Get a Spring in your step in Nailsea’s secret garden

Nailsea’s own secret garden, Trendlewood Park, is looking particularly lovely now that Spring has arrived. Yet many people in the town are not even aware of the park which has had Green Flag status since 2012. Why not get out and get some fresh air and explore this area of Nailsea now the weather is warming up?

The ‘Friends of Trendlewood Park’ is a voluntary group which manages Trendlewood Community Park in partnership with North Somerset Council (NSC). The Friends are always looking for more volunteers and meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10am – 1pm at The Old Farmhouse. If you are interested please feel free to join the Friends on one of these days. Or, if you would like to find out more please email the Friends on , complete the contact form on the website

The park comprises of four acres of woodland, a well-equipped play area and 10 acres of grassland, trees and hedges with a network of public footpaths and a bridleway. The attached map details the location of the park.

Much of the woodland in the park originates from Trendlewood Quarry, which produced Pennant Sandstone from the 1850s to the 1930s. Remains of the quarrying can be found in the area of the park known as Nowhere Wood. The Pennant Sandstone exposure in the wood is listed as a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS). A geologist member of the Friends has written an informative article describing the site, its geology and quarrying history. His article includes photographs of the many ways in which Pennant Sandstone has been used in the local area.

Andrew Town, one of the volunteers for the park is a keen photographer and is out and about on the park almost daily. He takes and circulates a selection of lovely photos to members every few weeks. Andrew has a particular skill in taking photos of the colourful great spotted woodpeckers who are permanent residents of the wood.

Pat Gilbert, Chair of the Friends said ‘The Friends are really looking forward to more Nailsea residents using this wonderful park now that spring has arrived. The park provides a home for a wide variety of birds, plants, mammals, insects and other invertebrates and so you never know what wildlife you can spot on your walks and exploring. Please contact us if you would like to support the amazing work we do in this park’.