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Neighbourhood Forum – Tuesday 9 August

The next Neighbourhood Forum covering the whole St George Neighbourhood Partnership area is on Tuesday 9 August.  It is being held at Summerhill Methodist Church from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

There is a full agenda for the evening, with an opportunity to learn about a variety of issues, including:

Police & Crime Commissioner - Avon & SomersetSue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will talking about the ‘Police and Crime Plan‘ and how you can contribute to the consultation.  Sue Mountstevens will also take a question and answer session.

There will be an opportunity to hear about some of the projects and organisations that have received frunding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, and other success stories from across the St George area.  Additionally, there will be an update on the various projects that St George Neighbourhood Partnership has been working on.

Avon & Somerset PolicceLocal police officers (and PCSOs) will be at the meeting.  They’ll be reporting back on the priorities they were set at the meeting in May.  The meeting will also agree new local policing priorities.  There will also be an opportunity for one-to-one conversations with the neighbourhood policing team.

Bristol Energy [logo]Bristol Energy is a new energy company (for electricity and gas) formed by Bristol City Council.  Representatives of Bristol Energy will be at the Forum to explain their tariffs and how you can switch supplier.

A new licensing regime was recently introduced to part of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area for homes let by private landlords.  Representatives of Bristol City Council will be at the Forum to explain implications for landlords and for tenants, as well as to answer questions.

The ‘Market Place’ will be a breakout part of the evening enabling those present to discuss a wide range of issues as well as talk with the speakers at the Forum.

Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of St George Neighbourhood Partnership, commented “The Forum provides a great opportunity for local people to raise local issues.  Those attending will also be able to hear what has been happening across the St George area.  For this meeting we have the added advantage of Sue Mountstevens attending to discuss the Crime Plan.” 

Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, commented “Residents of St George will have a clear view on what should be a priority for the police. Listening to local people is the most important part of my role and that’s why I am delighted to speak at the next St George Neighbourhood Forum because only by hearing from local people can I truly be their voice in policing.” 

Further information on the Forum (including the agenda, and a poster to download) is available at


St George in Bloom is Blooming Ready for Royal Horticultural Society UK Finals Judging

A press release from St George in Bloom.

RHS Britain in Bloom judging tour takes place on FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST 2016 FOR THE JUDGE’S VISIT TO ST GEORGE IN BLOOM.

 Green fingered volunteers from St George in Bloom have been busy putting the finishing touches to their Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign ahead of the arrival of RHS judges on Friday 5th August 2016.

Last summer 72 locations were selected to represent their region/nation in this year’s Britain in Bloom finals, each hoping to score top marks and be announced category winner at an awards ceremony in Birmingham on 14 October.

St George in Bloom is in the Urban category for Bristol and the South West Region, alongside other national finalists.

When assessing St George in Bloom judges will take into consideration three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility, demonstrated across public spaces such as town or city centres, parks and communal gardens, as well as natural spaces including conservation areas and wildflower meadows. Each entry’s final score also takes into account a whole range of complementary factors, from the condition of street furniture to the engagement of young people in Bloom activities.

UK-wide Britain in Bloom groups transform an estimated 3,459 acres, equivalent to 9.9 Hyde Parks or 1,965 football pitches into green havens for all. Bloom volunteers have transformed derelict land into community gardens, greened grey spaces, brightened up streets with floral displays, cleared litter, grown fresh produce, and so much more. As part of their commitment to creating green spaces in their communities Britain in Bloom groups, including the 72 finalists, have planted more than 10 million plants, trees and bulbs over the past year.

Roger Burnett, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judging panel, said: ‘Britain in Bloom is a real movement for good that is transforming neighbourhoods, creating communities and bringing the many health and wellbeing benefits of gardening to increasing numbers of people from every walk of life.

“The RHS Britain in Bloom finals are an opportunity to celebrate the tens of thousands of often unheralded volunteers who readily give up their time to improve their local environment. My fellow judges and I are immensely proud to be able to see the fruits of their labour and celebrate the work they do.”

Grenville Johnson Chair of St George in Bloom said: ‘Our local volunteers, community groups, local City Councillors and Officers from Bristol Council have worked incredibly hard to showcase all the wonderful work that has been achieved in the St George area of the City of Bristol, and we are looking forward to meeting the RHS judges when they visit St George on Friday August 5th.

It is a huge honour for St George in Bloom to represent our area and the City of Bristol as a national RHS Britain in Bloom finalist this year.’

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Regional Development, said: ”RHS Britain in Bloom puts communities front and centre as we recognise the amazing work they have done, often under incredibly difficult circumstances.

