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Providence Plantation

On Sunday 23rd November we will be heading to Providence Plantation to do some coppicing and path maintenance.

Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by the University just outside of Bristol. It is an ongoing project for BUCG and UBU.

To get the we will be travelling by bus from Bristol bus station so be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £2.80 (£4 without discount). The event itself is free. Please email Jess if you would like to come along. (Note that you must be a member of BUCG to attend this trip. You can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!)

Pie and Pint Night

On Wednesday 12th November, at 8pm, we will be having a Pie and Pint social at the Grain Barge. Each pie (listed below) comes with a free pint!

  • Chicken, ham and mushroom – £9.50
  • Sweet potato, mushroom, spinach, blue cheese & truffle – £8.90
  • Shin of beef & No. 7 ale – £9.50
  • Salmon & haddock topped with crushed new potatoes, cumber & dill salad – £9.50

Come along and enjoy great food and company on a boat! Please email Jess with your choice of pie if you would like to join us.

Leigh Woods

On Sunday 16th November (meeting at 9:30am on the Clifton side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge) we will be going on a trip to Leigh Woods. There we shall clear an area of woodland along the footpath in Nightingale Valley. This footpath becomes muddy in wet weather; opening up this area will allow more light into the floor of the valley and help to dry the path. The open space created will also diversify the structure of the woodland.

Be sure to take with you the following:

  • Walking boots or wellies
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm clothing (that you don’t mind getting muddy)
  • Packed lunch
  • Water
  • Mug for hot drinks
  • Money for the pub.

All tools, gloves, hot drinks and biscuits will be supplied. We will finish at about 3:30pm. Afterwards we shall head to a pub in Clifton.

Since we will be walking to Leigh woods so the trip is free though you must be a member in order to attend (you can join at our UBU page – it’s only £5 for the year). Places are fully booked (though emails will be sent out should any become available).

Middlehill Common

Update: Despite a bit of rain we had an enjoyable time clearing scrub to make way for limestone grassland in what was some of the last of the warm weather. The site at the top of the hill had great view over the Somerset Levels. We took advantage of the bonfire be used to burn the cut scrub to toast some marshmallow (we even used the pitchfork as a makeshift toasting stick for four at a time).

On Sunday 2nd November we will be going to Middlehill Common near Portishead where we will be doing some scrub clearance.

If you would like to attend this trip please email Jess by 5:00pm on Sunday 26th October. There are only 14 places on this trip so if it becomes oversubscribed those who will go will be chosen at random. You will receive an email as to whether or not you have been successful a few days after the deadline.

The cost of this trip will be £3, this money will go towards subsidising the cost of the mini bus.

You must be a member of BUCG to attend this trip. You can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!


On Tuesday 28th October, 8pm we will be holding an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) at the Richmond Pub next to the Union. This is due to the departure of two of our committee members at the start of term: vice-president Jimmy Jackson and tools and safety officer Zoe Digby. We will be electing people to refill those the positions. The event will also be a social one two – we might as well make the most of the occasion! Since the Richmond allows people to bring in their own food, we are going to have an ‘indoor picnic’. So take some yummy picnic food and we’ll all have a great evening!

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions please email our president, Jess. If you are unsure you can always decide to run on the day. You must be a BUCG member to run for a position on the committee. Anybody is welcome to apply, whether you’re a first year or a PhD student. You will be expected to give a short speech as to why you think you’d be good in the role you’re applying for. Then the BUCG members will anonymously vote for the new committee members.

Even if you aren’t interested in running for a committee position come along anyway. You can vote for the new committee members (only members can vote) and have a fun time at the pub!


Boiling Wells

Update: The event went well and the weather was mostly clear. There we very few apples to pick so most of the work was path and other general maintenance as well as other miscellaneous tasks such as chopping onions in preparation for the Apple Day barbecue and erecting gazebos.

On Sunday 19th October we will be going to Boiling Wells, in the middle of Bristol to do some apple picking and path maintenance in preparation for their Apple Day. The Boiling Wells Project is managed by the nearby St Wherburg’s City Farm.

We will meet at 9:15am and walk (for about half an hour); the trip will finish at about 3pm after which we will head to a pub.

If you would like to go please email Jess by 5pm on Wednesday 15th October. There are only 20 places available and if the trip oversubscribed people will be picked at random.

Bar Crawl

Update: Despite the bad weather probably being responsible for a less sizeable turnout compared to previous bar crawls, those who did go had a fun night.

We will be having a bar crawl social on Tuesday 14th October on what if sure to be a great night out. Not even the rain shall dampen our spirits! We will be at the following places at these time:

  1. Roo Bar – 8:30pm
  2. The Penny – 9:15pm
  3. The WG Grace – 10:00pm
  4. Brass Pig – 10:30pm
  5. Lola Lo’s (what used to be Po Na Na’s) – fun o’clock

Volunteering Fair

Update: Thanks to all those who paid us a visit at the Fair. Almost 100 more of you signed up to our mailing list and we hope to see you on upcoming trips. Overall a successful evening.

If you missed us at the Welcome Fair why not drop by and meet us at our stall at the Volunteering Fair? This Fair takes place at the Anson Rooms on Thursday 2nd October at 5:30-7:30pm. We’ll be on hand to answer your questions and add you to the mailing list if your interested in joining.

Pub Quiz

Update: It was a fun night and successful too – one of our teams won first prize!

Come and join us for a pub quiz at the White Harte at 8pm on Thursday 7th October. Meet up with other conservation members and test you pub quiz skills.

Providence Plantation Taster Trips

Update: We managed to get a decent amount of scrub cleared. It was good to see plenty of new faces and we hope to see you on subsequent events.

The first proper conservation trips of the year are open to non-members and members alike. This is a great way to find out first-hand more about what we do if you are considering joining. These taster trips to Providence Plantation – a piece of university-owned woodland near Long Ashton to the west of the city.

The management of Providence Plantation is an ongoing, long-term project with which BUCG is heavily involved. We aim to improve the biodiversity of the site while allowing the public to enjoy the wood.

Tasks for the day will most likely include: bramble removal, butterfly glade construction, path maintenance and coppicing.

These taster trips will take place on Sunday 5th October, 10am-4pm and Wednesday 8th October, 1-5pm. If you want to attend one of these days please email Jess by 5pm on Friday 3rd October or Sunday 5th October respectively.

We will meet at Bristol Bus Station and travel by bus to the wood. So unless you are making your own way there by bike be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £2.80 (£4 without discount). The event itself is free.