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Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve

Green Flag
Award Winner

2007/8 - 2011/12
5 in a row!

 Troopers Hill Green Flag Award 2011/12 Certificate

The winners of the 2011/12 awards were announced on 25th July and Friends of Troopers are pleased to be able to celebrate the hill winning its fifth green flag. There were eight green flags awarded to Bristol City Council this year with St Andrew's Park being added to last year's 'magnificent seven'. The flags and certificates were presented at St Andrew's Park at lunchtime.

Troopers Hill Gang at St Andrews, photo by Beatrice

Troopers Hill on the Green Flag Website >>

5 Flags at Work Party 6th Aug 5 In a RowTroopers Hill first won a Green Flag in 2007 along with the Downs so this is our fifth flag.

Last year's first time winner, another local park - Netham Park - retained their flag. Other winners were Blaise Castle Estate and Queen Square who received their first flag 2008 and St Paul's Park and Ashton Court Estate who won for the first time in 2009. Troopers Hill remains Bristol's only Green Flag Nature Reserve.

Susan, Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill expressed her thanks to all those at Bristol Parks:

This is just a huge thank you to all concerned in bringing back the Green Flag to Troopers Hill for a 5th year.

Itís been a brilliant team effort. Julian is "our" man on the ground, ably and effectively supported by Carol providing the continuous hands on management of the site and the visible interface to the public with the rest of Daveís team providing support for the bigger jobs. Last yearís work on the bank on Troopers Hill required input from all levels and areas of Parks, including the Conservation and Arboreal teams and we had an effective handover of the work between Jamie and John, our then incoming and outgoing Area Park Managers, when they must have had a great deal of other matters in hand.

Troopers Hill Gang at St Andrews 5 In a RowWe were also delighted to see the work on the Greendown entrance completed using the funding we had raised from YANSEC. This project had needed involvement not only from Parks teams but also the services of a landscape architect from the Neighbourhoods and City Development team.

We have also had support on the administration side with Health and Safety courses being provided for our volunteer work party leaders, support with our publicity and we were very pleased with the new presentation of information about Troopers Hill on the council website. Adrianís hard work, effectively co-ordinating the Green Flag applications has been really appreciated.

Flag Going Up Work Party 6th Aug The new flag was hoisted at our Work Party on Saturday 6th August.

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There was no formal judging in 2011. As Troopers Hill Nature Reserve has held the award for over 2 years and scored over 70% in 2010 we will now only be formally assessed every two years. However the site may be 'mystery shopped' during the next 12 months, so it is important that the maintenance standards are maintained.

You can find out more about how Troopers Hill is maintained on our Management Plan page.

Evening Post Report on Bristol's eighth flag >>

Evening Post Report - Delight as reserve wins fifth award >>

Evening Post Report on St Andrew's Park Celebration Event >>

What is a Green Flag?

Bristol Parks visit 19 Dec 07 - Click to enlarge To qualify for the award a site has to be well managed, have good community involvement and where possible be accessible to all. Each award is for 12 months but with the full commitment of Bristol Parks we are sure that we will keep the flag flying for the foreseeable future. The Green Flag Award website has lots of information about the award including a list of the 'key criteria' that sites have to meet and details of all the other Green Flag sites around the country.
The judges provide feedback on each site which gives an indication of what they liked and what they think needs to be addressed before the following year. Due to our high score in 2008/9 there was no formal judging in 2009, but the hill can be visited at any time to ensure that the standards are being maintained.

 Green Flag Judges Feedback Report 2010

 Green Flag Judges Feedback Report 2008

 Green Flag Judges Feedback Report 2007

www.bristol.gov.uk/greenflagparks >>
Friends of Troopers Hill with the Green Flag on 4th August 2007 - Click to enlargeA big thank you to everyone who has joined us on Work Parties, supported our events or other activities, delivered newsletters or helped us in any other way.

Strong involvement of the local community is a major factor in the assessment of Green Flag sites so everyone involved with Friends of Troopers Hill has played their part and should be proud of this achievement.

Green Flag Award 2010/11

 Troopers Hill Green Flag Award 2010/11 Certificate

Green Flag Work Party 07 Aug 2010 - Click for moreFollowing judging in early June, the winners of the Green Flag Awards for 2010/11 were announced on 28th July. Troopers Hill was again successful and has now held the Green Flag for four years running. The new flag was fixed to the flagpole at our Work Party on 7th August.

It has been good to see that the high standards of management have continued over the last year. Special thanks are due to our 'Head Gardener' Dave and all his team but in particular of course our 'Community Park Keeper' Julian. They all continued the great work done over the past few years. Also we must mention Keith who did such good stuff over the 6 months while Julian was off sick. Our 'Area Park Manager' Jamie and 'Community Park Officer' Gary have both now got to know the site and us and have worked hard to find solutions to the problems the hill has thrown at them. We hope that we will be able to continue to work with all the team over the next few years to keep the flag flying.

