Education & Communities

The Trust is keen to encourage local community groups and primary schools.

We offer small grants to local community groups aiming to raise awareness of the rich garden and park heritage in our area by helping these groups. These grants help with the buying of plants and equipment; it enables individuals to get fully involved in community projects.

We also offer grants to help teachers and their pupils to think of their school grounds as a learning environment. Since 2010 the Trust has made small grants to 56 primary schools in the Avon area to create flower and vegetable gardens or with the purchase of gardening equipment.

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AGT Education Officer Cynthia Troup presents a cheque to Ben Carpenter from Community Space Challenge (photo: Andrew Troup)
AGT Education Officer Cynthia Troup presents a cheque to Ben Carpenter from Community Space Challenge (photo: Andrew Troup)

Education & Communities News

An Award Winning Community Walled Garden in Bristol

Tucked away behind the Georgian facade of the old St. Luke’s Vicarage on the corner of Queen Anne Road in Barton Hill lies a spacious, historic walled garden in the area of the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Temple or Holy Cross. Dearly loved and beautifully laid out in earlier times, it had become neglected. Rather than the property being put on the open market, Dr Chris Sunderland of Agora, a charitable organisation which works to…

Primary School Grants in 2011-2012 Academic Year

This year, following close liaison with the Healthy Schools Co-ordinators in our four unitary authorities, Avon Gardens Trust invited primary schools to apply for small grants that would help to enhance their school gardening projects. Of the seven schools who applied, two were from Bristol, one from Bath, three from North Somerset and one from a village in South Gloucestershire. All the schools had active gardening clubs most of which met on a weekly basis….

Trees for St Michael’s Junior School, Bath

von Gardens Trust Chair, Ros Delany lends a hand at St Michael's Junior School, Bath

St Michael’s Junior School in Twerton, Bath, was one of the primary schools that received a small grant from Avon Gardens Trust in early 2012 to go towards improving their school grounds. I was delighted to receive an invitation to visit the school to meet members of the Green Fingers Club and to plant one of the trees that the school had purchased with the grant money. On a wet day in early July that…