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Environmental awards for area



A group of Knowle West organisations have won a string of community gardening awards.

Five local groups and a school entered the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) South West in Bloom Pennant Scheme as “Knowle West Community Spaces” – and achieved a Silver Gilt Award.

They were:

Knowle West Health Association’s (KWHA) Let’s Grow Community Allotments

Andy’s Haven at The Park

Ilminster Avenue School

The Northern Slopes Initiative (NSI)

Community of Perrett’s Park

Friends of Redcatch Park

Several of the groups also won individual awards in the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme:  Let’s Grow, Andy’s Haven, Bramble Farm, Friends of Redcatch Park and Community of Perrett’s Park gained “Outstanding” and the NSI “Thriving”.

Let’s Grow – awarded the South West’s Best It’s Your Neighbourhood Award last year – was nominated for the 2015 RHS National Finals and achieved a National Certificate of Distinction.

Steve Griffiths from Let’s Grow based at Springfield Allotments said: “I was asked by the South West in Bloom to get a group together as well as the individual awards to show that Knowle is a brilliant place…”

Steve scoops second award

Knowle West gardener Steve Griffiths has just scooped a Bristol Evening Post Gold Star in the Environmental category for his work at Springfield Allotments.

It’s the second individual award for Steve this year – following his BBC Radio Bristol Food Hero Award in April.

Steve (46), Head Gardener for Knowle West Health Association’s Let’s Grow Community Allotments says:  “I just do what I love but it’s nice to get recognised.”