Flower peeps

2020

Nailsea and District Horticultural Society and 
other environmentally-friendly 'green' groups
Please refer to Breaking News page for fuller list of cancellations

Better Nailsea had fine weather in February and cleared lots of rubbish from the streets, car parks and paths of the town.

Organiser Lisa Davidson said: "Thank you to everyone who attended the February litter pick and helped to clean up the centre of Nailsea. 

"We had a fabulous turnout complete with many new faces."

See below for next dates.

Nailsea Town Council is being asked for more litter picker bags, bag hoops, childrens sized high vis vests and councillors to join in.

Both North Somerset MP Liam Fox and Backwell Green councillor Bridget Petty are being invited to join the Better Nailsea litter pick on Saturday, April 11, as part of the Great British Spring Clean/Keep Britain Today national campaign.

Better Nailsea litter pickers reported that 'dog poo bins' were overflowing in the Trendlewood area but with a new contractor starting this month thanks to the town council pet owners should be seeing an improvement.
Graffiti on the Scotch Horn building and Millenium park fences and the rubbish shrewned around the recycling bins at the Clevedon Road car park was a concern.

Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber confirmed that the bins were staying put and the residents are being giving one more chance to use the centre properly.

Grove Junior School has set up an Eco Warriors lunchtime group.

On Saturday, March 14, after the litter pick it was decided to meet at Wetherspoon for a midday coffee.

Better Nailsea now has its own Facebook page.

SPRING BULBS: Nailsea Horticultural Society welcomes master horticulturalist Don Everitt with an illustrated talk on spring colour from bulbs on  Wednesday, March 11All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome. 
  •  Schedules for the spring show at Nailsea School Mizzymead Road, on Saturday, April 4, are at Nailsea library, John Brown hardware shop and PS Travel or you can download HERE. For more information go to N&DHS website by clicking HERE

North Somerset Council has launched a Your Neighbourhood consultation to hear what people think about:

  • Libraries

  • Leisure and sports centres

  • Street cleansing

  • Parks and open spaces

  • Garden waste

It is interested in hearing ideas about how the council might work alongside communities to make valued services as efficient and sustainable as possible.  

They will be running public engagement sessions around North Somerset. 

Places can be reserved via Eventbrite – follow the links below to register.

Evening public engagement sessions

  • 6-8pm, Monday, March 9, Tithe Barn, Nailsea.

If you have any questions email the team at YourNeighbourhood@n-somerset.gov.uk.

Come and plant 1,000s of new trees

Nailsea is to get rewilded (or should that be rewooded) but don't worry it is only planting lots new trees and not the introduction of wolves and eagles - yet!​

North Somerset Council is planting 5,000 new trees across the district starting this month.

More than 1,000 are going in Nailsea and nearby and residents are asked to bring a spade and come and help with the planting.

And here is where they are going:

 

Saturday, February 22

  • 9.30am 289 trees at Pound Lane, Nailsea - meet at the end of the cul-de-sac to Moor End Spout

  • 2.30pm 85 trees at Rhyne View, Nailsea –meet at the main open space at Rhyne View

 

Sunday, February 23

  • 9.30am 302 trees at Sedgemoor Close, Nailsea – meet at the field gate at the end of Sedgemoor Close

  • 2.30pm 60 trees at Trendlewood Way Park, Nailsea – meet near the croquet club at Birdlip Close

 

Tuesday, February 25

  • 9am 332 trees at Elm Farm, Wraxall –meet at the main field gate on Lodge Lane

 

Rewilding involves creating more habitats for wildlife to flourish, increase biodiversity and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Last year the council agreed to rewild as much of its land as possible.

Areas were identified where rewilding could take place and a three-month consultation period was held to get people’s views on the proposals.

The council decided to deliver rewilding in two ways – to let areas of grass grow throughout the summer and cut it in the autumn and to plant more trees.

The aim is to plant 25 hectares of woodland – about 50,000 trees – and grow about 40 hectares of tall grass, reducing the areas of regularly mown grass by 25 per cent.

Rewilding also means managing sites in ways that are appropriate to their needs. This may involve restoring rare habitats such as limestone grassland or even felling trees that are diseased or are damaging structures.

Nearly 500 people responded to the consultation on the proposals with 78 per cent supporting rewilding and more than 250 people volunteering to help with rewilding projects.

Where concerns were expressed over some areas identified for rewilding, further consultation will take place with residents on what is most appropriate for those areas.

Following the consultation, the council has now selected the first areas to rewild and will be planting trees donated by the Woodland Trust, during the second half of February starting in Pill and covering Portishead, Clevedon, Locking, Yatton and Weston.

The biggest single planting of 588 is at the appropriately named Chestnut Grove, Clevedon.

Those wishing to get involved and help plant the trees can just turn up with spade and wearing good footwear and suitable clothes.

