Friends of Badock's Wood
A hidden haven for wildlife





Summer 2017
The Friends of Badock's Wood Constitution

Name of Group: Friends of Badock’s Wood


Aims and Objectives:

 

The Group aims to ensure that the Badock’s Wood Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is maintained and protected as a nature reserve for the mutual benefit of both wildlife and people. To fulfil these aims, the Group will:


Liaise with Bristol City Council’s Parks Department to ensure a high level of care for The Badock’s Wood LNR and to have a positive input into how the site is managed


Provide opportunities for involvement by as many individuals as possible, particularly local residents, by way of promoting “woodland events”


Provide a friendly and welcoming community focus for people interested in the preservation of Badock’s Wood as a community asset


Contribute to making Badock’s Wood a safe and inviting place to visit


Encourage more considerate behaviour and greater respect for Badock’s Wood by the local community


Contribute to the management of Badock’s Wood, including the protection of any wildlife habitats and to promote the importance of urban green spaces


Research and collect information relevant to the wildlife and history of Badock’s Wood


Work with Bristol City Council and other bodies (such as TCV, Natural England, English Heritage, Environment Agency, Wessex Water) to ensure that the effects on Badock’s Wood are fully considered in any plans or developments for the surrounding areas


Membership and Equality:


The Group is non political and Membership is open to anybody with an interest in Badock’s Wood or the immediate surrounding area.


The Group will achieve this objective by ensuring that membership is as widely publicised as possible and promote the fact that membership is open to everyone.


Organisation:


All Meetings are open to all Members of the Group. Individual Members will be elected to the following posts on the Management Committee:


Chairman* – to act as the main contact and spokesman for the Group and will also keep Meetings fair, unbiased and on time.


Vice-Chairman* – to stand-in for the Chairman, as and when necessary.


Treasurer – to be responsible for maintaining a bank account for the Group, holding the cheque book, keeping receipts and a record of all income/expenditure for the Group. Two signatures will be required on any cheques issued by the Group.


Secretary – to be responsible for arranging Meetings, circulating Agendas Minutes and Notes etc.


Other co-opted (non-elected) post holders, for supporting duties, can be nominated as and when these additional (non-executive) roles are deemed necessary. The post-holders do not need to be elected and the posts would be created in order to discharge particular tasks, by they short or long-term. Such roles could be (but not exclusively) :


Minutes Secretary – to be responsible for taking Minutes/Notes at Meetings.


Membership ’ Publicity Coordinator – to help the Secretary maintain a Membership database, recruitment and publicity etc


Management Plan Coordinator – to take the 5-Year Management Plan forward, liaising with the Council and other FOBW Members to ensure delivery of all aspects of the Plan.


Volunteer Coordinator – to maintain a list of active volunteers and to keep in touch with them. Arrange training and workdays, as required, and ensure that a suitable Risk Assessment is completed (and signed) prior to any volunteer activity session. The Volunteer Coordinator would also manage enquiries from large organisations who wish to offer Community Volunteering in Badock’s Wood as part of their team-building ethos.


Projects Coordinator – to be the focus for liaison with outside Agencies to progress funding opportunities for any major projects and to take the lead in pursuing these opportunities to a satisfactory conclusion.


Webmaster – to maintain the FOBW website and upload data, as required.


Quartermaster – to hold, maintain and issue FOBW's tools and equipment.


All practical work to be carried out by the Group will include a Risk Assessment that is agreed with Bristol City Council in order to meet the conditions of the Council's Public Liability Insurance. Each Work Party will have a Leader trained in the safe use of tools (the Leader will not necessarily be the Volunteer Coordinator). It is expected that there will be several Group Members who will be suitably accredited to compile Risk Assessments.


There will be an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which the Group’s finances and activities will be reported and the Management Committee elected. Changes to the Constitution can only be made at the AGM. Vacant management Committee posts can be filled at any time during the year but any such vacancies must be ratified by elections at the next AGM.


The AGM will be held in March/early April each year, following due Notice of 14 days.


As far as possible, decisions will be reached by consensus rather than by voting.


In addition to ad hoc workdays, the Group will hold Ordinary Meetings as necessary – probably up to 6 times a year. There will be standing invitations to Bristol City Council’s Parks Department and Avon & Somerset Constabulary to attend these Meetings.


*Title (Chairman, Chairperson, Chair etc) to be at the elected incumbent's behest.


Issue 4: 30 April 2013


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