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The Southville Community Centre has won Gold – again!

For the third time in a row the Southville Centre has won the prestigious Gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, ranking it amongst some of the most well-known venues in the country, alongside The Savoy, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Blenheim Palace!


The Southville Centre on Beauley Road is a versatile venue run by the Southville Community Development Association, a small charity whose aim is to improve the quality of life for people living in the BS3 postal code.

The organisation runs a nursery, pre-school, breakfast and afterschool club and the Southville Centre has a café as well as offering room hire to people who want to run classes, hold meetings and have parties.

The assessor was really impressed with the excellent level of green practice throughout the organisation in particular the low levels of waste produced in such a busy centre. The enthusiasm and effort that staff and volunteers have put in over the years to improving the building and the services provided was commended.

As the building is grade II listed the charity has some restrictions on what it can do to improve energy efficiency but the team who runs the Southville Centre is preparing to implement some of the recommendations in the grading report. They plan to update existing insulation, are investigating moving to a 100% green electricity tariff, potentially installing an electric vehicle charging point, as well as giving visitors the opportunity to report wildlife they have spotted on their journey to the building.

Dawn De Montfort who manages the Southville Centre said, “We are thrilled to have maintained our prestigious Gold grading. We’ve worked hard to ensure all of our services operate in an environmentally friendly way. Even the nursery children get involved and recycle their apple cores and orange peel from snack time. The Green Business Tourism Scheme has provided a real focus to our practise.”

Harry, Lucy, Elenor, Lyra and William composting fruit peelings with Mo Mulligan, who built the waste collection units for the charity.