Bristol Zoological Society - Strategy to 2035

Public Consultation Event – Thursday 19 August

Consultation meeting

Thursday 19 August, 3.00pm – 7.30pm,

Conservation Education Centre, Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoological Society would like to invite you to attend an initial public consultation meeting at Bristol Zoo Gardens to be held on 19 August from 3.00pm – 7.30pm with guests free to arrive at any time throughout.

The event will be held in the Zoo’s Conservation Education Centre, with street level access from Guthrie Road. It will be a chance for guests to meet with Zoo colleagues, as well as Penoyre and Prasad (P&P) who are leading the award-winning design team that have been appointed to lead the redevelopment.

The event will be managed in accordance with our own COVID guidelines, with guest numbers inside the meeting space limited and guests asked to wear face coverings whilst inside (unless exempt). Please be aware that this may mean that at busy times guests are asked to wait outside on Guthrie Road for a short period.

The sale of the Bristol Zoo Gardens site with the benefit of planning permission for a residentialled scheme that is sympathetic to the beautiful landscaped gardens will safeguard the future of Bristol Zoological Society, and contribute significantly to the housing, climate and ecological emergencies that Bristol is currently facing.

We recognise that Bristol Zoo Gardens has a special place in the hearts of many people, and we are genuinely keen to hear more from the community on our plans.

What will guests get from this consultation event?

This initial consultation has been arranged so that guests can meet with members of the design team and share their ideas around the site’s future as an ecologically-focused residential development.

Our intent is for Bristol Zoo Gardens to become a remarkable place for a variety of people to live, for nature to thrive, and for Bristolians to continue to enjoy. It will be an exemplar residential community providing good-quality, eco-friendly, low-carbon homes, largely in areas where there are already built structures on the site and with the green landscape at the heart of the site protected and enhanced to encourage greater biodiversity.

Other uses are also included in our plans, such as the Clifton Conservation Hub which will provide the community space for exhibitions, meetings and conservation work, as well as a café, based from our iconic entrance building.

It is important to note however that at this stage no plans for the site have yet been developed. P&P and the Society are developing an in depth understanding of the site, and consulting with a wide range of different stakeholders, including local residents, in order to develop the best possible plan for the site’s future.

At this consultation event we will provide several large picture boards and you will be invited to interact with our colleagues and these boards in order to contribute your thoughts and ideas.

For guests who are unable to attend on this date, we will ensure that information shared with attendees at the event, including images of the boards, will be available to view on our new website in the days following the event. Visitors to the website will also have the opportunity to add their thoughts to the ongoing conversation through an online questionnaire.

Our new website will be available at https://future.bristolzoo.org.uk in the coming weeks.

Later in the year, further consultation events will be held at which we will share more detailed information on the evolving scheme.

We hope to count on your attendance at this consultation meeting,

Yours faithfully

Francesca Fryer
Director of Transformation
Bristol Zoological Society

Location of Conservation Education Centre at Bristol Zoo Gardens with entrance on Guthrie Road
Location of Conservation Education Centre at Bristol Zoo Gardens with entrance on Guthrie Road