News from Avon Gardens Trust

The latest news and updates from AGT.

Lunchtime Talk: Broad Meadow

Lunchtime Talk: Broad Meadow Fri 7 Jun 1pm – 2pm, Pervasive Media Studio Event Space and YouTube Live PMS resident & artist Sylvia Rimat and collaborating artist & gardener Charli Clark will be talking about their free wildflower installation and audio experience ‘Broad Meadow’, which is taking place in Broadmead Bristol from Fri 24th May until Thu 20th June 2024. The work will launch as part of Mayfest 2024 and also feature as part of Festival …

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Kings Weston Bridge reinstated

The Grade II listen cast iron bridge that links Blaise Castle estate and Kings Weston has been reinstated. Damaged in 2015, it was again struck by a vehicle in 2018 causing closure and necessitating major repair. After much consultation and planning requirements- in which Avon Gardens Trust had a healthy input – work commenced late last year. The bridge has been raised 1 metre in height and steps instigated to prevent repetition of over-height vehicle …

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William Champion’s Garden Website

Statue of Neptune at William Champion garden at Warmley

William Champion’s Garden in Warmley, South Gloucestershire, was created by the 18th century industrialist and Quaker William Champion. It is designated Grade II on the UK Parks & Gardens Register (at risk) and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, together with Champion’s brass mill, which houses Kingswood Heritage Museum, and his original pin factory, known as the Clock Tower. It is owned by South Gloucestershire Council. A Friends group was established in 2020 with Kay Ross …

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AGT Book Library

Following a query on donations of Garden History Books, Avon Gardens Trust have created a loan library based at the Create Centre in Bristol Books may be borrowed by prior arrangement for any length of time. The aim is to develop this library in order that researchers and interested parties may browse books that would normally be an expensive purchase – or out of print. A full list of publications available can be viewed AGT Book …

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Clifton & Hotwells Open Gardens

Clifton & Hotwells Open Gardens 10th Anniversary  8th & 9th June 2024. Visitors will again have access to more than 20 communal gardens & squares which are mostly private, with a variety of refreshments and entertainment. There are a mixture of formal gardens, woodland & wild gardens. There will be talks, conducted tours, a tree trail, and singing with local choirs. Tickets £8 from Eventbrite, or £7 on the day

Garden History Research Day

In Conjunction with neighbouring County Gardens Trusts, we are holding a Garden History Research Day on Tuesday 23rd April 2024 at the History Centre, Chippenham This day is free and open to any of our members who would like to learn how to research garden history with Avon Gardens Trust. No experience is necessary. We will have a number of speakers as well as being shown documents from the archives. We are sharing the Research …

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Keynsham Girls Brigade

Avon Gardens Trust gave the Keynsham Girls Brigade a grant towards their gardening skills. This wonderful thank you note was accompanied by photographs of their work – See here in pdf Some of the pots that the girls planted up for local Care Homes and for individuals who are unwell or lonely. Also a couple of ‘Thank You’ cards. The girls really enjoyed planting a variety of bulbs and flowers – it increased their love and …

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Greening the High Street Grant

Community groups and organisations can apply for up to £4,000 for new planting schemes for their high street or local shopping area. Adding planting can improve an area’s character and attractiveness which can benefit local residents, visitors and businesses. They also create shelter and habitats for nature and can help improve local air quality. We are keen to support innovative schemes that respond to our changing climate. Priority will be given to applications in or …

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Kingswood Park – Gardening workshops

November Gardening workshops will be running from 1pm to 3pm on the following dates. The workshops are free and are open to anyone who would like to learn more about gardening. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. No need to book, just turn up! Meet at the bandstand at Kingswood Park. Wednesday 22 November – Winter Maintenance in the community garden We have a range of tasks to prepare the community garden …

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New workshops at the Urban Garden, Bath.

The Urban garden in Bath are hosting a series of workshop this Autumn. They are being held at the back of their beautiful glasshouse in Victoria Park, Bath. Have a look at what is on offer! It’s a great way to support local social enterprise and you get 10% off on all items bought on the day. For booking take a look at their website