Education & Communities

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

We offer small grants to local community groups in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset 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 this former Avon area (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) to create flower and vegetable gardens or with the purchase of gardening equipment.

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Education & Communities News

Primary School Grants in 2013-2014 Academic Year

Cynthia with children and their crop of potatoes at Freshford Primary School

As a new member of the committee, I have taken on the responsibility of Education. A retired primary teacher, I taught in various Bristol primaries but mainly Victoria Park, Bedminster; Gay Elms, Withywood and finally All Hallows Preparatory, Cranmore. This year, I have loved visiting three of the primaries that had benefited from our grants, and I feel very enthusiastic about facilitating and supporting gardening in schools. Especially impressive was Paulton Primary School, where a…

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…

Primary School Grants in 2012-2013 Academic Year

In this last academic year, we received applications for a small grant towards gardens from eight schools within Avon. Two of the schools were from Bath and North East Somerset and six were from North Somerset. All these schools received a grant of £25 per school. Following the Annual General Meeting in July, it was proposed, seconded and agreed by the members present that the amount given to each successful school in the future would…

A Peace Garden in Barton Hill, Bristol – Bringing communities together

Representatives from the Somali Resource Centre receiving a cheque as a contribution for fruit trees in the Peace Garden in front of the community mosque in Barton Hill

Belying the summer to come, on a cold and grey June day a cheque was handed over to representatives from the Somali Resource Centre and the charity Agora ( in front of the Peace Garden on the forecourt of the inclusive community Mosque in Barton Hill. Our visit to the Somali Resource Centre at the Barton Hill Settlement in November 2012 and subsequently meeting a representative from Agora had led on to their initial application…

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…