The Friends of the Avon New Cut (FrANC) is a group of local people who are promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the Cut - including its history, geology, wildlife, bridges and its role in making Bristol work.

The Avon New Cut is a tidal waterway running through the centre of Bristol. Excavated between 1804 & 1809, it was an essential part of the development of Bristol’s Floating Harbour. The Cut is still vitally important to the function of the City Docks and the surrounding area for drainage. It has now become an area rich in flora and fauna – a green lung in the centre of the city.

We run guided walks and events, organise riverbank clean-up sessions, publish regular newsletters and have produced wildlife leaflets and a book about the Cut. Click on the headings above to find out more.

A big THANK YOU to over 40 volunteers who tidied up the riverbanks, Chocolate Path and railway line between January and May 2016. Collectively you gave over 300 hours of volunteer time and the banks look so much better as a result. The bank along York Road which we have recently 'adopted' now looks well cared for after years of neglect.

Map of the Avon New Cut

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Buy our magnificent book!

A Celebration of the Avon New Cut is a fantastic book produced by a group of local people and published by Fiducia Press. It is a fascinating account of the Cut’s history, its geology, its wildlife and ideas about its future. It contains an excellent collection of old and new photographs, maps and illustrations. Copies are available at £7.00 from the Southville Centre (Beauley Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QG) . Makes an excellent present!

New Cut leaflets

Free copies of our leaflet Discovering Wildlife on the Avon New Cut are available at the Southville Centre and the CREATE Centre (Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN). Why not pick up a copy and go and explore the wealth of wildlife on your doorstep?!