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14 December 2013:

Councillor Alan McMurray unveiled a stone that celebrates the fact that our local Horticultural Society celebrated 150 years since its inception in 1863 Jubilee bed stone - click to enlarge– no mean feat! The stone looks good in its setting in our Jubilee garden alongside the public library.

29 October 2013:

An Interpretation Board describing the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Light Railway was unveiled by BBC TV presenter Jemma Cooper on Wyndham Way. The board was jointly funded by Portishead in Bloom, the Town Council, and the WC&P Railway Group. The board is opposite the White Lion pub. Photo >>

19 September 2013:

Portishead in Bloom in 2013 has again won GOLD and retained the St Bridget Cup as the best of the Gold Award towns in its category in South West in Bloom. (Photo of Presentation Day) We also received excellent Neighbourhood Awards as follows: (There are five categories: Establishing; Improving; Developing; Thriving and Outstanding.)

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17 July 2013:

South West in Bloom judges Tom Sharples & John Goulden visited Portishead on 17th July to judge the town and were driven round the route in comfort by Peter Connell of Peter J Connell Funeral Directors. We're very grateful to Peter for providing his services free of charge again this year and for helping the day run smoothly. Click for photo.

16 June 2013:

A selection of photos of the Open Gardens Weekend can be seen here >>

25 May 2013:

Open Gardens programmes now available. Open Gardens weekend is on Sat 8 /Sun 9 June.

14 April 2013:

To help celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gardening week, Portishead in Bloom returned to the Esplanade Meadow, together with a group of lovely young children, to plant up bluebells, snowdrops (all in the green) and primroses.  The plants were bought from a nursery or donated from local gardens.  The children enjoyed themselves enormously digging their holes and planting the bulbs, afterwards they enjoyed cakes and playing in the trees!  Our thanks to the children and their mums for bringing them along. An afternoon’s rain followed which will hopefully help the plants to settle in and flower. Click for photo1, photo2.

On the same day, wild flower seed was scattered on the newly prepared bed at the corner of Glenwood Rise/Nore Road which should brighten up a previously neglected and litter strewn corner.  Seed was also scattered at the entrance to Sheepway on the two meadow beds that had been sown last year. This should ensure a good display of grasses and meadow plants this summer that enjoy clay soil. The wild daffodils and snakeshead fritillaries planted last autumn were in full flower when the seed was sown.  


2 April 2013: Our usual monthly work party took place at Rodmoor Gardens where Dave Ridout had organised two drops of well-rotted manure from Phil Joyner of Clapton-in-Gordano. The ten “Friends” set to work to wheelbarrow the manure in and distribute it amongst the roses and perennials plants there. Winter pruning and cutting back of old foliage was also completed.  Our thanks go to Dave and Phil for their help.

20 March 2013: A dozen “Friends” went to Trinity School to tidy up the children’s vegetable and wildlife garden so that they could get planting once the spring arrived. When we finished this, we went over to the Gazebo Garden to help Neil Hutton from the Wildlife Trust dig up turf ready for perennial planting.  Another two sessions were held on 27 March and 3 April to complete the job.

4 March 2013:

Library bed: Persimmon Homes eventually gave permission for Portishead in Bloom to clear this neglected shrub bed that was full of rubbish such as old tin cans and bottles. As it was always our intention that this garden should celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, we cleared the whole area so as to make a fresh start. We are planning a perfumed garden that will have deep reds and purples as a colour scheme.  Our group of thirteen people cleared the area in just under three hours. A seedling sycamore was cut down as far as possible and the rubbish and old shrubbery was bagged up and taken to the Civic Amenity Centre. We have arranged for the area to be rotovated and manured before being planted up.

25 February 2013:

Glenwood Rise corner: Twelve of our group tackled the very messy corner of Glenwood Rise/Nore Road which hadn’t had any attention for years. After nearly three hours, the area was cleared of rubbish, boulders and undergrowth which were taken away to the Civic Amenity Centre. It will now be sown with wild flower seed during the spring which will hopefully look glorious during the summer months and brighten up a previously neglected area.

20 February 2013: Portishead gardeners are invited to take part in this year’s Open Gardens weekend on June 8 and 9.  

7 February 2013: An old stone column has now been erected in the Millennium Garden at St Peter's Churchyard. It was originally sited in the old Rectory Grounds in Church Road South before demolition took place in 1968. It is shown in Victorian photos as standing between the tennis courts and the croquet lawn. The column was saved and had been stored in a local garden for many years before it was offered to Portishead in Bloom. A suitable site has been found for the column in the Millennium Garden and so it has been returned almost to its original home. Where it came from in the first place is unknown but it we were very pleased to be able to preserve it as a piece of Portishead's history. Click for photo.

4 February 2013: On our work party today, we cut back overgrown shrubbery and bramble at the groynes on Wyndham Way, worked on the boat roundabout, orchard and wild flower meadow. Eleven people were out, with two putting manure on roses at Rodmoor Gardens and clearing up the Brampton Way bed. Click for photo1, photo2.

17 January 2013: Wassailing Event: On the old Twelfth Night which was on Thursday 17th January, Portishead in Bloom together with Transition Towns(Portishead) and the local Community Choir, gathered at the Weston-in-Gordano orchard to bless the apple trees.  Fortunately it was just a few hours before the snow storm arrived and the early evening was quiet and fine for the event. The Community Choir sang a lovely wassailing song around the specially decorated apple tree. The Reverend Tina Hodgett blessed the tree and children put apple juice soaked bread into the tree to encourage it to bloom and fruit during the coming year. The party then progressed back along the trackway where the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway used to run, to have a cup of soup in “The White Hart”. Click for photo1, photo2, photo3.

14 January 2013: Our lovely Rodmoor Gardens, just above the Lake Grounds, has now got a new sign at its entrance from Lake Road. The garden has always been anonymous apart from those in the know, but from now on, visitors will have no doubt as to where they are. The sign was crafted by Ian Salisbury from a locally sourced piece of sycamore which has been treated to withstand the elements. It is a handsome piece of wood and has been beautifully carved with the letters painted later in black so that they stand out. Dave Ridout added legs and put it in place on a sunny but cold afternoon on the 14th January 2013. See photo.

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