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Six months of tunnelling work to begin soon in Three Brooks nature reserve

Posted on Friday 10th February 2017 at 8:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Picnic tables near the 'duck pond' in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke.

Work to construct part of a major new sewer link is expected to get under way in Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve in April, Wessex Water has announced.

The new 5km-long link will run from Frampton Cotterell to Bradley Stoke, where it will join up with an existing section of the Frome Valley Relief Sewer (FVRS) that was constructed in the early 1990s.

Once the “missing link” is completed, the FVRS will divert waste water flows from Yate to the Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth via a route around the north of Bristol, rather than alongside the Frome Valley and through the centre of Bristol.

The work within the nature reserve, which is expected to last for approximately six months, will involve setting up a work compound centred on the triangular area of grass near the ‘duck pond’, where two picnic tables were recently installed by Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC). Here, a six-metre deep underground chamber will be constructed from where a tunnel will be bored to accommodate the new 1.8m-diameter sewer pipe. The tunnel will run from the chamber near the ‘duck pond’ to a point on the other side of the M4 motorway.

Wessex Water’s project manager Mike Bryant informed the January meeting of BSTC’s Planning Committee that the work at the nature reserve site will be carried out using 12-hour daytime shifts for five days per week. The first five to six weeks of work are expected to create the most noise, while the tunnelling shaft is constructed. Thereafter, there will be much less noise as the work will be going on underground and equipment on the surface (such as generators) will be “almost silent”.

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Details of proposed Bradley Stoke parkrun published ahead of town council debate

Posted on Monday 20th June 2016 at 10:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Route of proposed parkrun in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke.

Details of an application made by local representatives of parkrun UK to hold two weekly running events in Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve have been published on the town council’s website.

The application has been made to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), which owns the nature reserve and will make the final decision on whether or not to grant permission, but the town council, along with other interested parties, has been invited to submit comments.

Consultation on the application was originally due to end on 20th June, but has been extended so that the town council can discuss the matter at its meeting this Wednesday (22nd June).

In its application, parkrun UK says it seeks “shared use of the course”, with runners being instructed to “respect other park users and give way if necessary”.

A 5km timed run for adults would take place at 9am every Saturday, with a 2km run for children being held at 9am on Sundays. If attracting similar numbers to the recently closed Little Stoke parkrun, the Saturday event might be expected to see as many as 300 runners using the nature reserve.

Both runs would start on the path beneath the bridge where Bradley Stoke Way crosses over the Stoke Brook and finish nearby on the path that leads down into the nature reserve on the north-east side of Bradley Stoke Way.

The routes would see participants running in both directions along the path between Brook Way and the ‘duck pond’, with the adult runners additionally using the path between the ‘duck pond’ and a point just short of the footbridge behind Bradley Stoke Community School.

The application states that parkrunners are encouraged to walk, jog, cycle or take public transport to events, or car share where possible. Those driving to Bradley Stoke parkrun will be directed to the Willow Brook shopping centre, with the agreement of the centre management. Participants will be asked not to use the leisure centre car park or residential streets for parking.

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Local students campaign for more lighting in the nature reserve

Posted on Saturday 17th October 2015 at 10:27 pm by Shaun Hickman

'More lights' poster displayed at numerous locations around the nature reserve in Bradley Stoke.

Four months after the sexual assault of a young woman at the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, a group of four students from Bradley Stoke Community School have set up a campaign to place more lighting in this area.

The student-led campaign addresses the need for more street lights around the nature reserve which currently has minimal lighting during the evening hours. The Three Brooks Nature Reserve has recently suffered from increased criminal activity which the campaigners believe has made the area “even more dangerous” for the local community during the evening and darker periods of the day as winter approaches.

The campaign first gained attention in July at the Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Community Group meeting. The group meets bi-monthly to discuss local issues which affect the safety of the community. During the July meeting, a member of the group, Vicki Rozzell, introduced the campaign to Brian Gaches: a local representative of South Gloucestershire Council who was able to pass on the students’ concerns for consideration by the council’s Community Open Spaces team. However, one of the group’s campaigners Gabrielle Duffy later commented:

“The council have said that for the time being they can’t do anything because their main focus at present is to stop speeding.”

