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Bracken Hill Garden, located in Leigh Woods, Bristol, is under threat from development. Once the site of the Univ. of Bristol’s Botanical Gardens, much of the flora and fauna remains. The house and gardens contain many species of plants, and houses horseshoe bats, crested newts, foxes, birds and other wildlife. If the developers get their way this will all be gone.

Bracken Hill Gardens is situated in the woodland conservation area of Leigh Woods, adjacent to the Nightingale Valley and fifteen mins walk from the Clifton Suspension bridge.

flowers in Bracken Hill

A Building application has been sent to North Somerset Council to Build luxury houses on this mature grade II listed historic garden.

If the application is successful, a large area of the beautiful garden will be destroyed. Also under threat are the Victorian red brick garden buildings and botanical glasshouses which will all be demolished.

The proposed building plan is for two large luxury houses and four semi detatched houses to be built over the garden, with another luxury detatched house to be built over the walled inner flower garden.

There will be substantial conversions made to the exisiting Victorian buildings, turning them into further detached luxury houses and luxury apartments.

Bracken Hill house

Bracken Hill was the home of the University of Bristol’s botanic gardens for nearly fifty years, during this time the University welcomed thousands of people from all walks of life to learn about the plants and to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the gardens.

Most people wrongly beleive that when the University sold Bracken Hill they removed all the plants from the botanic garden. This is far from the truth. A major part of the botanical diversity survives, with many of the original and rare plants, trees, shrubs and flowers still growing and thriving behind the gates of Bracken Hill.

There are many species of wildlife in the garden, including the protected crested newts and horseshoe bats. Many woodland and song birds regularly visit the garden to feed on the lawns and in the trees.

If the integrity of this Victorian estate is destroyed for profit, the public will never see beyond the locked gates again

A planning application has been submitted to the Council. The time limit for you to review and comment on the building proposal on Bracken Hill Gardens has been extended to June 10th. Please review the information in the previous post and make your feelings clear to the Council. THIS IS ONLY A TEMPORARY REPREIVE, time is still running out for the gardens, act now to avoid this historic landmark being lost from Bristol forever.

To inspect copies of the application, the plans and other documents, to build houses on the GRADE II LISTED GARDEN at BRACKEN HILL, North Road, Leigh Woods. Go to:

http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/search&submit

LL COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BUILDING PROPOSAL MUST BE SENT TO NORTH SOMERSET BY 20th MAY 2008.

YOU MUST INCLUDE THE APPLICATION NUMBER: 08/P/0970/E AT THE TOP OF ANY LETTER AND SEND IT TO:

DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT DIRECTORATE,

SOMERSET HOUSE,

OXFORD STREET,

WESTON-SUPER-MARE,

SOMERSET,

BS23 1TG.

IT IS ALSO QUICKER AND CHEAPER TO EMAIL COMMENTS DIRECT TO THE COUNCIL AT dccomments@n-somerset.gov.uk WITH THE APPLICATION NUMBER: 08/P/0970/E

COMMENTS CAN ALSO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE VIA THE COUNCILS WEBSITE.

IMPORTANT: Please check the Council’s guide lines for submitting comments. Under access to information legislation all correspondence is made available for public inspection on the council’s Website. ANONYMOUS comments cannot be taken into account.

If anyone wishes to contact Mr LEE BOWERING, PRINCIPAL OFFICER, directly, Tel: 01934 426683. Please quote the application number 08/P/0970/E.

All comments will be taken into account.

The clock is ticking fast for Bracken Hill, please don’t delay.

Thank you!

To read more about the gardens and the campaign to save them from development go to

http://www.brackenhillgarden.org/

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