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It’s well and truly autumnal now, the Swifts have long gone, though Swallows are still being reported in good numbers suggesting they may have had a good breeding season but….


Here’s a reminder of the State of Nature Report – not happy reading



https://stateofnature.org.uk


We all need to keep working at this

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Despite the long hot spell early in the season we’ve had a great display on the Flower Bank.





Thanks to Liz Milner for photos


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The drab damp ‘Summer’ has meant the grass has grown tremendously. We had very successful workparties to do the main hay cut last month and will finish off the rest soon.


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Avon Wildlife Trust are setting up ‘Wildlife Champions’ to get more people actively engaged

https://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-champions

If you’d like to get involved please contact Lucy Byrne - ljwbyrne@yahoo.com

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Nov 22

The Flower Bank is awarded 'Outstanding'
by the
Royal Horticulture Society

Oct 22

The Good News Gets Better

All the paperwork is done – we’re back in business!

Look out for details of workparties SOON


Just a reminder that we are raking hay on St. George's Flower Bank this Saturday morning (1st October) We could do with a few more hands - even if only for an hour or so. Please meet at St George's Hill gate for 10am - let me know and I'll make sure there's enough coffee and biscuits! Bob Buck 0788 4400221


Helping others*

workparty 2021

Even though we didn’t work on the Flower Bank, we’ve not been idle this summer.

*The Paddock: Brookside: Macrae Road: Hardwick Road; Penny Brohn


Extraordinary generosity

Sythe Mower

Two separate donations out of the blue mean we will soon have a new machinery

A replacement scythe-bar mower and a mechanical hay-rake.

More details will be shared when we actually get the kit.

Hay Rake

Royal Horticulture Society Logo

South West in Bloom awards

‘Outstanding’ for 4th time!

The Monk Trophy for ‘Best Use of Native Plants’

in the whole of the South West

 March 2022

Fantastic support for Local Nature Reserve

“It’s like the proverbial buses – you wait for ages then two arrive together!” enthuses Bob Buck “You may imagine my reaction - about the same time that John Maycock was making a very generous offer of a replacement mower I had another call which resulted in our being gifted a mechanical hay-rake as well.”

When Bob started clearing brambles from a patch of Primroses on the A369 verge near the M5 Gordano roundabout it wasn’t obvious that this would become an important wildflower site.

Very soon it became apparent that a wide range of other plants was benefitting from the work. That management, begun 30 years ago, soon attracted appreciative attention. One of the first to show this was John Maycock of Brackenwood Plant Centre in Abbots Leigh. Recognising Bob’s efforts he made a donation towards running costs. Since then the site has become known as St. George’s Flower Bank, an award winning Local Nature Reserve, much admired by locals, passers-by and environmentalists. Being alongside a busy A road means working closely with North Somerset Council, who are supportive and helpful, as is Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish.
Apart from expanding on the roadside the volunteer team advises and helps on several other similar sites being created locally.

Brackenwood have remained supportive for the whole 30 years; “When I had another phone call from John” says Bob “He was offering us a new machine. I was rather taken aback – he’s always helped us but this is extraordinarily generous!”

John’s view is “I’ve always admired the fantastic work Bob’s team do. This is showing our thanks on behalf of everyone who has enjoyed the wildflower spectacle. We are glad to help.”   As John was not available, the presentation was made by his daughter Clare and her husband, Chris Baker, who now run Brackenwood.
The machine is a BCS powerscythe which will make short work of the annual hay-cut.    It comes with mechanical hay-rake, which will speed up clearing cuttings. The rake has been funded by someone who remains anonymous.



Photo 1 - Jim Bolton*, Giles Morris*, Bob Buck*, Clare & Chris Baker
Photo 2 - Giles Morris*, Clare & Chris Baker :Bob Buck*, Noel Ayling*
*St. George’s Flower Bank LNR team


Do YOU want to be part of this team?

All you need is a bit of time and lots of enthusiasm!!

Contact

stgeorgesflowerbank@gmail.com

0788 4400221

October 2021 Newsletter.pdf  or  (MS-Office) docx version


March 2021 Newsletter (.pdf)


Flower Bank's fame spreads


Giles Morris was submitted this article following correspondence with CLM about meadow management.

Because of copyright we can't publish it but we might be able to share a copy with you.

Conservation Land Management - Spring 2021 - Extract

Image 1         Image 2        Image 3


A recently published book inspired by the flowerbank.

‘St. George’s Flowers’

A fabulous collection of botanical illustrations

By the local artist - Annie Morris


Updated Fungi Survey Update added

Briophytes Survey Update added


January 2021 Newsletter

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Christmas 2020 Newsletter (.pdf)



Bristol One City - Strategy (click here)

Bristol One City is Bristol City Council’s inclusive and environmental agency,

has recognised St. George’s Flowerbank in their strategy document.


2019/20 End of Year Report


March 2020 Newsletter

&

On the verge Report


March 2020 - Links to similar organisations have been

added to the Links Page


October 2019 Newsletter


July 2019 Newsletter


Page 1 (pdf) or (.docx)

Page 2 (pdf) or (.docx)

Page 3 (pdf) or (.docx)


May 2019 Newsletter


May 2019 - Flower Bank Leaflet










Click on image to download (.pdf)


January 2019 Newsletter (click to view)


Friday 6th April 2018


Despite not being in touch too much we have not been idle recently.

Firstly, despite the severe cold spells and snow the plants are telling us Spring is well on the way - the Primroses are developing really well, and are turning up in lots of new places.  When I went out this week to photograph the flowers I picked up litter - amazingly only a couple of bags full!


Secondly - put the 1st May into you diary - details of our Quiz are attached.


Update

Despite not getting full funding from Aviva (thanks for voting!) we are well on the way to paying for a trailer - and a secure site-safe container.  Apart from the £500 from Aviva for reaching the finals we have had some extraordinary support locally. Thanks to everyone who has been so generous.


We have now become affiliated to Pill & Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council which confers several benefits, not least the facility to reclaim VAT - a significant saving.  This puts the ongoing support they have always given us from the beginning onto a formal basis.


One local firm with offices at Ham Green, Wilmott Dixon, have given us a sizeable donation and have offered to produce a new leaflet as well.  The leaflet we have needs to be updated - on the front it says "20 years of success 1990-2010" which is a bit out of date.


Fundraising continues because we have regular running costs as well and, as yet, no regular income other than our monthly walks.  That could change as we are in negotiations with North Somerset and a possible sponsor, who wants to put up signs something like "Flower Bank supported by......."


As you know the new Data Protection law comes into force soon; Noel has been on a course to understand our responsibilities and I've been sorting out the lists of names we keep on our data base.  That alone is a major task.


Also in the background our new committee is working on a new management plan and agreement with North Somerset Council - which keeps us busy. The revamped website (http://flowerbank.org.uk) will gradually be knocked into shape - once we get to grips with the technology.  That is just too hard for me!

There will be no work parties for a while but once the haymaking season comes there will be plenty to do!

Many thanks for supporting Flower Bank

Bob