Bradley Stoke Town Council has been approached by South Gloucestershire Council for their views on the application from parkrun to hold a weekly run on the Three Brooks Nature Reserve by Champs Sur Marne in Bradley Stoke.
Before councillors respond to South Gloucestershire Council, they are keen to learn the views of the community and have devised a short online questionnaire (open until July 30), which is available at: bradleystoke.gov.uk/council/public-consultations-parkrun.php
The Three Brooks nature reserve is an area of woodland, hedgerows and paths in Bradley Stoke. It has a lake, brooks, pond areas, a community orchard and wildflower meadows. There are toilets and a café in the nearby Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.
The nature reserve is cared for by the Three Brooks nature conservation group and
Bradley Stoke Green Gym, who are made up of a group of residents who help manage the reserve.
parkrun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate at a 5km route every Saturday morning at 9am. There are currently almost 800 parkrun events throughout the UK
and parkrun endeavours to promote health and wellbeing through a number of initiatives. Its mission statement is for “a healthier and happier planet”.
In the UK, parkrun has partnered with the Royal College of General Practitioners in order to promote healthy living through increased physical activity, socialisation and mutual support. Evidence of the positives of parkrun is plenty.
There are several other parkruns in the South Glos and Bristol areas which are very well attended, suggesting that there would be a great deal of support and enthusiasm for a new event in Bradley Stoke.