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Northern Slopes Initiative
CopyrightEvents on the Slopes and beyond

This page tells you about events on the Slopes themselves - plus events from around our local area. It is usually updated as soon as we hear of an event.
girlwithwoodencatCopyrightSO Breaking News - March 2020

News on the implications of coronavirus on using green spaces

From the Government - 27 March 2020

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:
Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible do not travel unnecessarily
You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
Keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
Gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
Please see the latest government guidance on social distancing.

Please be aware that if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) or at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, then you must stay at home. See the latest guidance from Public Health England.

The Northern Slopes are still open for people to enjoy exercising, the beautiful views and the wildlife - as above.

All Green Gym and NSI outdoor activities, including those with other groups, are suspended until further notice.
We look forward to the time when we will be able to do what we usually do.

All other group activities on the Slopes listed below have been suspended as well.

1 - Every Thursday there is a Green Gym which helps you become physically and mentally healthier; and gives you a chance to learn new skills, by taking part in nature conservation activities on the Slopes. All are welcome to come along....please meet up at the entrance gate to the Bommie next to 105 Wedmore Vale.

Its between 10.00am and 12.30pm. The Gym starts with a warm up, then works on tasks such as vegetation clearance, improving paths, making things out of fallen trees etc - and there's chance to meet people. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at the end. Further details from Julia on or ring 07932368172. Sessions are free. Please come prepared with suitable shoes and clothes for the weather.

2 - My Wild Child - for toddlers between 2 and 4.
Meets Weds in term time between 10 and 11.30 during term time on the Bommie next to 105 Wedmore Vale.
No booking required and its free.

The nature based activities run by Avon Wildlife Trust are aimed at toddlers aged 2-4 years but younger siblings are welcome. Please make sure that you are dressed for the weather and supervise your children at all times.

For further information see


Living in a really lively city like Bristol - and in an area where there is a lot going on - it is almost impossible to describe what you can do.

Visit our Links page clickhere and visit the websites/Facebook pages there; or ask the contacts listed about what is going on.

If we have any recommendations we would suggest - depending on what you like doing -
The Park, Daventry Road - just by the Bommie and St Barnabas Church
Knowle West Media Centre
Filwood Community Centre
Linkage - if you are over 55
Windmill Hill City Farm
Knowle West Health Park
Bramble Farm - literally on the Bommie
Springfield, Wedmore Vale and Redcatch East Allotments - next to the Bommie and Glyn Vale site; and
any of the Parks and Green Spaces listed.....

St Monica Trust and Walking for Health - Stroll'n'chat walks for the over 55s
These walks are held on most Mondays and are aimed that those who are doing little exercise at the moment, but would like to become more active. There can be walks on other days.

They use local areas for walks - including the Slopes - but also travel to other locations in and around Bristol.

A lot of walks start from The Park, Daventry Road - (opposite St Barnabas Church) at 10am. (new walkers need to be there at 9.50am) Returning to the Park for coffee or lunch.

But those walks that are not immediately local to our area can involve travelling by bus to a meeting point and having refreshments elsewhere. You will need money for bus fares and refreshments.

Contact: Fiona Martin - on 01173052365 - or for details.

Walks for life
There are three walking groups organised by Knowle West Health Park, Downton Road which use local areas:
One heart walks - are for people who are recovering from illness. Starts outside the Health Park Centre on Mondays at 11am.
Two heart walks - for people able to cover 1 to 2 miles - Thursday
Three heart walks - for people able to cover 2 to 3 miles - Tuesdays
Contact Laura Hathway - 0117 377 2257 for further details.
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We only hold one formal meeting a year to which all are welcome, which is our AGM the next one will be held on xx January 2021 at 7.30pm at the Park, Daventry Road, BS4 1DQ.

The AGM is where we hear about what has happened in the previous year - elect people to be Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and to be on the Committee/Core Group of the NSI - and set priorities for the new year.

If you want us to talk about something - and possibly have a meeting (in addition to the AGM) about it please contact us.

If we call a meeting it will be advertised here - and in our Newsletter.

Our Newsletter (which is free to anyone who wants to received it) is quick and easy way to pick up what is going on, on the Slopes.

If you want to know more about any of the above, receive the newsletter, or correspondence relating to what we do, or help us - please email us on:

and finally.....
Its true to say that we could not carry on without the help from:
...the City Council who look after the Slopes
....The Park, Daventry Road
...voluntary organisations and volunteers,
….The Knowledge and South Bristol Voice newspapers
...individuals who spend their time looking after the Slopes, talking to us, organising, campaigning and the
...users of the Slopes.
A big thank you for your help and support!