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

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