LOCATION

HOW YOU CAN HELP - SEE LOCATION BELOW

PHOENIX HEDGE IS LOCATED IN THE SUBURB OF HENLEAZE, BRISTOL, ENGLAND

Henleaze has a unique feature for a suburb - an ancient hedge alongside a well-used footpath.

Few passers-by realise that it is centuries old but it has eight different woody species and there is good scientific evidence that each one represents a 100 years of the hedge’s existence and part of it is constructed on the medieval method of a mound with a ditch.

The PHPG would like to point out that preserving this unique environment in such an old hedge without diluting it with anything modern is a constant challenge. One of their members has given an example of possible and avoidable dilution: replacing the wooden window frames with modern white UPVC ones in nearby historical National Trust property,Tyntesfield!

Phoenix Hedge is one of the oldest hedges in the United Kingdom - see History webpage.

NB More information about the hedge can be found in The Henleaze Book website:

If you come by vehicle

Parking is difficult in the immediate area and possibly the roads off Kellaway Avenue e.g. Phoenix Grove and Wimbledon Road are the easiest option. For those with sat navs the post code is BS6 7XX. Phoenix Grove, a cul de sac, is located off Kellaway Avenue. There is a footpath at the end of this cul de sac which runs alongside the Hedge.

Maps from more than 200 years ago have been matched with those from the present for a "powerful" online resource which could future shape planning decisions in Bristol.

Bristol City Council officially unveiled its "Know Your Place" website in 2011 at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery in front of more than 100 people. Anyone can contribute images and historical information to be added to the Know Your Place website. As the resource is part of the council's planning department, that information, for example a photo of a historic hedge and any information about it, could be taken into account for any planning decision in a given area.

Volunteers meet at the hedge at 4pm on the 1st Friday of each month to do a variety of jobs to continue to improve the hedge and encourage wildlife; all are welcome; no special equipment is necessary although secateurs are usually handy; gardening gloves and sensible shoes are recommended.

For further information contact Tim on 07769 260499

PHOENIX HEDGE IS NOW FEATURED - FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW FOR DETAILS

1 - Click on to the this link KNOW YOUR PLACE

2 - Use the slide rule on the left to increase the print and map size and move the map around to the place you want to see with the mouse.

3 - To the left of the map make sure you are in the Tab - Explore - then tick the box Community Layer if not already ticked.

4 - To the right of the map click on any of the following maps 2010, 1949, 1900s, 1880, 1840,

5 - A green diamond will be on any of these layers - chose the map you fancy with a tick and then double click on the GREEN DIAMOND

6 - You should now have a picture of the Hedge and some more information about it.