Blaise Community Garden
Avon Gardens Trust has made an award of £1,200 to help with the restoration of a Victorian greenhouse in Blaise Community Garden. This walled garden was originally the garden for Blaise House but since then had been used by several organisations including Bristol City Council to grow bedding plants and Cannington College teach students about horticulture. For ten years, the garden was in disuse but in 2013, the Friends of Blaise and Henbury Conservation Society were given permission to restore part of the garden to create a community kitchen garden.
Taken in 2013, the picture shows show the frame to the Victorian greenhouse had become entirely overgrown with vegetation. Over the next few years, the brambles and saplings were destroyed followed by the removal of the broken roof glass and the 40 rotten roof glazing bars. Currently, the structure has been covered for around four months to allow the structure to dry out to enable partial rebuild and preservation.
The award from the Trust in 2018 for the provision of 40 replacement roof glazing bars and a condensation channel will go ensure that this Victorian greenhouse is restored to its former glory.