Disc golf on Ashton Court saved after council agreement

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The course will see changes to help protect wildlife

Disc golf will remain at Ashton Court, Bristol City Council has confirmed, after a redesign of the course was agreed to minimise disturbance to the wildlife. The agreement comes after more than 1,200 people signed a petition for the course to remain in place.

The game, also known as ‘frisbee golf’, looked set to be moved on from Ashton Court after concerns were raised over its impact on the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) earlier this year, and alternative sites were sought.

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This was despite strong opposition from those who signed a petition which said the course offered a ‘great source of enjoyment’ for the community. The pandemic also saw the sport grow across the UK.

But now the course looks to be safe after an agreement was sealed between the city council and Yeti disc golf club, which run it.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson told Bristol World: “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to work with Yeti disc golf club to agree changes to the disc golf course that will enable it to remain at Ashton Court.

“These changes to the design of the course will prevent damage to trees and minimise disturbance to the plants and wildlife. This is particularly important as the course sits within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), meaning the landscape is protected and must be managed in a way that conserves its special features.”

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After Mayor Marvin Rees tweeted the news yesterday (December 22), one person said: “Bravo to Ashton Court and Bristol City Council for choosing to engage proactively and work with the guys from Yeti Disc Golf to keep this public resource open, promoting healthy and low-impact access to this Green space.”

The course is 18 holes and people can pay for annual passes to use it by visiting the club’s website here.

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