Portishead in Bloom to brighten up town thanks to Gordano Lodge funds
PUBLISHED: 08:26 16 May 2019
Green-fingered people in Portishead have an exciting summer planned, with hopes of enhancing the town's environment.
Award-winning Portishead In Bloom has a jam-packed schedule in the coming weeks and months.
The dedicated team of volunteers has been hugely successful in both sprucing up Portishead and winning prizes for its efforts, earning a gold award from Britain In Bloom for 11 consecutive years.
The busy summer kicks off on Saturday with a plant sale at the potager garden, in Station Road, from 9am to noon, and from June 8-9 the group will orchestrate an open gardens weekend - when a selection of beautiful gardens will be on show.
Chairman Ian Murphy said: "This is our biggest fund-raiser of the year. There will be 16 gardens open, including five for the first time.
"All of them are very different in size and style."
The volunteers will be hard at work in the coming weeks ahead of July 8 when the judges from South West In Bloom return to peruse Portishead's planted pansies, petunias and primroses.
The group has also joined the Blue Campaign, with hopes of 're-wilding' the town.
Mr Murphy added: "The campaign involves leaving areas of grass uncut to allow nature to flourish, providing food and habitats for a wide range of wildlife.
"We are in the process of identifying suitable areas, which will be identified by small blue hearts, showing the grass is uncut for a good reason.
"This needn't be confined to public areas: even small areas in gardens, schools and business premises can collectively make a huge difference.
"Local residents will soon see blue hearts appearing around the town."
The group's efforts have been boosted by a £250 donation from Gordano Lodge, which will help with its efforts to make Portishead more pretty.
Lodge member Matt Westley said: "The donation is part of the ongoing support to local organisations which do so much to make our town and the environment better for us to live and are so important for the wellbeing of our town."
For more information, log on to www.portisheadinbloom.org.uk