AGT Education Officer Cynthia Troup presents a cheque to Ben Carpenter from Community Space Challenge (photo: Andrew Troup)

The Trust is keen to encourage and help teachers and their pupils in primary schools to think of their school grounds as a learning environment.

We offer grants to help create flower and vegetable gardens or the purchase of gardening equipment. Since 2010 the Trust has made small grants to 56 primary schools in the Avon area.

We also offer small grants to local community groups as the Trust aims to raise awareness of the rich garden and park heritage in our area by helping these groups. By awarding grants to these groups for help with the buying of plants and equipment, it enables individuals to get fully involved in community projects.

2017

Easton Community Garden
March

I first visited the Easton Community Garden in September and discovered a very well laid out productive space next to a small Trading Estate near Greenbank Cemetery....more

2016

Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group
October

The Poly tunnel crew celebrating a good morning’s work at the Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Groups’ allotment site in Molesworth Drive...more

Dry Arch Growers
October

A fun day at Holcombe Lane in Bathampton with families coming to celebrate the Apple Harvest... more

Remembering Bristol’s Australian Pioneer
August

Over the last few years Avon Gardens Trust has worked closely with the Woodland Trust and the Friends of Bishop’s Knoll Wood at Bishop’s Knoll in Sneyd Park... more

"Now we can visit all of the garden"
August

When I visited Knowle West Health Association I came to understand the wide variety of services, activities and projects they run to promote, protect and preserve good health and wellbeing... more

A School Garden in the Making
June

On a rainy afternoon in late June, Anne Hills and I visited St Andrew’s Primary School in Congresbury to see how the school was planning to spend their £50 grant... more

Grants for Primary Schools
June

Avon Gardens Trust were delighted to make two awards to primary schools in our area. One was a village school in North Somerset while the second was a city school in Bristol... more

Activities, Bluebells and Primroses
May Day at Tortworth Forest Centre

Many families came to Torthworth Forest Centre’s Arbor Fest Day on 1st May... more

Shire Greens and the Daisy Field
January

Shire Greens have planted and are looking after a community orchard on the Daisy Field near Shirehampton station... more

A Winning Garden
January

The Carers’ Centre helps carers who live in Bath and North East Somerset. An unused and desolate plot is transformed... more

2015

Grants for Primary Schools

For 2015, the Trust has continued with our policy of awarding small grants to primary schools in our area. This year we donated grants to the ten primary schools, six in Bath & North East Somerset and four in Bristol... more

Tortworth Forest Centre
August

Tortworth Forest Centre is a 20 acre woodland with a rich and fascinating history that has become overgrown over the last decade... more

Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group
August

Do you remember the pictures of many hands helping to put up a new cover on a poly tunnel for the Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group? more

Dry Arch Growers
August

I have recently visited Dry Arch Growers in Bathampton to see how they have fared over the summer... more

Community Space Challenge
April

On a sunny spring day in April, Cynthia Troup, Education Co-ordinator for Avon Gardens Trust, handed over a cheque for £500 to Ben Carpenter for the Community Space Challenge... more

South West Education Conference 2015
24 February - Stourhead, Wiltshire

The Association of Gardens Trusts held their South West Education Conference at Stourhead... more

Fifty Apple Trees and a Wassail
January

A blowy January morning in Bathampton at the Dry Arch Growers site saw a large gathering of volunteers to plant young apple trees with a wassail in the afternoon to drive out the evil spirits and encourage good fortune... more

2014

Grants for Primary Schools

The grants that we donated to ten primary schools in the Bristol, South Gloucester and North Somerset area in 2014 were much appreciated... more

A Productive Day’s Labour
Autumn

We gave a ‘helping hand’ to the Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group by providing a new cover for one of their poly tunnels... more

A Helping Hand
Summer

We are delighted to give support to community groups in the form of a modest grant. Click here to read more about Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group or here to read more about Dry Arch Growers

The Walled Garden Project at the Old Vicarage in Barton Hill
May

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South West Education Conference 2014
26 February - Bicton EaRTH Centre, East Budleigh, Devon

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2013

Education
Autumn

As a new member of the committee, I have taken on the responsibility of Education... more

Trees for St Michael's School, Bath
July

Avon Gardens Trust Chair, Ros Delany visited St Michael's Junior School in Bath to find out how they spent their grant in 2012... more

A Peace Garden in Bristol
June

Belying the summer to come, on a cold and grey June day a cheque was handed over to representatives from the Somali Resource Centre and the charity Agora... more

South West Education Conference 2013
16 April - Trerice, Cornwall

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2012

The Walled Garden Project
November

Tucked away behind the Georgian facade of the old St. Luke’s Vicarage on the corner of Queen Anne Road in Barton Hill lies a spacious, historic walled garden... more

Grants for Primary Schools

In this last academic year, we received applications for a small grant towards gardens from eight schools within Avon... more

South West Education Conference 2012
20 March - Sir Harold Hillier Garden, Hampshire

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2011

Grants for Primary Schools

This year, following close liaison with the Healthy Schools Co-ordinators in our four unitary authorities, Avon Gardens Trust invited primary schools to apply for small grants that would help to enhance their school gardening projects... more

South West Education Conference 2011
15 March - Tyntesfield

The National Association of Gardens Trusts held their South West Education Conference at Tyntesfield. The day was hosted by Avon Gardens Trust... more

Archive

South West Education Conference 2009
Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, 2 February

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Engaging with local Communities

As part of the Avon Gardens Trust’s widening participation policy which aims to make more communities aware of the rich garden and park heritage in our region, our former Chairman had it in mind to offer a free trip to a local place of interest... more

A Playground to be Proud Of

Though we cannot provide practical help, we offer some funding for schools who are trying to improve their school grounds. We were, for example, pleased to be able to give a grant to St Mary Redcliffe Primary School to help the parent teacher association with their plans for improving their school grounds... more

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