Awards for local green spaces

Members of the Green Gym on the Northern Slopes with their award certificate. L to r Caroline, Eddy, Julia, Caroline, Barney and Tim with Ollie the dog.

Local groups and organisations have scooped awards in this year’s RHS South West in Bloom awards for their green spaces.

The results for the seven local entrants in the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme were:

Northern Slopes – Level 5 Outstanding

Let’s Grow Community Allotment – Level 5 Outstanding

Andy’s Haven – Level 5 Outstanding

Bramble Farm – Level 4 Thriving

Parson Street Railway Station – Level 2 Improving

Friends of Redcatch Park – Level 5 Outstanding

Community of Perrett’s Park – Level 5 Outstanding

The Northern Slopes Initiative (NSI) a group of volunteers which manages the Slopes said they were delighted to win an Outstanding for the first time.

NSI Chair Bob Franks said: “We’re over the moon. It shows the hard work of all the volunteers, in particular the Green Gym which meets on Thursdays and keeps it going.”

Julia Tutton from the Green Gym said: “Whilst we get pleasure and enjoy our weekly volunteering sessions, this ‘Outstanding’ award gives us a great sense of achievement.

“Our input is appreciated by many in the community and has now been formally recognised on a national level…”

Members meet every Thursday morning and recent work has included making benches from the fallen branches of trees.

Anyone wishing to join the group can meet them on a Thursday at 10.15am at the entrance to the Northern Slopes next to 105 Wedmore Road.  No need to book – just turn up.