Friends of Cock Road Ridge
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Introduction To Cock Road Ridge

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Lush and green, the Ridge is a hidden oasis of pleasant walks, with a diverse range of wildlife and unrivalled magnificent views over Bristol and towards Bath.

Cock Road Ridge is owned by South Gloucestershire Council and is located on the eastern edge of Bristol in Kingswood. As the name suggests it comprises a ridge of land, running between Mount Hill and Cadbury Heath. It is approximately one kilometre in length.

The area is a gradual south-east-facing slope. The majority of the site comprises grassland and scrub, but there are areas of thicket, woodland, two ponds, hedgerows and formally planted specimen trees. The site has a number of public footpaths running through it, although access is available over the whole area. There is a wheel chair and footpath access point at the north-east end and a footpath access point leading from Wraxall Road.

The friends group was formed in 1993 when a few of us got together with David Morrison of the Kingswood District Council to try to form protection of Cock Road Ridge and its adjacent areas from future development that impacted negatively on the Ridge.

To this end we applied to the County of Avon for our first grant and obtained £125. This was used for Spruce pine and timber stakes for new planting at the Wraxall Road entrance. This small success encouraged us to request grant aid for a management plan for the area. This could then be adopted by the council as a practical way of managing the area.

The money was obtained and the consultant company was appointed in 1995 to make 'best use' of the area under our guidelines. The subsequent report was approved by the council in September 1995 and used for several seasons. One of the ponds is situated in the south-westerly corner of the Ridge the other pond is situated in the Community Garden.

There are some areas of hedgerow on the southern-most side of the ridge and along the north east boundary (Wraxall Road). A number of specimen trees have been formally planted. On the north-east a ring of Scots Pine have been planted and on the south-west end are four areas of formal planting. Ash, Oak, Sycamore and Horse Chestnut form one area, a ring of twelve Oaks form another and a mixture of Plane trees, Silver Birch, Horse Chestnut, Red Oak, Sorbus, Variegated Maple, Beech, Alder and Lime form the third group. Behind the bench a semi-circle of around ten Silver Birch trees have been planted.

 

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