Since the meeting, the students have continued to actively pursue their campaign, placing a number of posters promoting the need for more lights in and around the area of the Three Brooks Nature Reserve. The students have also set up a Twitter page and a online petition which has attracted over 100 supporters of the campaign. Gabrielle went on to describe the positive reaction her group’s campaign had received from the local community:

“Most local residents agreed and said that having more lights around the area is important as it will make them feel safer. Because of the recent assault they now feel like it is an even more important issue as they don’t feel safe at all walking through this area.”

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Over 600 species found in Three Brooks BioBlitz

Posted on Thursday 7th August 2014 at 9:30 am by Sara Messenger

BioBlitz in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke.

Our 30-hour BioBlitz marathon started on the morning of Friday 4th July with 200 schoolchildren from local primary schools (Stoke Lodge, Holy Family, Wheatfield and Holy Trinity) joining expert naturalists, scientists and volunteers in a real life scientific survey of the wildlife of the Three Brooks Nature Reserve. Most members of the conservation group were able to take a day off work so that they could take part in guiding others around the reserve, helping with the schools/children’s activities, surveying and reporting.

In the evening, there were many opportunities for the adults to join in too, with bug hunting, evening wildlife walk, bat walk (a roost of 30 – 40 noctules was found) and moth trapping (which caught over 140 different species of moth).

On the Saturday, the dawn chorus may have been cancelled (although an intrepid five people braved the damp anyway), but there was still plenty to see and do. At the lake base camp as well as a ‘mobile laboratory’ identifying specimens, there were several manned displays and, organized and run by Gill and Freya Smith, some very popular children’s craft activities, including paper swans, bug houses and tic-tac-toe game making. Throughout the day there were more walks and talks including ‘tremendous trees’, ‘spot the ladybird’, bug hunting, nature detectives, mammal tracks and signs, butterfly walks and looking for lichens.

Bradley Stoke Library, as well as setting up an amazing BioBlitz display and running a specially themed story telling session, was temporary home to a host of data recorders who were counting and logging the species records, not an easy task when the systems seemed to feel a need for frequent long pauses. All of the species found were documented as biological records and are now being entered into local databases where they will be verified and stored for posterity. This snapshot of the wildlife found will be used to influence the management and conservation work that takes place on the site.

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Dreamscheme kids make bird boxes for Three Brooks nature reserve

Posted on Wednesday 30th October 2013 at 4:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Today (Wednesday 30th October) three local groups came together to make some new bird boxes for the Three Brooks Nature Reserve in Bradley Stoke.

Nineteen Children from the Southern Brooks Community Partnership’s (SBCP’s) Dreamscheme met at the Jubilee Centre to make the bird boxes, which had been pre-prepared into kits by the ‘Men in Sheds’ group.

The girls outnumbered the boys but everyone worked very hard to make the boxes themselves, although assistance was given when needed by the ‘Men in Sheds’ group. The boxes were all marked with the name of their maker before being given to Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group (TBNCG) members Sara Messenger and David Baker.

The boxes will be soon be installed around the nature reserve and next year when the boxes are checked it is hoped that the TBNCG will be able to let each child know which type of bird has been using ‘their’ box.

Sara said:

“We’re very grateful for these new boxes, which were made to a very high standard and we hope that the kids will come and find ‘their’ box on the reserve.”

Children on the Dreamscheme project are able to swap an hour’s volunteering for points which are then traded in for a reward of their choosing. The scheme is proving very popular but is in need of a local steering committee to help it grow. If you think you may be able to help please contact SBCP’s Winsome Barrett-Muir (01454 858670/1) for further information.

Men in Sheds (MiS) is another newish group which meets up on a Wednesday from 10am-12noon at Scott Park Cricket Pavilion, Coniston Road, Patchway to socialise and to complete practical projects, e.g. making ‘to order’ planters, bird tables and bee/bug boxes.

MiS member Les Brooks said:

“Today was a different experience to our usual day but everyone really enjoyed themselves”

For more information on Men in Sheds, contact Leslie Brooks on 0117 940 0020.

Source: Press release from the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group

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