Bristol to merge its parks and contract departments

Bristol's parks department is set to undergo changes that will help it to "focus on frontline services and improve its green spaces".

Bristol City Council is combining its parks department with its contract services to bring the care of its green spaces into one place.

Two senior manager posts are already being advertised - a parks operations manager and a parks strategy co-ordinator - with more posts to be recruited in the coming months. The new structure will come into force on 1 April, said Bristol City Council parks manager Peter Wilkinson.

A horticultural and support services manager - an additional post - will be responsible for running Bristol's nursery. That person will also set up a new apprenticeship scheme in the spring, with the aim to employ up to four new trainees each year for the next 10 years.

"If we look at the age profile of our staff it looks as though 30 to 40 will retire in the next 10 years," explained Wilkinson. "The apprentices will be taken on as permanent staff, under a three-year apprenticeship scheme."

An extra three gardening staff are expected to be employed as part of the restructuring, said Wilkinson.

"We are not being asked to make wholesale savings in the frontline so hopefully by bringing the two services together we will be able to pay for creating the three new gardening posts plus afford the traineeship scheme," he added.


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