Monthly Archives: April 2016

St George in Bloom Receives Royal Horticultural Society Support to Garden for Health and Happiness

New community gardening project to launch RHS Britain in Bloom 2016 campaign

planting zone

The existing area before the project begins.


St George in Bloom is one of just 40 community groups across the country that has been chosen by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to receive £500 worth of support to deliver an innovative local gardening project, as part of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

In addition, St George in Bloom has also been selected as a regional finalist in the 2016 RHS Britain in Bloom competition, and we are proud to be representing our communities within St George, the City of Bristol and the entire South West region.

Under the banner of Greening Grey Britain for Health and Happiness, volunteers from St George in Bloom, The Church Road Town Team and officers from Bristol City Council will come together to create a garden with the aim of enhancing an area of neglected land where advertising Billboards are currently located in Church Road, St George, Bristol alongside the Sikh Temple.

sikh temple frontage


The frontage of the Sikh temple alongside the billboards site.


The project will help to improve this area on this busy route that leads directly to and from the City of Bristol, and develop an attractive area for local residents, passersby and visitors to enjoy and take a rest.. This will also help to enhance this vibrant and popular shopping area that has a variety of shops, cafes, and local businesses.

A local company has pledged to supply a seat that will be incorporated into the planted area, and another local company will kindly donate new fence panels that will serve as a back drop to the site.

The planting scheme will also focus on attracting Bees and Pollinating insects as part of St George in Bloom’s partnership with Bristol University’s ‘Get Bristol Buzzing’ project. Volunteers from St George in Bloom will also make and plant large containers that will enhance the frontage of the Sikh Temple that is also located alongside this area.

The RHS support will take the form of £500 worth of gardening materials as well as expert gardening advice, tips and insight from RHS Community Outreach Advisors, to ensure that the project makes as big an impact as possible on the local community.

Grenville Johnson Chair of St George in Bloom, said: “This project will help to transform this area of neglected land that sits alongside a busy route that leads to and from the City of Bristol.

It will help to raise everyone’s spirits, and demonstrate that we are all collectively working to enhance and improve our area of the city.
St George in Bloom greatly appreciates the generous financial support and advice from the RHS that will enable this innovative community led project to move forward”

RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, said: “Gardening and being in and around green spaces can provide a range of health benefits, from increased exercise, stress reduction and increased social cohesion that creates a sense of belonging.

“There are very few activities that tick so many health and wellbeing boxes for both individuals and communities, and that’s why projects such as St George in Bloom are so important, and why the RHS is delighted to be able to support them.”

The Greening Grey Britain for Health and Happiness theme of the 2016 Britain in Bloom campaign was chosen in recognition of the increasing body of evidence that shows that gardens and green spaces have a tremendously positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Both the physical activity of gardening and the use of green spaces for mental relaxation and stimulation have been shown to provide a range of health benefits.

All of the 40 chosen groups have shown that their projects can use gardening as a tool to, among other things, reduce isolation, encourage outdoor exercise, reconnect people with healthy seasonal food, promote improved mental health and aid relaxation.

<Click here for the full list of the 40 chosen groups>

For more information please contact Grenville Johnson, Chair of St George in Bloom
By phone: 01179496788 or email:

NP Meeting – New Date

Following the cancellation of our meeting in April (see below) it has not been possible to rearrange the meeting for a date before the elections on 5th May.

We are now aiming to hold the meeting on Wednesday 25th May, 7.00pm; this is the first possible date after the elections. This date is subject to confirmation that two or more of the Councillors to be elected on 5th May are able to attend so that the meeting will be quorate. See our meetings page for details of venue and papers.

Original Posting 13th April:

We regret to inform you that the St George NP meeting scheduled 7pm today (13th April) has been cancelled. This is due to unforeseen personal circumstances, which affects the meeting’s quorum arrangement. If the meeting is not quorum the NP partnership meeting is unable to take place and no decision/s can be made.

Sorry for the short notice, but it is beyond our control. Please accept our apology for any inconvenience caused.

We are looking to reschedule a meeting so we could have it in the next couple of weeks or so, in order to conduct key business decisions like the Wellbeing applications, etc.

