Monthly Archives: June 2016

Brighten up St George

A message from Grenville Johnson, Chair of St George in Bloom.

Calling all shops, residents, streets and communities in St George to brighten up our area of the city!

St George in Bloom invites businesses, community groups and residents in the area to brighten up their gardens and help keep the local streets clean and tidy.

Categories in our St George in Bloom 2016 competition include:
• Large front garden
• Small front garden
• House frontage only – hanging basket, window box or containers
• Best Wildlife Friendly Garden
• Best business and commercial premises
• Best forgotten Corner or community open space that was previously neglected.
• Best ‘Blooming’ Pub
• Best Allotment Space

Displays are also being encouraged to attract pollinating insects as part of Get St George Buzzing 2016 in collaboration with Bristol University’s Urban Pollinators project.

Entry is FREE, and entry forms for our friendly competition can be downloaded from the St George in Bloom website at:www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

Details of how the completed forms can be returned are also included on our website.

THE NEWLY EXTENDED CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS:
SUNDAY 31ST  JULY 2016 AT 5PM.

If you require more information please contact Grenville Johnson
Chair of St George in Bloom by phone on: 01179496788 or by email at: victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk

Please help to make St George look really colourful and spectacular this year.

This year St George in Bloom was selected to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2016.
We will represent Bristol and the South West region in the Urban category.

We hope you will enter our competition, and the results will be announced at our special awards ceremony.
The date and venue of the ceremony will be announced later in the year.

With thanks for your kind support, and we look forward to receiving your application.

Grenville Johnson
Chair of St George in Bloom
Website: www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stgeorgeinbloom

Editor: We hope you like this photo of the St Aidan’s Brownies at the start of their gardening project – they are looking forward to their entry being assessed again this year.

brownie workers

Meet your Councillor

The elected Councillors for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area are:

–  St George Central [Ward map]:
Cllr Steve Pearce & Cllr Nicola Beech

–  St George Troopers Hill [Ward map]:
Cllr Fabian Breckels

–  St George West [Ward map]:
Cllr Asher Craig

Councillor contact information

Councillor Surgeries:

There are weekly opportunities to meet with your local Councillor (no appointment necessary):

First Saturday of the month:
St George Library
11.30am – 12.30pm

Second Saturday of the the month:
St Aidan with St George Church Hall, Fir Tree Lane
11.00am – 12noon

Third Tuesday of the month:
St George Library
6.30pm – 7.30pm

Fourth Saturday of the month:
Meadowvale community centre – Meadowvale
1.00pm – 2.00pm

councillor surgeryies

Brighten up St George and be assessed for an award

A message from Grenville Johnson, Chair of St George in Bloom.

Calling all shops, residents, streets and communities in St George to brighten up our area of the city!

St George in Bloom invites businesses, community groups and residents in the area to brighten up their gardens and help keep the local streets clean and tidy.

Categories in our St George in Bloom 2016 competition include:
• Large front garden
• Small front garden
• House frontage only – hanging basket, window box or containers
• Best Wildlife Friendly Garden
• Best business and commercial premises
• Best forgotten Corner or community open space that was previously neglected.
• Best ‘Blooming’ Pub
• Best Allotment Space

Displays are also being encouraged to attract pollinating insects as part of Get St George Buzzing 2016 in collaboration with Bristol University’s Urban Pollinators project.

Entry is FREE, and entry forms for our friendly competition can be downloaded from the St George in Bloom website at:www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

Details of how the completed forms can be returned are also included on our website.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS:
FRIDAY 8TH JULY 2016 AT 5PM.

If you require more information please contact Grenville Johnson
Chair of St George in Bloom by phone on: 01179496788 or by email at: victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk

Please help to make St George look really colourful and spectacular this year.

This year St George in Bloom was selected to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2016.
We will represent Bristol and the South West region in the Urban category.

We hope you will enter our competition, and the results will be announced at our special awards ceremony.
The date and venue of the ceremony will be announced later in the year.

With thanks for your kind support, and we look forward to receiving your application.

Grenville Johnson
Chair of St George in Bloom
Website: www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stgeorgeinbloom

Editor: We hope you like this photo of the St Aidan’s Brownies at the start of their gardening project – they are looking forward to their entry being assessed again this year.

brownie workers

Money granted to local projects – 25th May 2016

6 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  One, from Friends of Dundridge Park, was withdrawn due to funding having been found from other sources.  All the remaining 5 applications were granted at the SGNP meeting of  25th May, 2016, by a unanimous vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which was represented at the meeting by all  St George councillors.

The following amounts were granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) 74th Bristol (St Aidans) Brownies

£507.30 for up to 20 Brownies and leaders to visit Slimbridge Wetlands centre to learn more about wildlife and the importance of caring for the environment.  £50 for bedding plants and sundries for the Brownie Garden

b) St George Community Association

£1,890 to improve the garden area of St George Community Centre and pay for the services of project worker for 16 weeks to co-ordinate this work and recruit volunteers, to carry on supporting the garden, via 3 gardening events to engage with local residents.

c) Redfest Bristol

£3,013 to fund the main stage at the Redfest event in St George Park on  Saturday 6th August 2016

d) Friends of Gladstone Street Park

£220 to provide a Punch and Judy show in Gladstone St Park to bring people together and encourage to care for this space.  The application also asked for litter pickers, gloves and bin bags for volunteers to care for this space.

e) Meadow Vale Community Association

£600 for a planting project in from on the Meadow Vale Community Centre involving local families as part of the St George in Bloom offering.

