Cirencester has a number of Friends Groups for our green spaces. The groups focus on improving and supporting the Town Council in the management of key sites.
Each green space has its own positives and challenges and our Friends Groups are all active in different ways, such as:
- Raising funds for improvements
- Delivering events for families and local communities
- Researching and sourcing information
- Creating publications
- Practical working groups
- Feeding into green space management and consultations
Abbey Grounds Friends
The Abbey Grounds Friends Group formed in 2011 to help all park users get involved in their local park. Abbey Grounds Friends Group was founded to be a mutually beneficial partnership between the landowner of the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester Town Council and all park users. We act as an information hub, as a way for park users to express their thoughts and opinions, and to initiate and develop projects of benefit to all users.
We are currently working hard behind the scenes to gather information on the Abbey Grounds to inform a new management plan and to build a case for re-planting of trees in the Grounds. We also carry out practical conservation days.
The group meets quarterly when there are issues or topics to discuss. We usually meet at the Bingham Gallery and Conference Suite, opposite the Bear Inn or in the Abbey Grounds itself. Members will be informed in advance of date and venue by email.
If you would like to become a friend please contact:
T: 01285 655646.
AQIVA Friends (Friends Of Amphitheatre, Querns Woods and Four Acre Field)
AQIVA Friends was formed in 2012 to help users of the amphitheatre complex keep up to date with what is happening at the site and get involved in making it an even better community space. The site comprises not just the Amphitheatre but also includes Querns Woods, Four Acre Field and the Obelisk.
Working closely with the Town Council, and other partners, our aim is to be involved in the promotion, development and protection of the complex, with a focus on key issues of history, heritage, health, leisure, education and the environment ensuring that it has something to offer for all ages.
Over the past few years we have supported the Town Council with a number of events and activities including: -
• Developing a 10 year ‘Master Plan’ for the amphitheatre complex
• planting new trees in Querns Wood with Waitrose;
• improving pathways and ongoing clearance in the woods
• tree labelling with adult learners from Cirencester College;
• collaborating with the NHS to sow wild flowers on Four Acres together with children from local primary schools and members of the Green Gym
• The inception of the Whereat Trail which guides people from the town centre to the amphitheatre site.
• Undertaking a consultation to improve Four Acre Field that has resulted in the provision of a notice board and benches and the installation of outdoor gym equipment
• Significant improvements around the obelisk, including a pathway via a bridge into the amphitheatre, better parking facilities and an on-going project to recreate the original 18th century landscape which has involved Cotswold Tree Wardens, young people from the National Citizen’s Scheme and apprentices from St James’ Place.
• Installation of new signage and information boards together with English Heritage & the Corinium Museum.
• Promoting the amphitheatre site through a regular newsletter, social media, guided walks and talks to other groups.
• Regular volunteer working parties to maintain the site
• Events and activities e.g. for Heritage Open Day and Love Parks Week
If you know of a group who would like a guided walk around the amphitheatre complex, or a talk to learn more about its history and heritage please get in touch.
Our Management Committee meets at 7pm on the 4th Thursday of each month, usually at Chesterton Primary School, Cirencester. All are welcome to come along.
If you would like to become a member of AQIVA and be put on our mailing list to receive our quarterly newsletter and other up-dates, become a volunteer, or come to our meetings, please contact our secretary Alison:
T: 01285 655646 or 0785644109
Friends of City Bank
The Friends of City Bank was formed in 2012 to improve City Bank and the Old Nursery Site. The Group offers a platform to discuss issues and future works to help make City Bank a valuable community resource.
In 2013 we have helped shape the plans for the future of the Old Nursery Site with Cirencester Town Council.
In 2014 the group looked at the wider area of City Bank. To date we have taken part in the dog fouling campaign the 'Big Scoop', looked at ways to improve safety with Kingshill School pupils and began to look at improvements around the river.
The group currently meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7pm at the Bees Knees Pub.
If you would like to become a member of the Friends of City Bank, please contact:
Friends of Gumstool Brook
Founded in 2013 ‘The Friends of the Gumstool Brook and associated waterways’ was set up in response to deteriorating environmental and water conditions, especially with the growing phenomenon of a summer ‘drying up’ and occasional flooding of the Gumstool waterways.
The Gumstool Brook (Gumstool refers to a medieval ducking stool although there is no evidence that one was ever used) is a small balancing waterway between the Daglingworth Stream and the main River Churn. Fed from the Gloucester Street sluices there are the associated Barton Millpond, the Swimming Pool riverside walk, the Gumstool itself and the outflow of the Daglingworth Stream into the Abbey Grounds before it eventually rejoins the main river.
The Gumstool Brook and associated waterways were dug and created in the seventeenth and eighteen centuries and fed from the River Churn and Daglingworth Stream. For a while at least two mills were powered on the complex. Over many years the condition of the waterways has deteriorated and the ‘Friends’ have as their objective monitoring, renewal and restoration. The ‘Friends’ host two open meetings a year, which bring together statutory and local interest groups including many volunteers.
Anyone is welcome to join the group and further information and details of meetings may be obtained from the Convenor:
The Rev’d Dr. Nicholas Henderson
20 Chester Crescent
Glos GL7 1HE
T: 07590 059914
The Phoenix Gardeners are a group of gardeners who want to enhance Cirencester by planting and maintaining tubs and other garden spaces within the town. By working in partnership with the town council, and with other groups they aim to foster community spirit and make Cirencester a great place to live and work.
For more information on Phoenix Gardeners or to find out how you can get involved please contact Meg Blumsom:
T: 01285 657696