Council officers will be there to offer help and guidance.

More rewilding projects are planned for later in the year.

North Somerset Council executive member for climate emergency and the environment Bridget Petty who is ward councillor for Backwell said: “Planting these 5,000 trees is the exciting first step in delivering our promise to rewild North Somerset and address our climate emergency.

 “We are grateful to the Woodland Trust for donating these trees and special thanks to all those who have volunteered to help.

“We would love everyone to stay involved by looking after the areas where we are planting, delivering the next phases of tree planting and managing the tall grass areas in the future.”

According to the John Muir Trust a charity founded in 1983 ‘wild places are essential for the wellbeing of people and wildlife. Rewilding is about inspiring and engaging people to restore natural processes. This means repairing damaged ecosystems and reintroducing lost species. It covers the restoration of native woodlands and high mountain habitats such as dwarf birch and montane scrub. It also covers the reintroduction of former native species such as the beaver, sea eagle, lynx or wolf.’

Nailsea gets better and better

CRISP CALL: Walkers offer a simple and free crisp packet recycling scheme, which accepts all brands. This is now the largest and fastest-growing scheme of its type in the UK, with more than 1,600 public drop-off locations nationwide. In fact, there is a public drop-off location within four miles of 80 per cent UK households – find your local one here. Empty crisp packets can be recycled weekdays between 9am-5pm at 9 Sunnymede Road, Nailsea. Contact 0755 377 8615.

Womble with Better Nailsea

North Somerset MP Liam Fox is to be invited to join the Great British Spring Clean with the Better Nailsea litter pickers.

Dr Fox has been promoting the national Great British Spring Clean on Saturday, April 11, so Better Nailsea organisers thought it would be a good idea for him to join in with fellow litter pickers just down the road from his Tickenham home.

Dr Fox, who is picture with Orinoco, said: “Keep Britain Tidy research shows that people are more likely to litter where litter is present.

“Small actions can make a big difference.”

And he urged his constituents to ‘take part in this year’s Great British Spring Clean and help clean our streets, parks and beaches in North Somerset’.

Better Nailsea co-ordinator Lisa Davidson said: “Our next litter pick is on Saturday, February 8, at 10am from 65 High Street.

“We would appreciate a big turnout as we have several new ideas to discuss at the meeting following at 65 High Street at noon.

“A big thank you to all those who took part in our two January litter picks which have really made a great difference to the local area.

“Better Nailsea will again host a litter pick during the national campaign campaign Great British Spring Clean on April 11.”

Equipment for litter picking is supplied.

For discussion at meeting:

  • increase in graffiti on surfaces near and on the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre buildings

  • clearing up the fly tipping in Clevedon Road car park after North Somerset Council remove the recycling containers in February (if this goes ahead)

  • where could we plant more trees in Nailsea?

  • response from Dr Fox to joining our Great British Spring Clean event

  • ways to involve our schools, particularly in the Great British Spring Clean

  • collection point for ecobricks in Nailsea which are building blocks made from discarded plastic bottles.

For more information email betternailsea@gmail.com.

BIRDS AND BEES: Nailsea Horticultural Society welcomes Nicholas Wray, the curator of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, on Wednesday, February 12. He will give a talk about the important relationships between garden plants and pollinators. All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome. For more information and dates of the spring show on the first Saturday in April and summer show on the first Saturday in August at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, click HERE
PRICKLE SUBJECT: Nailsea Horticultural Society's first meeting of 2020 is on Wednesday, January 8. Tony Irons will be talking about Desert Plants, giving an insight into the world of cacti and succulents. All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome. For more information and dates of the spring show on the first Saturday in April and summer show on the first Saturday in August at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, click HERE

2019

Wild and wonderful in Nailsea

What's alive and kicking (or crawling or flying or growing) in your neck of the woods?
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) would like to know about what flora and fauna people see or don't see in their area including residents of Nailsea. 

From urban foxes to wiggly worms, from dandelions to dock leaves go outside with eyes wide open and let them know.

Knowledge of bat and badger populations can help planners when decided on new building. 
BRERC will then compare this to the millions of data records held at BRERC. 
If you would like to take part, there is a short anonymous survey that will help them gather your observations from Bristol and the surrounding area. 
BRERC collects, manages and distributes biodiversity and geodiversity data for the West of England area.
It has 2,217,090 records on its database from 13,522 different species and last year it received and logged 622,957 updates.
Click HERE to take you to the survey. 
Be sure to pass this on to friends and family who might also want to participate. 
For more information about BRERC clickj HERE.

Rewilding North Somerset

New habitats for wildlife to help mitigate the effects of climate change are to be created across North Somerset.

North Somerset Council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and in July councillors agreed unanimously to put in place a rewilding programme across the district.

Since then officers have been identifying areas of council-owned land as potential sites for rewilding by planting trees or allowing the grass to grow taller.

