News from Avon Gardens Trust

The latest news and updates from AGT.

The Elms, Nailsea – a lost garden

Edwardian garden, The Elms, Elms Colliery

Avon Gardens Trust is working closely with the Heritage Team at North Somerset Council to remove The Elms Colliery, also known as Middle Engine Pit, in Nailsea, from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register. The site is on the Register due to the risk of vandalism and further decay and the Council, who own the site, now want to restore the site so that the public can access the site. Middle Engine Pit dates to …

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Avon Gardens Trust Events in 2019

Halswell House and Park

We are pleased to confirm our events for 2019. Full details will be published shortly. All will include a guided tour and refreshments. Wednesday 13 February, a visit to Ston Easton Park, Ston Easton nr Bath @ 2pm. We will be guided on a walk around the Repton landscape and walled garden by the Head gardener. This is the only surviving Repton landscape in Somerset and samples of the Red Book will be available to …

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2018 December Newsletter

cover of the 2018 December Newsletter

Our December Newsletter is now published and can be viewed in the following link. Our Bulletins have been renamed ‘Newsletter’ that more accurately reflects its content. Our Journal, containing more technical aspects of our historical research continues to be published on a less frequent basis as papers become available.  

Autumn Colours of South Kelding

Autumn colours at South kelding

A garden visit on 20th October 2018 at 2pm South Kelding in Upton Cheyney is a young 7 acre garden set on a hillside with stunning panoramic views from its upper levels. There are herbaceous and shrub beds, prairie-style scree beds, orchard, native copses and a small arboretum grouped by continents. Beyond the arboretum lie a large wildlife pond and a boundary stream which runs through woodland featuring shade and moisture-loving plants. Autumn colour features …

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AGM and Talk

Caradoc Doy

Saturday 6 October 2018, 1.30pm at The Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9DP. A talk by Caradoc Doy followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Avon Gardens Trust Light buffet and refreshments will be served between the talk and AGM. Free for members of Avon Gardens Trust (but booking essential); £5 for guests Please confirm your attendance by email – [email protected]  

St John’s Church of England Primary School

Ideas for a school garden

The school moved to its present site in 1960 and now caters for over 240 pupils. Once known as Keynsham Parochial School, the school was founded in 1857, making it the oldest educational institution in Keynsham. In April, the school applied to the Trust for a grant towards the creation of a Spiritual Garden designed by the pupils around a Friendship Bench. Both the bench and the gardens were in memory of a former pupil …

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IntoUniversity

Growing at IntoUniversity

IntoUniversity is based at The Withywood Centre in South Bristol where they work with a range of schools to support students with their education. One of the most effective programs run is the Academic Support afterschool club held on Tuesdays and Wednesday for primary school pupils. Their application was for a tumbling composter which besides helping to tidy up the site would also help enrich the soil. The Trust was delighted to award £100 to …

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Primary School Grants in 2018

Learning at IntoUniversity

Primary School Grants in 2018 This year, Avon Gardens Trust has been delighted to award four grants totalling £700 to schools in our area – two in South Gloucestershire, one in Bristol and one in Bath and North East Somerset. Although we usually encourage grant applications from primary schools only, this year we made an exception as we were so impressed by the achievements of a secondary school in our area.

Tortworth Forest Centre

Rug making craft at Tortworth April 2018

TORTWORTH FOREST CENTRE – AN UPDATE Grey clouds for their April Open Day did not deter families, especially those with young children, from coming out to enjoy the space. Space with activities, forest trails, the goats to talk to and a big cook pot with a delicious stew cooking on the camp fire. Rebecca Cork and her helpers had put together a fun day. Dating from the 1890s Tortworth it is an important heritage site. …

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Blaise Community Garden

Victorian Greenouse in 2013

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 …

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