
This is our annual fun-filled community/charity event for everyone in our local and surrounding area! BrizDay has been initiated and generously supported by Beeses. All funds raised go to Friends of Eastwood Farm to fund our projects in our nature reserve!
BrizDay 2023 took place on Easter Saturday, 8th of April, a lovely sunny day, with nearly 100 people enjoying the Easter Egg hunt and meeting the Easter Bunny! There was quite a crowd down at Beeses, keeping our 19 volunteers very busy with the tombola, kids games, face painting, and much more.
Briz day 2024 will be on 30th March of that very year.
Previous Briz days
- BrizDay 8th April 2023
- BrizDay 6 April 2022
- BrizDay 2021 Easter Bunny visit
- BrizDay 2020 (cancelled due to Covid19)
- BrizDay 13 April 2019
- BrizDay 24 March 2018
Our 2024 calendar is now on sale for £8 each or £7.50 for multiples, and are available from Beeses, 53 Eastwood Road, 210 Allison Road and These Two Hands Gift Shop on Sandy Park Road.