Since the Environment Group was set up in the late 1970s it has been active in preserving some of Clevedon's best known landmarks as well as creating new features to enhance the town. Details of some of these projects can be seen by pressing the links above.
In the late 1980s the Group became active in maintaining these features as well and mounting a monthly working party during the summer months when we clean, paint and weed them - see below for details.
We also organise a "Big Litter Pick" before the Easter holiday each year to give the sea front a spring clean for the benefit of residents and visitors.
The Group works closely with North Somerset Council and the Town Council to achieve the objectives of maintaining and improving Clevedon's environment.
If you share these objectives please join us.
We meet every two months on a Wednesday evening. Please contact me for details.
Chairman, Our Environment Group
April 2017 - Pier Copse
Thanks to those members who were able to help with the work at the Pier Copse seating area this morning.
We pruned, weeded, painted bollards and litter picked – so a much tidier Pier Copse as a result!
Report: Bob Hardcastle
Photographs: Angela Slotte
Marine Lake Refurbishment
The Group’s chairman, Bob Hardcastle, attended a meeting of the North Somerset Council (NSC) Project Board. At it he learned that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had confirmed the funding which had allowed the contract of appointment to be sent by NSC to Richard Fenton as the Engineer for the project. The Construction, Design and Management Co-ordinator had also been appointed. NSC will shortly be issuing a press release about the project and creating a dedicated website for information.
Exploratory work undertaken during March 2013
Heritage Lottery Fund inspection - 15 May 2014
On the 9th June 2014 it was announced that the North Somerset Council’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of the Marine Lake had been successful. Local groups involved in the project, including the Civic Society, celebrated a grant of almost £800,000.
The small gate to the town cemetery was brushed and scraped in readiness for repainting. Shrubs were cut back around this gate and the path tidied, elder was cut down near the main gate, and sycamore branches overhanging the pavement were removed. Some clearing work was also done on Marshall’s Field near the Jubilee seat.
The August working party
After a quick site visit and telephone calls it was decided to brave the heavy rain storms and clear the steps and footpath in Marshall’s Field. The area looks so much tidier now – and we left a notice saying that the area had been cleared by the Civic Society.
The September working parties:
Bob Hardcastle writes: ‘Thanks all those who were able to help with the painting of the gates to the cemetery on the 29th September after the de-rusting work the previous week. What a difference it has made to the entrance to the Cemetery now.’
The November working party:
On the 10th November six members cleared the the Donkey Path between Victoria Road and Elton Road.
Group Chairman, Bob Hardcastle, wrote: ‘Just to thank those who helped with the working party this morning.
As a result of the good turn out we were able to remove the leaves and mud from the path, prune the brambles etc and litter pick the area. It looks so much better now – and much easier for the public to use.’
The October working party:
Bob Hardcastle wrote: We finished clearing the area around the Marine Hill drinking trough, which had been started by others ( NSC? ). We arrived expecting a morning’s work but found that all the leaves had been cleared!
This must be a “first” as I do not think NSC have done this area before. We then moved on to Pier Copse and weeded and pruned the seating area – started by Angela on Friday – and then we cleared the greenery from the bench on the corner of Alexandra Road and Copse Road. It is now possible to sit on this bench and for pushchairs etc to get past on the pavement.
Big Spring Clean-up - 22nd March
For this year, the Environment Group’s annual ‘Big Litter Pick’, was combined with North Somerset Council’s ‘Big Spring Clean-up’.
Group member, Chris Stone, was appointed the ‘pickers’ point of contact and he sent this message of thanks to all those who helped:
‘I am pleased to report a very successful Spring Clean this morning. We had sixteen cleaner-uppers report for duty and there was an impressive heap of bags collected for Glendale to take away. Many thanks to everyone who so generously gave their time. Thanks too for the support and fixing ... provided by Nick and Kim from Glendale who ensured that things concluded tidily. Locals and visitors alike have much tidier spaces to enjoy.’
Bob Hardcastle, Chairman of the Environment Group, writes:
We managed to get the metalwork to the Civic Society’s Millennium bench painted as well as clearing the bridge and the steps onto Marshall’s Field before the rain started.
