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Awards for local green spaces 

Main image: Garden Co-ordinator Jan Sanger (left) and Head Gardener Louise Matthews at Redcatch Community Garden with their RHS and South West in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood award. Picture Redcatch Community Garden.

Groups working hard to maintain and preserve green spaces across the area have been recognised for their achievements with a string of awards. 

Both Redcatch Community Garden and Bramble Farm, a smallholding on the Northern Slopes, received Level 5 Outstanding in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the South West in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood awards. 

The Northern Slopes – a nature reserve stretching across Knowle and Bedminster looked after by volunteers – received a Level 4 Thriving, along with Parson Street Railway Station. 

The Northern Slopes nature reserve which is maintained by volunteers received a Level 4 Thriving.

Other winners in the South Bristol area were Manor Woods Valley Group  and Stockwood Growing Together which also won a Level 5 and Friends of Brislington Brook who were awarded a Level 4. 

Redcatch Community Garden grows and sells produce which is also used in its Roots Café and runs many wellbeing courses and food events on the site. 

Founder Kate Swain said: “We are super pleased and proud to receive this especially as our entry focused on us using sustainable growing techniques and encouraging everyone in our community to give growing a try – and enjoy and encourage the benefits of being outside!”