What We Do


Working with Bristol City Council and others, FrANC offers its members the opportunity to take part in:
  • Several guided walks each year which focus on topics ranging from bugs and bats to bridges; from trees and the flora of the New Cut to its geology; and from locally growing medicinal herbs to the maritime and industrial history of the area. For more information on forthcoming and recent walks go to our Events, Walks and Talks page.
  • Meadow management of Butterfly Junction, an area of industrial wasteland on which butterflies and moths have traditionally flourished.
  • Riverbank clean-up sessions to help keep the New Cut as a place for the wildlife to flourish and all to enjoy.
  • Enhancing the environment around the New Cut through the provision of interpretation boards, benches and refuse bins.
  • Events such as celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the completion of the New Cut, FrANC’s own festivities to mark its 10th birthday and completion of a Heritage Lottery Fund project, and arts events. Our Gallery section has photos and videos.
  • Fundraising to enable FrANC to further develop its activities.
FrANC publishes information leaflets about the New Cut. Our most recent, Four Circular Walks around Avon New Cut, provides maps and relevant local information for people to follow and explore for themselves. Other leaflets include a treasure hunt, the wildlife of the New Cut and information about Butterfly Junction, trees and flowering plants. All can be downloaded from Leaflets & Books.
A Celebration of the Avon New Cut, a book produced by local experts and published by Fiducia Press, provides a fascinating account of the New Cut and its many features including its geology, history, wildlife and ideas about its future. It contains an excellent collection of new and old photographs, maps and illustrations (see Leaflets & Books). Copies (£7) are available via contact@franc.org.uk