The work to the bridge and steps was well received by members of the public. It is interesting to see how well used both the bridge and steps are by the number of people crossing the bridge or using the steps in the short time we were there. One lady in a disabled “buggy” was very grateful for the work to the bridge as she was finding it very difficult to cross before because of all the brambles and nettles.
Group working party - Monday 6 July
Pier Copse seating area
Photograph taken by Angela Slotte after the Environment Group had finished tending to the flower beds in this area.
Note the progress of the building work at the Pier Hotel in the left hand corner of the picture.
Message from the Environment Group Chairman
What a successful working party we had on the 24th May!
Thanks to all of you who were able to help – one of the best ever in terms of numbers.
Just as well though as “many hands make light work” – and we managed to collect about twenty bags of mainly plastic rubbish from the sea shore area by Marshall’s Field – not to mention the three car tyres, plastic seat and numerous large plastic boxes etc.
Our thanks are due as well to Glendale for providing us with the “community toolkit trailer” and for taking all the rubbish away on completion. I think that is a facility we may well use again in the future.
May 2016 - Working Party
November 2016 - Donkey Path Working Party
We had a most successful working party this morning clearing the Donkey Path of leaves and accumulated mud. We were 4 Civic Society members ably assisted by a volunteer from the Woodcutters and a couple from neighbouring Pyne Point, to whom we are most grateful. Our volunteer hours were 11 in total.
Report and Photographs from:
We had a really good turn out for this Working Party and as a result managed to paint the metal railings around the circular seat area and the gate to the Lookout on Poets’ Walk plus generally weeding and litter picking the area.
March 2017 - Lookout on Poets’ Walk
Report: Bob Hardcastle
Photographs: Angela Slotte
Bob Hardcastle, Chairman of Clevedon Civic Society’s Environment Group, retired from this post at the annual meeting on January 11th 2018 and on behalf of the members he received a thankyou presentation from the Society Chairman James Foulds.
James Foulds paid tribute to Bob’s dedication to the Society over the past 40 years which saw him as Society Chairman, vice Chairman, a member of the Conservation and Planning Group and Chairman of the Environment Group twice.
Amongst other projects he has been involved in the restoration of the drinking fountains in Clevedon: the new seating areas in Pier Copse: the Lookout on Church Hill: the round seating area on Poets Walk and the reconstruction of the Marine Lake.
Bob has also spearheaded the setting up of the regular Environment Group working parties to maintain the Civic Society’s projects in the town which in turn support the Society’s aim of caring for Clevedon.
“Caring for Clevedon has always been my aim and I am very grateful to all those fellow members who helped and supported me with all these projects,” said Bob who received a stunning stainless steel bowl for fruit.
A message from the group chairman, Bob Hardcastle:
Just to thank all those who turned out in force to help with the clearing of The Donkey Path on the 13th November.
A record number of ten I think. Just as well as the Path seems to get longer each year!
The Path is now leaf and litter free – with bushes etc. cut back to provide clear access.
Thanks again – regards Bob
PS And just a reminder of the next Environment Group meeting at my house on Wednesday 22 November at 7.30.
November 2017 - Donkey Path
Message from Richard Young, Group member:
We had a wonderful turn out at the Environment Group's litter-pick of the foreshore at Marshall's Field today. Five core members of the group were joined by ten others, which enabled us to gather thirty black bags of rubbish, several tyres, the side of a boat, and various other wonders. The attached photograph shows the results.
During the 90 minute session, several members of the public stopped to express their appreciation, and various dogs ran around offering their services (not entirely helpfully).
Thanks to Gareth Withers from North Somerset Council for providing black bags and arranging removal of our haul, and to Angela for taking the photographs.
March 2018 - The Pill
Monthly Working Party - 9 April 2018
We had a successful working party at the Marine Hill drinking fountain on the 9th April. Five members cleared out the open drains, swept the pavement, and took a stand against the lovely old fountain being used as a litter bin.
We ascertained that the rainwater drains and pipes around the fountain are in need of a thorough clean, and I have asked Gareth Withers from North Somerset Council to arrange this, supplying photographs kindly taken by Angela.
We will return to this area later this year as there is more work to be done in and around the adjoining copse.