Clifton and Hotwells
Improvement Society (CHIS)

** looks better when viewed in browser supporting current standards***

CHIS Guide to Nature in Clifton

Richard Bland
deer by the bridge

Garden working parties

One Tree Per Child Bristol

One Tree Per Child Bristol ( is planting 36,000 trees in Bristol; one for every primary school aged child in the city this winter during December 2015 to March 2016.

Grounds Maintenance Contract Consultation

October 2014: The Contract Consultation is with a view to encouraging as many people to participate as possible. There is a ‘paper’ survey sheet and an electronic ‘Survey Monkey’ version that can be found at this link : More details

Observatory Playground

May 2014: Playground open for use
playground playground
playground playground
playground playground
March 2014: Large equipment being assembled. Small equipment will appear end of March, including a seat provided by CHIS

13/03224/FB - The Downs New Play Area, Clifton Down Proposed play area applied for Aug 2013, granted October 2013
observatory playground

March 8th 2013: The Observatory playground Consultation ends. The consultation proposals can be seen at It is only a choice between 2 schemes, no apparent chance to suggest anything else
The result of the consultation was that the majority of people responding preferred the option without the bespoke unit.

Severn Estuary Consultation

June 2013: A group of MPs on an influential House of Commons select committee has concluded the case for a £35 billion tidal barrage across the Severn estuary to generate electricity is as yet "unproven". It cannot recommend the Hafren Power scheme, describing it as "no knight in shining armour for renewables". The verdict should allow Bristol Port company to go ahead with plans for a deep container port that could create thousands of jobs.

The committee's conclusion follows more than six months of gathering information and hearing from experts on the economic and environmental impacts of the scheme. In a report published today – A Severn Barrage? – MPs say that while the barrage could help tackle climate change, the Hafren Power scheme had failed to demonstrate economic, environmental and public acceptability. Hafren Power proposed an 11-mile fixed tidal barrage between Brean and Lavernock Point.

April 23rd 2012: The Government public consultation on the Severn Estuary was open. If you have views please send them to or D Cook, Sept of Energy, Severn Tidal Power team, 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET

The RSPB is running a campaign, and would like copies of anything sent; send to or S Roddy Severn consultation campaign FREEPOST ANG6335 RSPB The Lodge Sandy Beds SG19 2BR.

For additional information go to and follow campaigns link

Parks and Green Spaces Strategy

Fraser Bridgeford, Hugh Holden, Alison Bromilow, Ben Barker, Rob Acton-Campbell
tug of war in victoria square
Tug of war in Victoria Square

Jan 08: The funding proposals for the Parks and Green Spaces Strategy have been revised as follows: There have had a number of meetings and discussions with Cabinet members and Parks officers since the last Parks Forum meeting. It has become clear that the figures in the consultation PGSS were under-calculated and that the proposed work to raise and maintain parks to a good standard would not be possible under the £87 million that was identified in the PGSS. Following our talks the revised financial model is going to be put to the cabinet meeting on 21st February when the Parks and Green Spaces Strategy goes for cabinet approval.
We think that this is a good deal for parks and recommend that the Forum endorses this funding proposal and supports the adoption of the Parks and Green Spaces Strategy.


Further information is available at and click on The Downs

Useful links

CHIS home | About CHIS | Events | Planning | Contact
© CHIS Registered charity 259371