Following a suggestion raised by members to the 2021 HSC AGM, a proposal was agreed to prepare a Climate and Nature Emergency Action Plan for the lake. A working group of members, staff and EC Members volunteered to take this work forward.
The Action Plan introduces the Climate and Nature Emergency, the need for action, and brings together work already underway by the Club, committed work and concept ideas to be investigated. This includes work to reduce the Club’s carbon and nature footprint, and action to improve biodiversity and the resilience of the lake and grounds, as well as to inspire collective action by lake members and staff.
Recognising the importance of joined up work across the city, the Action Plan is structured in line with, and will help contribute to the Bristol One City Climate Strategy themes, One City Ecological Emergency Strategy Goals and the Bristol Avon Catchment Plan.
It is important to highlight that this Action Plan is a starting point which will evolve in response to new priorities and opportunities. There is a wealth of expertise and knowledge among Club members which provides an exciting opportunity to share ideas and information to improve sustainability both for management, care and enjoyment of the lake and across all areas of our work and lives.
It is important to note that for actions in the plan below, particularly for actions which are not yet committed and are at concept stage, that any proposal that involves significant expenditure or work by the Club will be considered alongside other Club objectives and priorities.
The lake has been managed to enhance water quality and the natural environment of the grounds since it was first opened, and as currently the only designated UK bathing water within the City of Bristol it is a precious haven for both people and nature. By putting this plan into action, we aim to progress our work together to protect and enhance the lake so that it continues to thrive for the benefit of nature and people now and for future generations.
Some of the key actions the plan includes are:
Key actions we can all help with:
The Action Plan can be viewed at: Henleaze Swimming Club Climate and Nature Emergency Action Plan
To provide any further ideas, information or suggestions, or to get involved contact us via the Contact page.