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Celebrating all things green and growing in Greater Bedminster

The Blooming Bedminster Growing Community is celebration of the work undertaken to improve all kinds of green spaces in Greater Bedminster - big and small, private and public. Southville Community Development Association (SCDA) and the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (GBCP) are pleased to support Blooming Bedminster.

You can read a copy of our latest newsletter if you click here.

Blooming Bedminster activities and events help highlight how important plants, trees and all kinds of growing things are to making our community greener and more sustainable. If you’d like to contribute to the work of Blooming Bedminster then please get in touch – email or call (0117) 923 1039.


Bedminster's Secret Gardens Small Grants for Green Projects 2017

Some of you may have visited Bedminster's Secret Gardens this June. This open weekend raised a fantastic £1,100, which the organisers would like to go towards local projects. If you are a part of a group which wants to do something to make our community greener and more sustainable, you can apply for a grant of up to £200 to help. Perhaps you want to improve a green space near you, install a planter in your street or organise a workshop with your neighbours. Your group must be working in the Greater Bedminster Partnership area and the deadline for applications is 31st August. For more details and an application form, please email or pick up an application form from the Southville Centre.

The organisers would like to say thank you to all the people who opened their back gardens and made these grants possible.

Thanks to Wapping Wharf for sponsoring this years event. All the proceeds from the open gardens weekend will support local community gardening projects across BS3.

Find out more about the projects we funded with the proceeds from the 2016 open days - see full details below

If you'd like to open your garden for the 2018 Bedminster's Secret Gardens open days - please fill in this online expression of interest form

Blooming Bedminster supporting small grants for Green Projects

The money raised from the 2016 Bedminster’s Secret Gardens open days has been used to support community gardening projects across BS3. In total £1249.91 has been awarded to nine local projects.

  • South Bristol Toy Library - £56 for some garden-related toys for members of the toy library to borrow
  • Greville Road Neighbours - £155 for maintenance and re-building of planters at both ends of lower Greville Road
  • Bedminster Station Garden Group - £175 for plants in an area of the station garden which needs restoring
  • Way out West - £75 for perennial plants and shrubs for the planters on and around West Street
  • Ebenezer Pocket Park Group - £75.91 for perennials and shrubs to add to the existing planting in the pocket park
  • Patchwork Community Gardening Group - £200 towards installing new planters on the Dean Lane community orchard
  • Parents and Friends of Mary Redcliffe Primary School - £200 to plant a display meadow on the bank at the front of the school
  • Ashton Vale Club for Young People - £113 to create a wildflower garden at the youth club, with older and younger people working together
  • Ashton Vale Together - £200 to install two new planters with an attached seat by the railway arch on Ashton Drive


2017 Good Garden Awards

Plans are underway for this summer's Good Garden Awards. We're on the hunt for the 2017 Good Garden Award design. If you're interested in creating this year's design we'd love to hear from you. The design needs to be A4 (portrait or landscape), full colour, eye catching, include the wording 'Good Garden Award 2017' and have a space where sponsors logos can be incorporated. Designs need to submitted by 31 March 2017 by email to or delivered to the Southville Centre.



Tobacco Factory Plant and Gardening Market 2017

The Tobacco Factory Market held the annual plant and gardening market on Sunday 8 May. If you're a plant grower or sell garden-related items and would like to have a stall at next year's market please contact


Introducing Bedminster's official flower

As part of this year's  first Blooming Bedminster Festival we asked local people to help us choose a flower that best represented Bedminster. There were five flowers nominated for the tittle. Through a public vote the winner was chosen. We're delighted to announce that the Bellflower (Campanula)  is now the official flower of Bedminster. The four runners up were the English Bluebell, Tobacco Flower, Forget me not, Pear Blossom and Honeysuckle

Bellflower (Campanula)
This plant is a common sight as it’s on almost every front garden wall in Greater Bedminster in beautiful purple swarms. Clinging to many red brick walls this plant brightens up many local streets.

The runners up...

English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Found across the area in wooded areas including the banks of the River Avon New Cut, the vivid blue of the English Bluebell is a sure sign that summer is on the way.

Tobacco Flower (Nicotiana alba)
The white flowers of the tobacco flower give off a sweet scent on a warm summer evening. A common bedding plant that gives a nod to the tobacco industry that dominated Bedminster for many years.

Tobacco Flower (Nicotiana alba)

Forget me not (Myosotis)
The tiny blue flowers are a common sight in gardens, often said to be impossible to kill off. In folklore it was said that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers.

Forget me not (Myosotis)

Pear Blossom (Pyrus calleryana / Callery pear)
The white, five-petaled flowers are produced abundantly in early spring. The fruits of the Callery pear are small and hard until softened by frost, after which they are readily taken by birds. Pear wood has one of the finest textures of the fruitwoods. It is prized for making woodwind instruments.

Pear Blossom (Pyrus calleryana / Callery pear)

Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
A popular garden plants with highly perfumed flowers. Fast growing and climbing nature make it a good plant for hedging.  It has been used as a remedy for influenza in traditional Chinese medicine.

Honey Suckle (Lonicera)