“This year we will be presenting a new award that will recognise the efforts Bloom groups have made to make their communities greener and more beautiful places, often while facing adversity – from flooding to extreme heat and vandalism. Although the character, selflessness and resolve of Bloom Groups are well known, this new award will shine a light on the often uncelebrated work communities do to make the UK a greener, healthier place to live.”

“The finalists should be immensely proud of all they’ve achieved to get this far, and I wish them the very best of luck!’

For information on how to take part visit:

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For more information please contact Garfield Myrie in the RHS press office on 020 7821 3060 or

 Press Contact Details:- Grenville Johnson – Chair of St George in Bloom.

Telephone: 01179496788



Notes to Editors:

Britain in Bloom with the RHS

  • The UK’s biggest community gardening campaign involves up to 300,000 passionate local volunteers who work year-round to keep our neighbourhoods and streets green, clean and thriving.
  • Bloom was started by the British Tourist Authority as a way to attract visitors to the UK through floral displays. In 2001, the RHS took over as organisers and have developed the campaign to include greater focus on community participation and environmental responsibility.
  • In 2006, the RHS launched a new grass roots level for Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) – aimed at small volunteer groups (such as youth groups, ‘Friends of’ groups, etc.) which has grown from 342 to nearly 2,300 groups.
  • Since 1964, Bloom has evolved from what many saw as a rural hanging basket competition to a major socio-environmental campaign that is improving villages, towns and cities across the UK. In 2014 Britain in Bloom celebrated its 50th anniversary as Britain’s favourite gardening campaign.


About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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The 2016 RHS Britain in Bloom National Judging Panel


Category Judges
Champion of Champions Sue Wood & David Jamieson
City Rae Beckwith & Kate Dagnall
Coastal Over 12,000 Ian Beaney & Richard Budge
Coastal up to 12,000 Kim Parish & Keith Jackson
Large City Nigel Bishop & Brendan Mowforth
Large Town Jim Goodwin & Mel Henley
Large Village Darren Share & James Cordingley
Small City Nigel Bishop & Brendan Mowforth
Small Town Andrew Jackson & Geraldine King
Town Jon Wheatley & Bill Ronald
Village Roger Burnett & Teresa Potter
Urban Community Martyn Hird & Glenn Dale


2016 judging schedule:


Entry Name Category Region / Nation Judging date
Lytham Champion of Champion (Coastal up to 12k) North West 29-Jul
St Pierre du Bois Champion of Champion (Coastal up to 12k) Guernsey 05-Aug
Birmingham Champion of Champion (Large City) Heart of England 04-Aug
Durham Champion of Champion (Large Town) Northumbria 02-Aug
Ahoghill Champion of Champion (Small Town) Ulster 03-Aug
Cleethorpes Champion of Champion Coastal over 12k) East Midlands 01-Aug
Aberdeen City Scotland 05-Aug
London Borough of Havering City London 02-Aug
London Borough of Tower Hamlets City London 03-Aug
Oldham City North West 04-Aug
Bournemouth Coastal over 12k South & South East 02-Aug
Deal Coastal over 12k South & South East 03-Aug
Exmouth Coastal over 12k South West 01-Aug
Great Yarmouth Coastal over 12k Anglia 04-Aug
Southport Coastal over 12k North West 05-Aug
St Peter Port Coastal over 12k Guernsey 06-Aug
Bute Coastal up to 12k Scotland 11-Aug
Filey Coastal up to 12k Yorkshire 03-Aug
Mablethorpe Coastal up to 12k East Midlands 02-Aug
Newcastle Coastal up to 12k Ulster 12-Aug
Silloth-on-Solway Coastal up to 12k Cumbria 04-Aug
St Brelade Coastal up to 12k Jersey 01-Aug
Tenby Coastal up to 12k Wales 05-Aug
Belfast City Large City Ulster 10-Aug
London Borough of Ealing Large City London 02-Aug
Wigan Large City North West 08-Aug
Coleraine Large Town Ulster 11-Aug
Colwyn Bay Large Town Wales 09-Aug
Congleton Large Town North West 08-Aug
Farnham Large Town South & South East 02-Aug
Kendal Large Town Cumbria 10-Aug
Market Harborough Large Town East Midlands 05-Aug
Perth Large Town Scotland 12-Aug
Portishead Large Town South West 04-Aug
Ryde Large Town South & South East 03-Aug
Wisbech Large Town Anglia 01-Aug
Barwick in Elmet Large Village Yorkshire 03-Aug
Beer Large Village South West 01-Aug
Dalston Large Village Cumbria 08-Aug
Dufftown Large Village Scotland 05-Aug
Hillsborough Large Village Ulster 04-Aug
Upton on Severn Large Village Heart of England 02-Aug
Canterbury City Small City South & South East 03-Aug
Colchester Small City Anglia 09-Aug
Derry City Small City Ulster 11-Aug
Exeter Small City South West 01-Aug
Harrogate Small City Yorkshire 15-Aug
Loughborough Small City East Midlands 05-Aug
Rugby Small City Heart of England 04-Aug
Corbridge Small Town Northumbria 04-Aug
Freckleton Small Town North West 03-Aug
Studley Small Town Heart of England 02-Aug
Whitehead Small Town Ulster 05-Aug
Amersham Town Thames & Chilterns 02-Aug
City of London Town London 03-Aug
Haddington Town Scotland 05-Aug
Immingham Town East Midlands 04-Aug
Midsomer Norton Town South West 09-Aug
St Martin Town Guernsey 08-Aug
St Saviour Town Jersey 01-Aug
Evington Urban Community East Midlands 10-Aug
Gogarth (Llandudno) Urban Community Wales 12-Aug
Kippax Urban Community Yorkshire 11-Aug
Mancroft, The Lanes Urban Community Anglia 09-Aug
St George Urban Community South West 05-Aug
Walthamstow Village Urban Community London 08-Aug
Bellingham Village Northumbria 05-Aug
Castlecaulfield Village Ulster 08-Aug
Elswick Village North West 04-Aug
Fordham Village Anglia 02-Aug
Mathern with Pwllmeyric & Mounton Village Wales 01-Aug
Middleton by Wirksworth Village East Midlands 03-Aug






