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It’s gold for Knowle West green spaces

A group of local organisations across the Knowle area have scooped a number of awards for their community spaces and gardens.
Five groups, a business park and a children’s centre entered the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) South West in Bloom Pennant Scheme as “Knowle West Community Spaces” and achieved a Gold – topping last year’s Silver Gilt.

They were:

  • Knowle West Health Association’s (KWHA) Let’s Grow Community Garden and Allotment
  • Andy’s Haven at The Park
  • The Northern Slopes Initiative  (NSI)
  • Knowle West Childrens Centre (KWCC)
  • Filwood Green Business Park
  • Community of Perritts Park
  • Friends of Redcatch Park

Judges were impressed during their tour of all the community spaces in the summer for the Pennant Scheme.

Their report stated:  “A well planned tour, taking in a variety of projects linked together in the community.

“These serve to enhance and make the best use of open spaces and parks to the benefit of all residents, and to educate from an early age about how health can be improved by outdoor activity and growing/eating local fruit and vegetables…”

Several local groups also won individual awards in the RHS  It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme.

Knowle West’s Let’s Grow,  Andy’s Haven and Bramble Farm all achieved Outstanding as did two local parks, Perritts and Redcatch. The NSI was awarded a Thriving and KWCC Developing.

Steve Giffiths, Community Gardener at Let’s Grow who organised the Pennant Tour said: “Last year Knowle West Health Association (KWHA) was part of the Pennant Scheme group for the very first time, and in our first year we achieved a Silver Gilt award.

“This year we entered once again, the KWHA Allotment Coordinator Jessica Fish and myself… showing the judges around all sites entered into this joint award, We were very pleased to achieve the Gold award this time around as well as the level 5 Outstanding award for our Springfield Allotment ‘Lets grow’ project.

“This proves that Knowle West has some of the best green spaces and sites in Bristol.”