The Filton Community Garden project commenced in 2012 with a simple idea of creating a space and focal point for the community to come together to not only enjoy relaxing and playing in but also be part of its creation.

Now the garden has become a much loved part of the community and has won a number of awards from national bodies including the RHS who described it as the best garden of its type and a benchmark for others.

The original plan for the garden was a central seating area with flower beds in the shape of Concorde wings and paths meandering through the garden and trees. That simple plan soon developed into something far more substantial. The garden now has a rockery, edible bed, bug hotel, fernery, herbaceous border and a recently created wildflower bank. All this is supplemented by individual beds created by two local primary schools, the youth club, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and Filton Twinning Association.

The garden has now opened a whole new area of Elm Park Recreation Park and has become a place to meet, have picnics, walk the dog and generally relax in beautiful surroundings; it is also a fantastic space for events. Looking to the future we will shortly be creating two large rose garden beds at the entrance to the garden and we have a long term aspiration for a Bandstand.

We worked with the community team to make sure that the design was as accessible as possible, and really proud to see the Garden become such a hub in the town. It’s a great example of what a community group can achieve when they come together with a clear aim and objective. We can’t wait to see where the garden develops next, and look forward to working on more community projects in the future.

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