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Address: Lockleaze Play and Stay Place, Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9TD

Telephone: 0117 910 3930

Our major projects

Goblin Combe, Cleeve, Somerset CLOSED FOR REVIEW AS OF SEPTEMBER 2018

A woodland like no other, offering outdoor experiences for schools, clubs, youth and community groups and the public.

Our Environment Centre offers a range of curriculum-linked and outdoor experience activities for people of all ages. We run organised day sessions, residential courses, specialised experiences for those in higher education as well as running an outreach programme with one-to-one mentoring.

Goblin Combe also offers the public free access to 130 acre woodland park with the opportunity to explore North Somerset’s beautiful landscape.

For further information please contact kevin.jackson@groundwork.org.uk


The Vench,
Lockleaze, Bristol

A much loved local landmark, The Vench is an adventure playground in Lockleaze that includes climbing walls, a drop slide, rope balances, a trampoline, a clatter bridge and an expanded outdoor stage.

We offer daily supervised play sessions run by Learning Partnerships West  https://www.lpw.org.uk/ and the playground itself as well as meeting rooms and the kitchen, are all available to hire at very reasonable rates. New fruit trees, herbs and a range of native wild flowers and plants have been planted in the improved kitchen garden which will be used to deliver food growing projects in the future.

A brand new open workshop was also recently installed complete with benches which is run by local charity Life Cyle who run a weekly bike repair and cycling skills sessions on site.

Originally built by a local couple who helped children to build dens and swings on waste ground at the end of Romney Avenue in Lockleaze, Bristol, in the late 1960’s, two teachers and pupils from the local Lockleaze Senior School took a petition to Bristol City Council for support and it was opened officially in 1972 by John Cleese.

For more information please contact Lockleaze@groundwork.org.uk


Heritage Lottery Fund - Future Proof Parks

Groundwork has partnered with Fields in Trust and National Youth Agency to deliver 'Future Proof Parks', a Heritage Lottery Fund programme - part of the £10m 'Kick the Dust' initiative - that aims to get more young people interested and involved in preserving their local park and greenspace heritage. Four Bristol parks are included in this programme: Stoke Park, Blaise Castle, Clifton Down and Mendip AONB. 

For more information visit www.groundwork.org.uk/hlf-future-proof-parks


Oxfordshire Outdoor Learning Services

Oxfordhshire Outdoors is a high quality residential outdoor education service. We have three well placed centres: Kilvrough Manor – Gower Penininsular; Woodlands – Brecon Beacons; Yenworthy Lodge – Exmoor Coast.

An exceptional staff base create course programmes with the visiting schools, to provide a fully rounded provision including residential and activity elements.

Our aim is to make earning fun, enjoyable and real!

For more information visit Oxfordshire Outdoor Learning Services


Tesco Bags of Help 

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme  where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.  Projects range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events. 

Administration of the local funding is managed by Groundwork, and your Community Enabler in the West of England is Madeleine Yarwood. 

For more information contact Madeleine.yarwood@groundwork.org.uk 0117 910 3930  

Groundwork South Tesco Bags of Help

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