Manor Woods Valley is a gem among south Bristol’s many lovely green spaces. It includes the Local Nature Reserve, Manor Woods Orchard and Old Quarries. It has woodlands, wildflower meadows, open parkland, an orchard and the middle stretch of the Malago.

Recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, Bishopsworth had two manors. The description of one the manors matches the modern Manor Woods.

Wildflower meadow view

In 1600, much of Manor Woods became part of the Headley Farm and the track which led to the farm still exists today. Throughout the Industrial Revolution, Bedminster turned into a densely populated suburb, however Manor Woods remained a strip of land surrounded by urban development.

In 1998, Manor Woods became part of the Bishopsworth and Malago Conservation Area.

It is a place where wildlife thrives, where orchids grow, where bees hum, where birds sing and where people enjoy all the benefits of nature.

Woodland Path in Spring dPI 72

Manor Woods Valley is a source of great pride for the local communities of Bedminster Down, Bishopsworth and Headley Park and is well used by visitors from across Bristol and beyond.

It is owned by Bristol City Council, with the Manor Woods Valley Group taking on responsibility for most of the conservation work within it.