Green Flag Award Ceremony, St Paul's Park 28 July 2010 - Click to enlargeThis year's Green Flags were presented at St Paul's Park at lunchtime on 28 July. Entertainment was provided by Ciromedia. The photograph shows, Julian, Susan, Tracey Morgan (Service Director - Environment & Leisure), Keith & Rob with the flag and the new St Paul's play area in the background (click on photo to enlarge).

Another vital element in our success this year was the completion of our YANSEC funded project to improve the entrance at Greendown and install new signs and benches. Details of the project are on our YANSEC project page

Media Reports:
Green Flag awards handed to seven Bristol parks - BBC Website
Park joins list of city sites to fly the green flag for quality - Evening Post

The 2009/10 Award

 Troopers Hill Green Flag Award 2009/10 Certificate

Green Flag Award Ceremony, Bournemouth 22 July 2009 - Click to enlargeThe results for the 2009/10 Green Flag Award were announced on 22nd July 2009. We were very pleased to learn that Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve had been awarded a flag for a third year. There are now 6 Green Flag sites in Bristol. The Downs also won for the third year, Blaise Castle Estate and Queen Square are second time winners, while St Paul's Park and Ashton Court have won for the first time; with Ashton Court also scooping a coveted Green Heritage Site Award.

Friends of Troopers Hill would like to thank everyone who has played their part in achieving this success especially Julian our 'Parkie' who ensures that the hill is always looking at its best. Julian joined other representatives from Bristol at the Award Ceremony in Bournemouth to collect the flag and is in the centre of the photo above. On the left of the photo is Claire who was our CPM until April 2009 and played a big part in this latest success. Adrian behind Claire acted as assistant CPM and did much of the work behind the scenes to make sure all the necessary documents and information were submitted on time.

Helen on the Fourth Plinth on 4th August 2009Friends of Troopers Hill were delighted to have a chance to show off the Green Flag to the world on Tuesday 4th August at 5 am when our Secretary, Helen, took her place on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One & Other project www.oneandother.co.uk.

Click here for photos, the video and more information about Helen's visit to London.

The 2008/9 Award

 Troopers Hill Green Flag Award 2008 Certificate

The Bristol Contract Services Team - L-R:
Julian, Steve, Dave (Team Leader), Vernon, Richard,
Keith, & Charlie -  photo by Pauline, Click to enlargeThe team at Bristol Parks responsible for our second Green Flag success included Sally, John, Claire, Phil, Caroline and Adrian. Also Dave, Julian and the rest of their team at what was then Bristol Contract Services (pictured left). Thanks were also due to YANSEC for their continuing support.

Throughout 2007 and into 2008 Bristol Parks continued to maintain the site in accordance with the Management Plan both to protect the heathland and acid grassland and to ensure that the hill is safe and welcoming to visitors. Julian now visits the site two days per week on average to ensure that it is well maintained and that any problems are rapidly dealt with.

The 2007/8 Award

The Lord Mayor of Bristol with the Green Flag on 1st August 2007The Lord Mayor of Bristol with the Green Flag on 1st August 2007
To celebrate our first award in 2007 the Lord Mayor of Bristol visited Troopers Hill for a photo shoot. Friends of Troopers Hill were on hand to show him the site and tell him something about what we have achieved. The Lord Mayor had a look inside the chimney and also seemed keen to try and climb it! A press release about the award can be read here. Amongst some of the publicity we received we were also featured in the Autumn edition of Bristol News; the Nature in the City Newsletter and in Avon Frome Bulletin No 1 In working towards the 2007/8 Award Bristol Parks extended our YANSEC funded wheelchair accessible path and installed two new benches and a new interpretation board.
The Award Ceremony in LeedsSusan and Rob were very pleased and honoured to be be invited to Leeds to received the flag on behalf of Friends of Troopers Hill.

We were joined at the ceremony by Phil Williamson from Bristol Parks who is also Green Flag judge (though he is not allowed to judge sites in Bristol!) and Gordon Millward who is responsible for management of the Downs.

Phil worked very hard in the early part of the year to update our Management Plan and was also involved in the work that was carried out on the hill prior to the judging.
Bristol Parks visit 19 Dec 07 - Click to enlargeSome of the staff from Bristol Parks visited the hill on 19 Dec 2007 as part of their staff conference. Friends of Troopers Hill were on hand together with John, Sally and Julian from BCS to talk about the hill, the Green Flag Award and the work of the group.

We were very pleased to be able to show of 'our' hill to some of those who work behind the scenes or elsewhere in the city. Everyone we have met at Bristol Parks has always been very helpful and keen to do everything they can to make Troopers Hill and other parks and green spaces in Bristol something of which the city can be really proud.

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