Discover East Bristol with Bristol’s Walking Festival

The complete programme is now out for the Bristol Walk Fest.  You can take this opportunity to find out more about the area covered by the beautiful Discover East Bristol map.  Listed below are all the walks that include part of the Discover East Bristol area.  Find out more about the project that delivered a beautiful map in both paper and online, on

portraitimage.jpg__1140x0_q85_crop-scale_subsampling-2_upscaleThe walking festival starts on Thursday 28th April with walks from different points of the compass to meet at a reception at the Bordeaux Quay, BS1 5 UH for refreshments and a chance to meeting this year’s walk providers.

The best compass route choice to see parts of the Discover East Bristol area is the North East (NE) wwalk.  You can choose to do the whole route or just a section and maybe use a bus for the final parts.

Compass Walks

The walk numbers and names are listed below that are partly or completely in the Discover East Bristol area.  For full details use the walk numbers to look  up the walks in the programme here.  Just go to the 3rd page, which shows the list of all the walks in numerical order, click on the walk name and you will be taken straight to the walk details.  Nearly all the walks listed below are free with the exception of the Natural Dye Plant Identification walks.

15 – St George Park Stroll
19 – Natural Dye Plant Identification
24 – Memory Lane
25 – Natural Dye Plant Identification
30 – A Stroll in St George’s Park
33 – Wander the Waterways of St Philips, Brislington and Crew’s Hole
53 – Discover East Bristol – Golden Green Spaces
55 – Good for your Heart, Good for your Head
59 – Discover East Bristol – Nature Reserves and Open Spaces in Fishponds area
60 – St George Park Stroll
74 – Multi-Faith Trail
78 – A Stroll in St George’s Park
82 – Discover East Bristol – Hills, Views and Rivers
83 – Stoke Park History Walk
88 – Frome Valley Day Walk
105 – St George Park Stroll
112 – Discovering East Bristol – Hidden Fishponds
116 – A Stroll in St George’s Park
118 – Medicinal Herb Walk in Eastville Park
127 – Discover East Bristol – Troopers Hill Avon Valley Walk
137 – Eastville Park Bat Walk
140 – St George Park Stroll
152 – Discover East Bristol – These Boots are Made for Walking
156 – A Stroll in St George’s Park
158 – Eastville Park Bat Walk
159 – Wild Frome
167 – Creative Adventure Walk
175 – St George Park Stroll

Election Candidates

The Bristol City Council Wards have changed, and the elections were held on 5 May 2016 were for the new Wards. You can find out which of the new Wards you live in here.

The candidates for elections on 5th May 2016 were:

To be a Councillor for the Bristol City Council Ward of
St George Central
(2 vacancies):
–  Nicola Anne BEECH, Labour Party
–  Wayne Jefferson COOMBES, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
–  Andy CROW, Liberal Democrat
–  Jillian Anita GETTRUP, Liberal Democrat
–  Tony LEE, Conservative Party Candidate
–  Kris MURPHY, Conservative Party Candidate
–  Steve PEARCE, Labour Party
–  Ruby Alice Gabrielle TUCKER, Green Party
Legal Notice issued by the Returning Officer available here [.pdf].
Ward Map available here [.pdf].

Results expected Sunday 8th May

To be a Councillor for the Bristol City Council Ward of
St George Troopers Hill
(1 vacancy):
–  Fabian Guy BRECKELS, Labour and Co-operative Party
–  Sean BUCHAN, Green Party
–  Nicholas John COOMBES, Liberal Democrat
–  Mike LUFF, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
–  Kevin Robert RAINEY, The Conservative Party Candidate
Legal Notice issued by the Returning Officer available here [.pdf].
Ward Map available here [.pdf].

Results expected Sunday 8th May

To be a Councillor for the Bristol City Council Ward of
St George West
(1 vacancy):
–  Asher CRAIG, Labour Party
–  Lorraine FRANCIS, Green Party
–  Bernie LYONS, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
–  Tony POTTER, Independent
–  James Henry Oswald ROUGHTON, The Conservative Party Candidate
–  Ian James TOWNSEND, Liberal Democrat Focus Team
Legal Notice issued by the Returning Officer available here [.pdf].
Ward Map available here [.pdf].

Results expected Sunday 8th May

On 5th May there were elections for …

Mayor of Bristol
List of candidates available here [.pdf].
Information booklet produced by Returning Officer available here. [.pdf]
> Result expected Saturday 7th May here

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Police area
List of candidates available here
Candidate information available here
> Result expected Friday 6th May here