Grants for Community Groups

Established over 25 years ago, Avon Gardens Trust is part of a national network of county gardens trusts.

Besides having a particular interest in the conservation and enjoyment of historic gardens and public parks, county gardens trusts are also keen to promote the importance of outdoor community spirit  through the development of gardens in communal spaces.

Avon Gardens Trust is keen to encourage communities in our area develop their local area communal spaces. Applications are invited from communities for small grants to help them purchase plants or gardening equipment.

Grant application form for community groups

Bev Knott, Chairman of Friends of Bishop’s Knoll Wood, with a new information board featuring AGT logo
Bev Knott, Chairman of Friends of Bishop’s Knoll Wood, with a new information board featuring AGT logo

Previous Community Grants

Activities, Bluebells and Primroses – May Day at Tortworth Forest Centre

Many families came to Torthworth Forest Centre’s Arbor Fest Day on 1st May. So much hard work during the winter had achieved a transformation since I was there last summer. A year ago what had been impenetrable scrub below trees now had a cleared path to walk through and one can begin to see the shape of the original layout of the arboretum. I reached an amazing old goat willow its branches spread out along…

Tortworth Forest Centre – August 2015

Tortworth Forest Centre is a 20 acre woodland with a rich and fascinating history that has become overgrown over the last decade. It forms part of the arboretum of Tortworth Court and was a wonder of its day, considered in the 1890s to be one of the top arboreta in the country. Its collection of over 300 rare and champion trees hosts an amazing ecosystem of birds, bats, butterflies and other insects. The new owner…

Dry Arch Growers – August 2015

In January we told you about Fifty Apples Trees and a Wassail. I have recently visited Dry Arch Growers in Bathampton to see how they have fared over the summer. On a very wet Sunday morning I met up with volunteers and we walked round the site, up by the rows of young apples trees to which we contributed; they have taken well and look healthy. They are now fenced in to protect them from…

Community Space Challenge

On a sunny spring day in April, Cynthia Troup, Education Co-ordinator for Avon Gardens Trust, handed over a cheque for £500 to Ben Carpenter for the Community Space Challenge. The donation will to go towards the building and filling of five raised beds at the Springfield Allotments in Knowle West in Bristol. Working with the local south Bristol primary schools, Ben runs a Forest School with a programme where children spend half their time learning…

Dry Arch Growers – Fifty Apple Trees and a Wassail

A blowy January morning in Bathampton at the Dry Arch Growers site saw a large gathering of volunteers to plant young apple trees with a wassail in the afternoon to drive out the evil spirits and encourage good fortune. Hard work by many people had the trees planted by early afternoon, well staked, fed and happy in their new location. These new trees join some four year old apples planted for the local primary school…

Shire Greens and the Daisy Field

Shire Greens form part of the Shirehampton Community Action Forum, an overarching body which provides communication facilities for community projects. Shire Greens have planted and are looking after a community orchard on the Daisy Field near Shirehampton station. Winter is the time to prune pears and apples so on a Saturday morning early in December neighbours gathered to set about the pruning under instruction from an expert. During 2015 Shire Greens had applied to Avon…

The Carers’ Centre, Bath

Many people of all ages may find themselves the unpaid carer for someone who needs extra support day to day, from children looking after a parent with a disability to an elderly couple where one partner is the carer for the other. The Carers’ Centre helps carers who live in Bath and North East Somerset. They provide information and advice, breaks from caring and emotional support together with personal development, support into work and a…

Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group – Autumn 2014

We gave a ‘helping hand’ to the Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group (HHEAG) by providing a new cover for one of their poly tunnels. On the appointed sunny morning I turned up at the allotment site as a volunteer to meet a dozen people, all connected with running HHEAG. Led by Sue Walker together with the leader of their allotment gardening and under the instruction of an expert, we were soon issued with spades…

Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group – Summer 2014

We are delighted to give support to community groups in the form of a modest grant. Hartcliffe Health & Environment Action Group is a charity based at the Gatehouse Centre in the Dundry View area of South Bristol. Established for 24 years, the group works to improve the health, wellbeing and environment of local people. They aim to achieve this by providing a range of services and activities for residents. All projects are led by…

Dry Arch Growers

We are delighted to give support to community groups in the form of a modest grant. Dry Arch Growers are a Bathampton Community Co-operative registered as an Industrial Provident Society. They comprise a group of people from Bathampton and surrounding areas whose aim is to manage back to useful life a six acre site which was, until twenty years ago, a market garden, for the benefit of the local community. Situated in an area of…

Bristol Walled Garden Project Update

The Walled Garden Project at the old St Luke’s Vicarage in Barton Hill, Bristol is a community garden. In 2013 they applied to the Avon Gardens Trust for funding to create a Herb Garden within the space. Local residents come together to cultivate the garden with vegetables and fruit. Open days with community activities and delicious food are popular. Impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the leaders, the Avon Gardens Trust were please…