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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.

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

Help make a difference to YOUR neighbourhood

make a difference

Local people can influence decisions on all these areas and more.  One way of doing this is to join a St George Neighbourhood Partnership subgroup.  Why not come along to one or more of the subgroup meetings and seeing what they do.

Here’s a quick summary of what each subgroup does.

A list of the meeting dates and venues for all the subgroups is on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings.

For more details about each subgroup and what they do please visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups

Come and add your voice, opinions and help to those of  us doing it already.  You will be made very welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

Money for small fixes to walking and cycling routes – have your say

We have received this message from Dr Suzanne Audrey of Bristol University:

Bristol City Council has some money to make small improvements to walking and cycling routes. Fixing small things can make a big difference – bugbears are the small irritating things that hinder your cycling and walking through Bristol. It could be roads that could be made safer, missing signage, overgrown paths, uneven surfaces, obstacles or potholes.

See the Bugbears website: https://bristolbugbears.commonplace.is/

Use the slider to indicate how critical the issues are for you.

The current funding does not include bigger projects like new pathways, but if you mention these they will gather them for future bids.

Report an issue

You can add as many issues as you like. Bristol City Council will frequently review all comments and at the end of July, 2016, will create a list of priorities based on your feedback. As they get to work, they will keep you updated to let you know how they are getting on.

best wishes

Suzanne

Dr Suzanne Audrey
Senior Research Fellow
Principal Investigator, Travel to Work randomised controlled trial

Please note, my usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

School of Social and Community Medicine
Canynge Hall
Whatley Road
Bristol BS8 2PS

Telephone: 0117 928 7273

Email: Suzanne.audrey@bristol.ac.uk

Webpage: http://www.bris.ac.uk/social-community-medicine/people/suzanne-audrey/index.html

You Said – We Did – May 2016

Every quarter there is a Neighbourhood Forum meeting open to all residents of St George to bring local issues to council officers and police.  An action tracker is kept of the issues raised at the each meeting and a record kept of what has been done about them.

Philip Bird, champion of the Communications subgroup, chaired this meeting.

Different speakers are invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood.  These were:

i) Libraries – Denis Wise

Denis is the Library Development Officer for east Bristol.  He described how a swipe card system will be introduced to St George Library  to allow access to the library outside opening hours.

Work needs to be done to St George Library before the swipe card system can be introduced, this will include CCTV, alarms, lights, doors and locks, reviewing fire exits and supplying an emergency phone.  Care will be taken to make sure the library in safe for all users, including those with special needs.

People who wish to use the library outside opening hours will need to request the service and will be given a second pin code to use with their card.   They will be given a short training session on how to access the library.

When using the library in this way people will need to use their card to carry out the services that are already available at the library, such as returning or borrowing books.  Staff will be happy to show people how to use these services if they are not already using them.

Access will NOT be 24 hours a day.  Shutters will be raised and closed at advertised times.  If people ignore signals that the library is closing alarms will sound and security will be alerted.

ii) Neighbourhood Charter –  Gill Calloway

Gill announced the publication of the Neighbourhood Charter, defining the services provided by Bristol City Council and including expected response times for certain services.

Gill is the Neighbourhood Officer for St George and announced that she now has a Facebook page for her role.

She encouraged everyone to be involved in St George in Bloom and asked for word to be spread about the free training available in St George Library on Thursday 19th May.

learn at the library

iii)   Bruce Yates – Local resident

Bruce is interested in setting up a planning sub-group within the St George Neighbourhood Forum.  He invited people to contact him during the break at the meeting.  If you are interested in contacting Bruce about this please contact Abdulrazak Dahir on 0117 903 6409 or email abbulrazak.dahir@bristol.gov.uk.

iv) Neighbourhood Policing Team – Matt Clement

Matt reported an increase in theft from sheds.  The team do have a supply of alarmed padlocks, contact the Neighbourhood Policing team on 101 if you would like to have one.  There is a news item on this subject on the Avon and Somerset Police website which includes advice about securing your shed.

Compared with last year there have been increases in shoplifting, the Co-op on Church Rd has been experiencing this issue.  Violence against persons has increase, as has theft from motor vehicle rising from 134 to 244, an increase of 82%.  25 bicycles have been stolen this year.  These figures not only include St George but also Fishponds.

Matt reminded the audience about the Impact scheme where released offenders are managed and monitored.  More about Impact here.

He also gave advice about home security including not making your possessions visible from outside your home and the type of locks and their positioning that works best.  There is more information on the police website.

The meeting then broke up for 25 minutes so different issues could be raised at tables for different subjects around the hall.

Issues Raised

a) Environment

Lack of volunteers supporting Rodney Rd Open space.  John Hooper would very much like to establish a friends group for the site.
Chicane and fencing on Rodney Rd.
A promised community noticeboard has not yet been installed in Rodney Rd Open space
Rubbish near Freshland Rd.
Fence on side of Freshland Way.

b) Traffic and Transport

Issues were raised about the traffic lights at the junction of Chalks Rd and Blackswarth Rd.

Parking issues related to new flats.  More double yellow lines were requested.

Vehicles for sale on double yellow lines.  For guidance on who deals with which parking issues please read this.  Gill Calloway reported that much good work had been done by Wayne Dewfall in Parking Services involving monitoring and clamping.

c) Police

Drug dealing on Soaphouse Lane (behind Howard Road).

After the break 3 of 4 newly elected councillors spoke briefly about their aims and views.  Fabian Breckels, councillor for St George Trooper Hill, was unable to be present due to work commitments.

a) Steve Pearce – St George Central

He will continue to do case work and will concentrate on extending the awareness of local people of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

b) Asher Craig – St George West

Asher spoke of the need to bring in all residents including those without internet access.  There is a need for published information.  She committed to acknowledging the receipt of issues within 24 hours.  She also spoke of changing Neighbourhood Partnerships to make them more open and transparent.

c) Nicola  Beech – St George Central

Nicola spoke of the way councillors will be working as a team for St George as a whole and not being parochial about their wards.

Some discusion was then led by Philip Bird about setting local Policing Priorities

Feedback from the audience was very clearly for addressing parking issues associated with local schools.

Diane Jones raised the issue that she was campaigning for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership to join the Bristol Walking Alliance.

Everyone was reminded that the next Traffic and Transport Subgroup meeting is next Tuesday, www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings, a good venue to discuss parking issues and solutions.

The action tracker will be published here soon to show how the previous period’s issues were addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk
Website: www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

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 www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/discover-east-bristol-2.

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