The Bearpit has a wealth of opportunity for greening due to the large amount of fower bed space and grass verges. We hope to optimise these opportunities and work has already begun.
Community planing has already taken place within the Bearpit from local volunteers who have adopted 2 of the plant beds. There are to be further opportunities for the other hexagonal plant beds to be adopted by other local volunteers. Hundreds of bulbs have also been planted around the Bearpit, we look forward to seeing the result in Spring!
Further plans include:
To extend the number of people involved in the planting within the beds, we hope to further the use of other hexagonal beds for planting.
Fruit trees would have multiple benefits, providing aesthetically pleasing features with environmental and ecological benefits. The notion of local food production are also key ideas within the Transition Bristol movement and provide encouragement of healthy living ideas.
The grass banks around the edges of the Bearpit are currently quite underused. Providing new seating around these areas would potentially increase their use by providing more a more sociable and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.
An insect habitat would provide an interesting and educational feature within the Bearpit, whilst providing a habitat for pollenating insects.
It may be possible to create a green roof on top of the toilet block which would create new environmental habitats within the Bearpit and add to the overall visions outlined within the Council's Bristol Green Capital programme.