Community plant project celebrates another successful year

Celebrations for the Bristol Community Plant Project.

Bristol Zoological Society recently celebrated another successful year of its award-winning Bristol Community Plant Project by inviting all of those involved in the project to a closing ceremony.

At this year’s 25th RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the Zoo picked up a silver award for its plant project involving community groups throughout the city.

Established in 2012, the Bristol Community Plant Collection is the first of its kind and involves groups and schools around the City of Bristol growing a plant species; Calendula. Not only is the project designed to teach and nurture practical skills but it is also intended to enrich the participant’s quality of life by promoting a healthy lifestyle and aiding personal development.

The ages involved in the project span from 2 to 99 and the groups involved  from schools to young mums groups to over 50s accommodation.  

Bert Bembridge, aged 99 is one of many individuals involved and said: "I thought it was very interesting. I remember planting the seeds. Hopefully I will see them develop"

In 2015, 14 different groups took part in growing and maintaining various species of an Endangered plant; Calendula.

All of those who took part were: Southmead Young Mums, Shire Greens, Chard Court 50+ Accommodation, Tyning Fields Community Allotment, Bristol Community Links, Southville Centre Nursery, Hillcrest Primary School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Kingfisher School, Horfield CEVC Primary School –Year 3, Woodstock School, Southville Gardening Club and Parson Street School.

The groups were supplied with training, as well as the equipment they needed such as seeds, soil, plug trays, plant pots, growing trays, containers, watering cans and instructions.

Whilst the Project has many social benefits to people of Bristol it also sees those taking part growing varieties and different species of Calendula, with the objective of establishing a dispersed collection of plants to achieve ‘National Plant Collection’ status.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.


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