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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.

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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

Support Dundridge Park

Following the news of grant from SITA Trust for the play area in Dundridge Park that was announced last month there is more good news to report – and you can help make it even better!

Img_0057Friends Of Dundridge Park have been chosen as one of the three projects in this region’s public vote for the Tesco Bags of Help initiative administered by Groundwork.

The project is to build a new path to the proposed new play area that will be suitable for all including push chairs, buggies and mobility scooters.

The public vote in local Tesco stores runs from 27 February until 6 March and will decide whether Dundridge will receive the £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 award. All local Tesco Stores that show the Bags Of Help logo will be taking part including Metro and Express stores.

2016_0219_124633Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme will see 3 community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across England and Wales awarded grants all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Please encourage friends and family to vote in Tesco’s to support the Dundridge Park project and share on social media outlets such as Twitter using the hashtag #BagsofHelp

BUT the good news does not stop there…

Friends of Dundridge Park have also been awarded a grant of £33,511 from Cory Environmental Trust for a Wildlife Path to link the pavilion to the deer path.

AND Cory Environmental Trust have also awarded a grant for play facilities in Meadow Vale, look out for more news about that soon.

These grants have all been secured through Friends of Dundridge Park and Meadow Vale Community Association working with a fundraiser paid for by St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

Blooming successes for St George and a funding opportunity

Representatives of volunteer groups from across Bristol who had taken part in this year’s South West in Bloom and the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” scheme were invited to the Mansion House this Monday to receive their awards from the Lord Mayor.  St George was represented by Friends of St George Park,








Friends of Troopers Hill and









Kensington Rd Residents Association.








They were delighted with the success of their neighbours in the nearby Greater Fishponds Neighbourhood Partnership.

More information here.

If you are involved with a gardening group and interested in peat free growing look out for a new grant in January.  Details here.

Money granted to local projects – 17/9/2013

All 4 applications made for funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund were granted tonight.

They were:

£1,400 to the 159th Brunel Scouts to improve parking on their site on Fir Tree Lane and prevent cars going beyond the parking area.  They will also install improved fencing to prevent dog fouling and litter.  Costs are for gating, weed control membrane, stone chippings and fencing.  Labour will be carried out by volunteers.

£972.06 to Linkage in partnership with the Bristol and Anchor Almshouse Charity to provide a public address system to enable speakers to be heard properly at events in the hall at the Beehive Centre in Stretford Rd.  The amount also includes the cost of 4 lightweight folding tables to replace the existing, heavy and unsafe tables that are currently used.

£874 to St Aidans with St George to replace the lighting in their church hall.  The current lighting is not energy efficient and lamp tubes need regular replacement.  LED flood lighting will reduce running costs and thus keep costs low for groups hiring the hall.  These hirers include a badminton group, scouts, cubs, beavers and many others.  Payback on investment is expected within 2 years.

£650 to Friends of Troopers Hill to fund a number of special walks, ideally one per quarter.  These walks would include an expert guide and/or transport to places that are harder to reach from St George.  These special walks are to encourage walkers to continue to attend and attract new walkers.  In common with all their walks there will be a charge for each person attending the walk of £2 to cover the group’s running costs.  Wellbeing funding does not cover running costs.

To find out how your group could apply for Wellbeing funding visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/

Two grants, 1 closing date – 22nd July 2013

Do you have a good idea  that would make life better for people living in St George?

If you are part of a group there are two local grant schemes, one offering up to £5,000, the other £2,500.  The closing date for applications for this current round of both schemes is  Monday 22nd July.  No applications will be considered after that date.

Find out about dates for future funding rounds and  more about the schemes by visiting http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/ or

Don’t know which fund is best for you?  Talk to the contacts given on those websites.  Details are also given of when the funding decision will be made and how soon payment will follow.  Look at the lists of the many groups and their projects who have already used the funds to make a difference in St George.  We hope your group’s name will soon be one or even both of those lists.


Time to think about grant applications

Do you have a good idea for a project that would benefit St George and the people living there?  The next closing date for applications for grants from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund is Monday, 22nd July.

Application forms and guidance notes are on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/apply/

The Well Being Sub-Group is a group of local residents or members of community groups of St George who have volunteered to review grant applications to the St George Wellbeing Fund.  We ask questions about the applications, sometimes do our own research into the application and assess how closely the application meets the priorities for St George.  We currently have 4 vacancies and would welcome your help.  You can find out more about our group and what we do on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups/wellbeing/.

We would like to thank Rob Acton-Campbell who has recently resigned as a member of the sub-group due to the additional duties he has recently taken on for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership. We will miss him.



Next closing date for Community First grants

The next closing date for applying for funding from the St George West Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund Programme is midday on Monday 11th February.

The St George West Community First Panel has sent individual emails to a list of local organisations to remind them of this date and to ask 5 simple questions needed to complete the St George West Community First plan.

Please check this list and contact stgeorge.bristol@hotmail.co.uk if you think there are any groups missing from the list that could use a grant to benefit the people and area of St George West (map).

Please read the draft St George West Community First plan and give your feedback.  This plan will influence the way Community First funding is allocated for the next two years and may also be used as a guide for spending other funding.