During lockdown, regular exercise has been encouraged to look after our mental and physical health, and with the recent ease of restrictions opening up unlimited exercise, many of us are embracing the outside world.
After months of government restrictions, the green, open spaces around us are more important than ever, acting as a lifeline to those without a garden or outdoor space particularly.
Local parks, woodlands and nature reserves offer the vital opportunity to enjoy nature and boost people’s wellbeing. In fact, research has found that people who spend two hours a week outdoors have consistently higher health and well-being levels.
We’re very lucky that Bristol is home to a plethora of beautiful, green spaces that the public can freely enjoy during this national emergency. It’s been pleasing to see that carbon emissions have fallen dramatically since lockdowns were imposed around the world; offering nature a chance to recover at a time when it’s pivotal to our daily routines.
We asked some of our colleagues here at Bristol Energy which green spaces around the city they’re (responsibly) enjoying during lockdown.
Conham River Park, BS15
Chosen by our HR Manager Joe Barnes
One of my favourite green spaces in Bristol is Conham River Park; it’s a green space along the River Avon that has some woodland to enjoy too. There are plenty of places to sit in the sun or shade, and quite a few quiet spots to sit in. You might see some wildlife too, including recently, a seal in the river!
Dundry Hill, BS41
Chosen by our Trading and Forecasting Analyst, Michael Langdon-Davies
I love cycling up to Dundry - really quickly you leave the busy city behind and find yourself in beautiful countryside with views of the Barrow Gurney reservoirs, iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and bright Ashton Gate. Stone from Dundry was used in building St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol which before lockdown, I used to walk past to get to work. I look forward to doing that again when our office reopens.
Castle Park, BS1
Chosen by our Energy Advisor, Alice Braden
I love visiting Castle Park in town, largely because it makes me realise how much I love Bristol. I think it’s amazing to have such a big and beautiful open space in the centre of a city. I love the view overlooking the canal, the little garden and the blossom trees. Any chance I get, I like to walk through Castle Park and even have a sit down if it’s a nice day.
Blaise Castle Estate, BS10
Chosen by our People Development Business Partner, Georgina Elliott
I love Blaise Castle, it has everything you'd need for a lovely walk; green open spaces, historical houses, great views, streams, ponds and even a mill.
St George Park, BS5
Chosen by our PR and Communications Manager, Bethany Wash
St George Park has it all – a huge green area off bustling Church Road home to a large pond, wheels park, children’s play area and tennis courts. Being close to home, it’s my go-to for a walk or run (although it’s very hilly and quite a challenge) and has done wonders for my wellbeing during lockdown. It’s been vital in encouraging me to take my lunch breaks, do my daily exercise and clear my head while enjoying watching the swans and ducks.
Arnos Court Park, BS4
Chosen by our Customer Care Advisor, Daria True
One of my favourite green spaces in Bristol is Arnos Court Park in Brislington, located right next to Arnos Vale Cemetery. It’s a really nice place to just chill out with a book and always full of lots of cute doggos too!
Please ensure you are following up to date government guidelines on social distancing when exercising in a public place.