In 2014 £10,000 was allocated to the St George Neighbourhood to allocate to local projects. This was advertised with the decisions being made at the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on 17th December, 2014.
It had been agreed by the Neighbourhood Partnership at their September meeting that any unallocated Green Capital funding would be used for a Green Mapping project which would not only promote access to St George’s green spaces but also if, funding permitted, include improvements to their accessibility.
The applications were reviewed by the Wellbeing sub-group prior to the meeting and their recommendations included in the notes of the meeting. The total of funding requested in applications came to more than double the amount available.
A further £10,000 was allocated to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership after the meeting of the Wellbeing sub-group but before the meeting of the Neighbourhood Partnership.
The following grants were agreed by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership on 17th December, 2014:
a) £2,871 for Friends of St George Park to to commission a management plan (£1,746) to be written for St GeorgePark and funding for associated consultation and work to meet the recommendations of the management plan.
b) £2,023 to fund 13 walks across St George, some with specialist leaders and to fund a craft or similar family activity in Dundridge Park. Friends of Troopers Hill, Friends of St George Park and Friends of Dundridge Park will be participating in providing the walks and sourcing experts where necessary.
c) £2,100 for the Soil Association to pay for marquee hire (£1,200) and volunteer support and training as part of the Big Picnic aimed at involving Summerhill Infants, Summerhill Academy, Two Mile Hill Primary and Air Balloon Hill Primary schools in growing projects. There will be workshops and demonstration station to engage pupils in growing and cooking.
d) £900 for the Redfest orgaisation for solar power and production for a stage and tents at next year’s Redfest which will have a theme of “Redfest Goes Green” aimed at increasing knowledge of the environment, people’s impact on it and encouraging recycling
e) £1,535 to the Haven organisation pay for gardening and woodworking equipment, web space and an open day event. The Haven is a 1.3 acre site providing a communal garden and relaxation spaces open to adults with issues surrounding mental health and/or alcohol and substance misuse.
f) £500 for the architect’s fee to include a vertical garden in the design to convert an industrial building into community-owned, affordable housing in Battens Lane.
This left £838.50 to be spent on the Green Mapping project from the first £10,000 of Green Capital Funding.
Two applications were rejected but it was agreed that the applicants be invited to re-apply for the additional Green Capital funding by 12th January 2015 with the decision to be made at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting of 25th March 2015.
The two applications were from:
a) Summerhill Infants School for £5,000 to redesign the school’s allotment area (£4,500) which is currently contaminated with glass and to supply seeds, tools, etc.
b) Protect a Pup for £4,868,88 to provide low cost/free dog
neutering or spaying (£3,500) and set up information stalls and distribute leaflets and dog waste bags to encourage responsible dog ownership.
By 25th March, 2015, Summerhill Infants School made no reply to questions raised at and prior to the December meeting so this application was not taken forward.
The Protect a Pup application was discussed in some detail at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting of 25th March, 2015 and a majority vote of Neighbourhood Partnership members decided that a grant would not be made.
The Partnership agreed that the remaining funds, £10,838.50, would be allocated to the Bristol East Green Map project which aims to improve walking routes and access to green spaces.