The closing date for the next round of applications is: Monday 25th July, 2016.

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing sub-group are a group of volunteers who review the grant applications and make recommendations about them.  New volunteers would be very welcome.  Found out more here.

To make your own application for a grant visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants

Big Green Week in St George

Bristol’s Big Green Week features a whole host of activities.  You might like to enjoy some green activities without stirring very far from home.

St George Community Centre start the weekend with a Big Green Working Party and carry on with other activities in July and August, thanks to funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

sgcc - bigg green weekOn Saturday evening Friends of St George Park are offering you a chance to learn more about bats.

bats st george park

Friends of Troopers have an especially family focused conservation work party on Sunday and hold conservaton work parties throughout the year on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-noon.  Find out more on  www.troopers-hill.org.uk/wp

June Family Work Party 2016

 

Here’s another activity for Saturday that may not be green but is definitely in a good cause.

There will a tea party at Summerhill Methodist Church, 5 Air Balloon Rd, Bs5 8LB, from midday to 4pm on Saturday 18th June.

tea party symbol

Grey to Green – St George in Bloom are working hard

We were delighted  to report in April on St George in Bloom‘s success in obtaining Royal Horticultural Society funding for their grey to green transformation project.  The group has gone on to attract even more funding and support for the project and have been doing a LOT of physical work.

Phase 2 - hard at work2

Some of this project builds on earlier work carried out by the Church Rd Town Team working with St George in Bloom that we reported on in March.

Here is the latest report of their progress from the Chair of St George in Bloom, Grenville Johnson.

The transformation of the area in front the billboards site in Church Road St George, Bristol.

An RHS funded ‘Grey to Green Health & Happiness project

St George in Bloom is one of just 40 community groups across the UK to receive support from the Royal Horticultural Society in the form of a £500 grant to deliver an innovative gardening project as part of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

A large team of volunteers gathered together on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th June 2016 including members of the Church Road Town Team together with members of St George in Bloom, and a group of employees from Aviva Insurance community outreach initiative to start on the grey to green transformation within the formerly neglected area in front the billboards at Church Road St George.

Phase 2 - hard at work

The members of the Sikh Temple also helped to transport all the waste, and they kindly refreshed us with regular cups of tea and biscuits.

grey to green team

The plants are now installed together with new fence panels that are located in between the billboards.

A St George in Bloom member has made four large wooden planters, and these have been attached to the railings at the front of the Sikh Temple and planted up with flowers inspired by the traditional Sikh colours of blue and orange.

Phase 2 - Carol  and planter

The planting scheme at the billboards site has been designed to attract Bees and pollinating insects, and St George in Bloom is the first community group in the city to support Bristol University’s ‘Get Bristol Buzzing’ project that is working to halt the serious decline of Bees and other pollinating insects.

Phase 2 - planted

There is still more work to be done, including a top dressing of bark mulch to protect the plants, and the installation of two planted containers, and a bench so that passers – by can sit and relax when they pass the site.

We are most grateful to the local town team who also made a financial contribution to this project, and several local companies namely Bowland Stone who donated the fence panels, and Park Insurance who will kindly donate a bench for the garden site. We are also most grateful to Bristol in Bloom who also donated some of the plants.

Finally, we also wish to thank the Royal Horticultural Society who kindly awarded us the Grey to Green Health and Happiness grant that enabled this exciting and innovative project to proceed.

We hope that this project will help to improve this busy area of Church Road in St George and make an attractive and colourful garden for passers – by to enjoy.

Grenville Johnson.

Chair of St George in Bloom.

Phase 2 - planted 2

Dundridge Park – Work Starts

Great news from Dundridge Park that the first of 3 funded projects is under way.

Work in progressThere is now a new path from the chicane gate to the proposed new play area. This was one of 1170 community group projects funded by Tesco’s Bags Of Help Scheme.

Completed PathNext will be a ‘Wildlife Path’ from the Football Clubhouse down to the steps leading to Conham Vale. New Interpretation Boards and sleeper benches will be installed as part of the work. Funding of over £33,000 has been secured for this project thanks to the generosity of CORY Environmental Trust. The work should take place July/August.

The third project is for the existing play area to be upgraded and expanded probably at the end of the summer. Tenders are due to be evaluated and a contractor /supplier chosen later this month. Sita Trust have generously awarded over £47,000 toward the cost of this project.

The grants at Dundridge Park were secured through Friends Of Dundridge Park working with a fundraiser funded by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and S106 money for match funding again from the NP.

Friends of Dundridge Park would like thank Bristol City Council and the Neighbourhood Partnership for their recent additional funding and ongoing help and support.

Money was allocated to these projects by the Neighbourhood Partnership because improving access to our wonderful green spaces and improving the play areas in them are priorities in the St George Neighbourhood Plan. As well as these projects at Dundridge work will also start later this year on St George Neighbourhood Partnership supported projects for new play facilities at Troopers Hill Field and Meadow Vale – watch this space! There has also been recent work to improve entrances to green spaces at Plummers Hill, Rodney Road and Meadow Vale.

If you have ideas for projects that should be included as future priorities then please come along to our next Neighbourhood Forum on Tuesday 9th August at Summerhill Methodist Church.