Redcatch community garden enjoys a bumper opening
Redcatch community garden in Knowle enjoys a bumper opening
Pictured: Plenty of people enjoyed food from stallholders and the garden's new Roots café
Wood turner Andy Turner demonstrated his craft
Ivan, 4, and Lucy, 4, enjoyed making their own wooden decorations
SEVERAL South Bristol parks are in the running to become Britain’s Best Park – but they need the support of the public to reach the shortlist.PictureThe Friends of Redcatch Park are especially delighted as the last year has seen huge changes, with more to come.
The Redcatch Community Garden started to become a reality only in March, but is now thriving, with a host of activities.
Led by enthusiastic gardener Steve Griffiths, who also runs the community activities at Springfield Road allotments on Northern Slopes, the garden grows its own fruit, plants and vegetables.
Visitors to the open day on October 7 could try apple juice squeezed in the garden’s own press. The apples were picked all over Knowle, including in the garden of the convent in St Agnes Avenue, and it’s aimed to have a batch of Knowle cider ready for Christmas.
Eggs and fruit trees are also on sale, there are a host of gardening activities, and the Roots café is now open every day.
Sue Davies, chair of the Friends of Redcatch Park, said: “The Community Garden is exceeding all hopes. It’s already very successful with 100 volunteers signing up, with a great coffee cabin and organic produce, and it’s bringing new people into the park. The Friends are going to be working in partnership with them.”
Sue is also delighted that the park won an Outstanding rating for a seventh year in a row in the It’s Your Neighbourhood assessment given by South West in Bloom.
More improvements are under way now that the council has agreed to unlock a grant which was halted in last year’s emergency spending freeze.
Money from the sale of land for housing at Salcombe Road, Knowle, will allow the Redcatch car park to be refurbished, with planning permission already submitted. “Improving the main entrance and car park has been on our wish list for so many years,” said Sue.
The Friends hold their AGM on Wednesday November 8 at 7.30pm in the park pavilion. All park users, dog walkers, tennis players, footballers, residents and anyone else interested in the future of the park are invited. “Join us for a drink to celebrate another very successful year,” said Sue.
• How Redcatch was rescued over 15 years: Your Councillors, page 36