Southmead’s Parks and Open Spaces Survey


At the end of 2020, the Regeneration team received a small pot of funding from Bristol City Council to conduct some research into the parks and open spaces in Southmead.

Our parks are very dear to our community. There are many community groups who are interested in how we use them, how we want to improve them and how we preserve them. There is also the possibility of future investment so we believed this was a great opportunity to understand the community’s priorities and gather some initial ideas.

We had 11 initial conversations with local community groups to identify key topics to explore in the survey. The survey was open for six weeks, available to fill in online or in person. It was promoted through local community and activist groups and Southmead Development Trust’s social media and website.

Respondents could choose a park which they felt was important to them (we provided a map as shown in the report), identify how they use it and what would help them use it more. Then they also had the opportunity to share any ideas for this park. There were 157 responses to the survey.

Our team have made a summary report of the results. It identifies some key themes which are important to residents and users of the parks and open spaces in Southmead. There is particular focus on the four most popular: Doncaster Road, Embleton Road Playground, Badock’s Wood and Trym Valley Open Space.

This information can form a foundation for further work, community engagement and investment into our local parks. 

You can download the report below.

Thank you to everyone to took the time to respond to the survey.


Download > Southmead Parks and Open Spaces Survey Summary Report


Bristol City Council are developing ideas for Doncaster Road park and would like to talk about this later in the year. If you have ideas you’d like to share or if you’d like to find out more, please email 


Southmead Parks and Open Spaces Summary Report