The Northern Slopes Initiative "raising awareness of stunning views and hidden places" 
Northern Slopes Initiative
CopyrightThe Northern Slopes Initiative (NSI) and this website
CopyrightThe Northern Slopes Initiative is a group of people seeking to maintain, conserve and enhance their local green open space in South Bristol, known and grouped collectively as the Northern Slopes, or the Slopes.

Originally set up to protect the areas from housing development, the Group has expanded its work to encourage others to join with them to work for the benefit of the people and communities that live around the Slopes; and to conserve and enhance the environment and features that make the Slopes what they are.

This website has information about:
- the different parts of the Slopes
- latest news
- events and
- what the Northern Slopes Initiative does.

There is also a downloadable leaflet about the Slopes below, plus a downloadable Nature Diary and Walk leaflets on the relevant pages.

Download our leaflet:-

Leaflet Part 1 (1100k)
Leaflet Part 2 (879k)
CopyrightWhere are the Slopes and why are they important
CopyrightThe Slopes are three areas of green open space situated 3 kilometres to the south of the centre of Bristol in England, United Kingdom.

Increasingly areas like the Slopes are getting difficult to find in Bristol as development pressure on green space increases.

The areas are used by local people for getting around, dog walking, exercise, cycling, distance running, informal play, exploring, watching wildlife, growing and finding food, getting away from the stresses of everyday life and for admiring the spectacular views across Bristol.

In addition to the human users - there are a wide range of habitats and species on the sites as the sites link together to form a pathway/green infrastructure to and from other parts of South and Central Bristol and beyond.

The views from Slopes are stunning - and they change on different parts of the Slopes. So at the top of the Bommie (eastern end) - its central Bristol and west to Long Ashton; on Glyn Vale and Kingswear its central bristol and east to Purdown; and finally on Novers (western end) views to central Bristol, Long Ashton and around Dundry Hill. And of course the Slopes can be seen from those locations as well.

All the above - the wildness and "rural" nature of the areas which are very different from the traditional formal park - and their location in this part of South Bristol make the Slopes in our view unique.

However, there are problems with keeping paths open, litter, fly tipping, fires, vandalism and general neglect which we work with others to sort out.

The Slopes are shown on the map below. From left to right (West to East) the areas are known as Novers Common, Kingswear, Glyn Vale and Wedmore Vale (The Bommie), although local people may use the other names included in the map below.

If you want to see the area on Google Maps - go to
Copyright A map of the area

To find out more about the areas click on the linked names on the map. This will lead to pages for each area which will tell you something about them.
NSI Wedmore Vale/Stockwood Crescent - The bommie Glyn Vale/Kenmare/Cloverdown The Novers/Novers Common

Schools visit the SlopesIf you wish to make comments about problems such overgrown paths, litter, fly tipping, fires, vandalism and anti-social behaviour • or even better say something nice about the Slopes... please contact Bristol City Council's parks department who own much of the Slopes. They can be contacted on 0117 9223719, or by email on

Alternatively, fly tipping can be reported directly via the City Council website: or

We hope by looking at our website you will get some idea of why we think the Slopes are:

One of Bristol's brilliant green spaces for people and wildlife - now and in the future

Can you help?

If you would like to help maintain, conserve and enhance the Slopes we would welcome offers of help or donations, our contact details are on the Contact page click here

or go to our Facebook group page: