Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Acton Court will open to the public from 3 July to 11 August 2013, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Full access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only. There are a number of special events throughout the season; please check the website below for details.
Tel: 01454 228224
The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.
Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.
Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.
The group has been created to conserve, monitor, maintain, promote and protect Thornbury's Medieval Fishponds. The aim is to preserve the site so that it continues to support a wide range of flora and fauna, and to ensure that the archaeological aspects of the site are protected. For more information, please contact Dave Rowley:
We have a very active nestbox team carrying out site and habitat surveys, nestbox manufacture, installation and monitoring. We have nearly 200 nestboxes in our area.
The South Glos group attends numerous school fetes, open days and conservation events through the year to help promote the work of the Trust and to encourage new membership.
Yate-based, covering all South Gloucestershire
Tel: 07770 684200
The RSPB website has lots of useful information, including an excellent A-Z guide to UK birds.
Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.
Slimbridge, Glos GL2 7BT
British Animals of the Past and Re-wilding - a talk by Naturalist and Broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE
Which species has Britain lost over the centuries and which ones can we re-introduce: lynx, bears, wolves? An EU directive says countries must make an effort to bring back animals that have become extinct due to the actions of humans.
In this talk, Chris will explain the history of extinctions in the UK, the pros and cons of the re-introduction and the species most at risk today. The audience will be invited to vote on which ones we should welcome back into our countryside.
Chris is well known for his many broadcasts on radio and his television appearances, including Autumn Watch on-line and red button, Living World and Saving Species on Radio 4. Chris’s talks are always informative and inspiring.
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South Gloucestershire’s biggest festival 12 September – 1 November 2013
Do you want to showcase your group or organisation, attract new members or promote a special activity? Are you holding an exhibition in the autumn or have a performance planned? Then join us for Discover 2013.
The Discover Festival is an exciting and diverse programme of events for all ages to discover something new in South Gloucestershire. It is organised by South Gloucestershire Council, local residents, community groups and businesses.
The first Discover Festival in 2012 saw over 6000 people attending 186 events across the local area.
The next Discover Festival will take place from 12 September to 1 November 2013 and will feature events covering:
· heritage including Heritage Open Days
· food including events previously promoted as part of the Taste Festival
· life age 50+ including events previously promoted as part of the Celebrating Age Festival
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