Former Botanical Gardens reopened by Bristol squatters
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Nov 8 12:42:22 GMT 2010
Bristol Botanic Gardens & associated mansion, flogged off cheap by
Bristol University to raise a bit of cash, was squatted this weekend.
lots of nice pix
Bracken Hill Estate goes Commons
bristol | community | news report Saturday November 06, 2010 02:36
by centralcommittee - The Bracken Hill Estate Conservation Group
Former Botanical Gardens reopened
remember, remember, the fifth of november...
Bracken Hill House, North Road, Leigh Woods, BS8 3PL welcomes its new
tenants! check out brackenhillcommons.wordpress.com and join the conservation!
As the smoke from bonfire night clears up, Bracken Hill House, North
Somerset, is found housing surprising new tenants. A group calling
themselves "The Bracken Hill Estate Conservation Group" have taken up
lodging in the abandoned former Botanical Gardens. They are opposed
to plans to develop the mansion and grounds into new upmarket
dwellings. The planned building works could endanger some of the rare
species still present in the gardens, the group says. They want to
preserve the estate in its present state and reopen it to the public
as a sustainable community centre.
"We believe that the development would be ecologically and socially
detrimental to the area" a spokesperson of the group says. "Not only
is there a very special ecosystem on the land itself, it also lies in
the middle of a conservation area". But not only ecological reasons
motivate the action "The gardens used to be open to the public. Now
they are getting converted into luxury homes for a fortunate few for
profit. This at a time of public spending cuts and unaffordable housing".
Bracken Hill Estate was controversially put up for sale by the
University of Bristol in 2004. The purchasers, a property developer
specialising in high-end conversions, want to erect new dwellings and
a road on the land. The development has sparked concern after members
of the public claimed that it endangered some of the rare animals and
plants that remain in the gardens. A campaign against the planning
application however failed in 2009. Building works are planned to
start in 2011 .
The new tenants plan to reopen Bracken Hill House as a Community
Centre housing horticultural and economic research and education as
well as arts projects. "All our activities will be free of charge and
open to all".
The Bracken Hill Estate Conservation Group
email: brackenhill at ymail.com
phone: +44 (0)785 5089008
+44 (0)7786 952037
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