Three Knowle West gardening projects and a conservation group have received Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood awards for their achievements.
The Edible Landscapes Movement (ELM) and Bramble Farm Community Smallholding both received a ‘Level 4 award – Thriving’. Knowle West Health Association (KWHA) Let’s Grow Community Allotment, which entered for the first time, received a ‘Level 3 – Developing’. The Northern Slopes Initiative – a group of people looking to conserve and enhance their local open space – also scooped a Level 4. The awards were assessed on community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.
They were presented to the groups by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Faruk Choudhury, at the Mansion House at the end of October. Andy Moseley from Andy’s Haven Nursery at The Park, which is part of ELM, said he was delighted that every year they were achieving a higher level. He explained: “It’s because we have cleared the place up, we have got new fencing, new livestock and we are hoping to build a new path so wheelchair users can have access.”
The new livestock includes 80 hens, 11 ducks and three geese as well as ten bantums and the popular turkey Kurk. Andy said: “Five years ago this site was a scrapyard, full of bricks, paving slabs, metal and pallets. We’ve come a long way since then…” KWHA Community Development Worker Jay Croney said:
“It’s the first time Let’s Grow Community Allotment has been put forward for an award. We’ve been going since April 2012 and the land was almost wasteland.” The allotment has chickens and lambs on its site and sells produce at cheaper rates to the community. It is now looking to build an outdoor shelter with teaching space and kitchen to develop its “Plot to Plate” growing and cooking sessions.