10 beauty spots Bristol residents are proud of - including Snuff Mills and Castle Park

Nine in ten Bristolians consider it important to have an area of natural beauty close to where they live
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A poll has revealed the beauty spots residents in Bristol are most proud of.

The survey of 200 adults who live in Bristol and the surrounding area also found that hills and mountains (41 per cent), streams and rivers (39 per cent), and untouched forests (33 per cent) are the top features that locals think make an area beautiful.

And almost eight in ten (77 per cent) say no matter where you go in the world, it’s hard to beat the beauty of Britain’s green spaces. 

While people in Bristol love living near areas of natural beauty, in contrast three in 10 would like to live away from a motorway while 17 per cent would prefer to live away from a factory.

More than seven in ten (72 per cent) believe power stations in particular ruin beautiful views of the countryside. 

The research found six in 10 Bristol residents love getting out and exploring the great British countryside. 

Brandon Hill is adorned with stunning ponds and multiple tree-covered paths. It is also home to Cabot Tower where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of Bristol.Brandon Hill is adorned with stunning ponds and multiple tree-covered paths. It is also home to Cabot Tower where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of Bristol.
Brandon Hill is adorned with stunning ponds and multiple tree-covered paths. It is also home to Cabot Tower where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of Bristol.

Almost seven in 10 (69 per cent) like being close to nature, while two thirds (66 per cent) think it boosts their mental health. 

When it comes to looking after the countryside, almost nine in 10 (86 per cent) are proud of the preservation work that goes into conserving green spaces across Great Britain. 

The typical Bristolian gets out into nature on a proper ramble almost seven times a month, or nearly twice a week. 

People in Bristol also far prefer the countryside to its city equivalent – by a huge 75 per cent to 10 per cent respectively.

Top 10 beauty spots Bristol residents are proud of

  1. Clifton Downs
  2. Ashton Court Estate
  3. Clevedon Pier
  4. Victoria Park
  5. Snuff Mills
  6. Leigh Woods
  7. St George Park
  8. Brandon Hill Park
  9. Castle Park
  10. Oldbury Court Estate Park

The research, commissioned by Smart Energy GB, follows the publication of a report by energy experts Cornwall Insight, which finds that if households become more flexible in how and when they use electricity, Britain could avoid the need to build the equivalent of four new gas-fired power stations in 2030.

This alone would save over £2.5 billion in 2030, while also lowering our carbon emissions.

Households participating in flexible electricity initiatives also stand to save up to £375 off their annual energy bills in 2040, according to the report.

Victoria Bacon, Director at Smart Energy GB said: “It is clear that people in Bristol value the environmental benefits of their local hotspots as much as their beauty. That’s why it’s so important that we find new and innovative ways to protect our environment. 

“By using energy more flexibly we have the potential to reduce our reliance on expensive, foreign gas, and the need to build additional, expensive infrastructure such as gas-fired power stations. Smart meters are pivotal to creating a modern and efficient energy system as they put households in greater control of their energy use and provide opportunities to use energy more flexibly.”

An additional survey found that almost nine in 10 (87 per cent) Bristolians consider it important to have an area of natural beauty close to where they live. 

The main reason for this is that having green spaces nearby is good for their mental wellbeing (65 per cent). 

While many said it helps the environment (59 per cent) and their physical health (49 per cent).