Dame Emily Park welcomes volunteer gardeners and fact-finding students to Bedminster

March 29 2019
Park discovers whether century-old mine still affects the surface today

DAME Emily park in Bedminster is to become more wildlife friendly this summer – thanks to a loyal band of volunteers and some help from outside.

Soil testing in the university laboratory

Pictured: Students took samples of the soil in the park and tested in the university laboratory 

DAME Emily park in Bedminster is to become more wildlife friendly this summer – thanks to a loyal band of volunteers and some help from outside.

Residents who support the Dame Emily Park Project regularly carry out planting and keeping the park tidy – including a community spring clean on March 26.

In addition, energetic fitness fans from Good Gym have been helping out with planting and digging to create new beds and borders.

Meanwhile, geography students from the University of Bristol have been investigating whether the coal mine which was active beneath the site of the park unit 1906 is having any effects in the present day. 

The good news is that there is very little contamination from the mine. The students measured the soil moisture level, how much it was compacted and how strong it was, as well as testing for heavy metals and nutrients.

They found the soil strength is normal and hasn’t been affected by the mine – plus, the nutrient levels are ideal for plant growth. Good news for the community garden!