Improving St George Parks

There is a lot happening to improve parks & green spaces in St George this summer.

The work is aimed at addressing priorities set in the St George Neighbourhood Plan. Some of this has been funded directly by Bristol Parks and some through grants raised by park groups with the support of St George NP.

Meadow Vale

MVpathPath – The entrance at the Speedwell Road was improved earlier in the year and work is now underway to upgrade the narrow and cracking footpath that leads across the space. This is being funded from Bristol Parks Access Fund.

Play Area – Working with a fundraiser paid for by St George NP, Meadow Vale Community Association have raised funding for a new play area, work on this will start shortly.

Plummers Hill

Following the tree planting, new entrance and new bench that were installed in the spring, further works are planned to improve the paths later in the summer. This is being funded from Bristol Parks Access Fund.

Gladstone Street Park

St George NP allocated Section 106 money to remove the redundant safety surfacing in this space (from an old play area) and this has now been done along with work funded by the Bristol Parks Access Fund to improve the paths across the space.

Friends of Gladstone Street Park are planning events and more improvements for the future.

Dundridge Park

DundridgePlay1With match funding from St George NP and the help of our fundraiser, Friends of Dundridge Park have raised funds for three projects in the park. A new path is now in place to the play area and work is about to start on the ‘Path to Nature’ to link the pavilion area to the woodland path to Conham. The plans for the expanded play area are also now in place with work due to start in the Autumn.

For the latest news from Dundridge Park see their facebook group.

St George Park

StGparkClosedPlay Area – Work is currently in progress to replace the safety surfacing – unfortunately this is taking longer than expected due to the Dragon head needing to be rebuilt and parts that are needed taking a longer time to arrive than expected. The current date for completion of this work is 29th July 3rd August. This work is being funded by Bristol Parks Play fund and is part of a programme of work to address issues at play areas throughout Bristol.

Update from Bristol Parks 28th July:

Further delays are being experienced due to the wet weather: – With the replacement safety surfacing being a ‘carpet based’ surface and this requiring bonding with a special adapted iron on site, wet weather has caused a delay, as we can only lay this safety surfacing in dry weather. We are hopeful that all the swings will be available from Friday 29th July but this is weather dependant. The Dragon’s Head will re-open next week but the seesaw and new spinner are still awaiting new parts to arrive. We expect the Seesaw parts to be with us by 15th August and the replacement spinner/roundabout parts to be with us at the start of September.

Lake – part of the path around the lake is currently fenced off due the wall at the edge of the lake collapsing and there are large voids under parts of the path. Further investigation works are planned for the next few weeks to establish the extent of the problem. The work to repair this will need the lake to be at least partly drained and so cannot be carried during the summer because of the disturbance to wildlife. Once the investigation works are complete Bristol Parks will put together a plan for the repair works.

Troopers Hill Field

Wicksteed3DaWork on the new play area for Troopers Hill Field will start soon. Funding for this has been raised by Friends of Troopers Hill with match funding from St George NP. The NP has also given funding for a celebration event once the works are complete.

Full details of the project are at

new bpf logo with text 2A full list of investment projects in parks across Bristol can be downloaded from the Bristol Parks Forum website.