The council owns around 2.5 million square metres of verges, parks and open spaces where the grass is mown regularly.

Under its rewilding programme it is looking to increase wildlife and biodiversity by converting around 16 per cent of this “amenity grass” to tall grass areas and a further 10 per cent to woodland.

This will result in around 40 new hectares of tall grass and 20 new hectares of woodland across the district enabling wildlife to flourish.

Creating the woodland areas will involve planting around 50,000 young tress called 'whips' which will be protected by biodegradable tubes.

These will be planted in phases over the next three years with the initial 5,000 being planted early in the new year.

The tall grass sites will also be introduced over the next three years, starting next summer.

The estimated cost of obtaining and planting the new trees is £50,000 which will be funded from various sources including the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission and Natural England.

A report outlining the rewilding programme will be considered by the Community and Corporate Organisation Policy and Scrutiny Panel on Tuesday, November 5.

Following this, town and parish councils, residents and community groups will be consulted on the potential sites that have been identified by the council. This consultation will run until the end of January.

North Somerset executive member responsible for green spaces and community engagement.Caritas Charles said: "We will be seeking people’s views on the suitability of the areas we have identified for rewilding and also asking for suggestions of other potential sites.

“Once the sites have been finalised the specification for the new grounds and tree maintenance contract will be prepared to reflect the council’s ambitions with maintenance programmes changed to favour wildlife and biodiversity.”

North Somerset executive member for environment and climate emergency Bridget Petty said the council will also be helping towns, parishes and community groups across the distrcit with their rewilding projects as well as adopting its own rewilding programme.

She said: “Taller grass provides many benefits to wildlife including shelter as well as somewhere to hunt, feed and breed.

“And it’s widely recognised that trees provide significant benefits to local communities, wildlife and in addressing climate change.

“We will be looking for volunteers to help us plant and look after the new trees.

"This will be a great opportunity for local people to get involved in a practical way with helping to address the climate emergency.”

To read the council report click HERE.

History of John Brown's High Street hardware shop

Nailsea & District Horticultural Society annual meeting is on Wednesday, November 13, when members will receive a report on the activities of the society during the past year.

This will be followed by a talk from Mr Brown's daughter, Maggie Fordham, about the history of John Brown’s hardware shop in Nailsea High Street.Afterr this is will be the annual Beetle Drive and Christmas carols on Wednesday, December 11. -

Dates for the 2020 diary:

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society spring show

  • Saturday, August 1, 2020  Nailsea & District Horticultural Society summer show

For further information click HERE.

All meetings are at the Nailsea United Reformed church hall, Stockway North, starts at 7.30pm.

Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. 

All will be made very welcome.

Details of all monthly meetings, show dates and other information click HERE.

Nailsea & District Gardeners' Association

The gardeners’ association is a non-profit making and aims to provide gardeners with fertilisers, composts and other gardening sundries at wholesale prices. 
Membership is available to anyone in the area and cost £1 per annum. 
The store is in the hut at the Wareham Close entrance to Whitesfield Road allotments in Nailsea. 
It is next open 10am-noon on Saturday, November 2
For details contact Bev Ballagher on O1275 790371 or email bev.ballagher@gmail.com

Last of the summer shows

Backwell Village Show is on Saturday, September 21, from 2pm in the WI and parish halls.

Entry is free.

There will be 156 classes including those for vegetables, fruit. flowers and flower arranging, cookery, preserves, art and craft, photography, Your Local Organisation, children and young people sections.

Love class 33 for a ‘collection of bee-friendly flowers displayed in a jar’

And a special competition to grow the tallest sunflower in the village is being run in conjunction with the show and a prize for the best kept allotment.

The presentations are at 4pm with the raffle winner being announced at 4.15pm.

You can download a schedule HERE with entry forms - deadline date by Wednesday, September 18.

Tickenham Flower Show is on Saturday, August 17, from 12.30pm in the village hall and marquee in the field opposite.

Entry is £3.50 with accompanied children free and the park and ride car park is next to Tickenham Golf Club.

With more than 100 classes from flowers to floral arrangements; vegetables and fruit; preserves and domestic (which includes new for this year a vegan tart); eggs and honey; handicrafts and sections for children there will be lots of cups and trophies to be won.

The is also a hog roast, craft fair, beer  and Pimms tent, WI teas, games, ice creams, field stalls and children’s activities.

Musical accompaniments are by Portishead Concert Band and Nailsea Rock Choir.

Presentations by Vena and Terry Prater are at 4pm.You can download a schedule HERE with entry forms - deadline date is before 8pm on Wednesday, August 14.

BIGGEST BY FAR: The 150th Clevedon Flower Show bank holiday show on the seafront promises to be the pick of the North Somerset crop. Read more HERE with details of where to buy the programme.

Cool cucumber is best veg in show

It was wall-to-wall people and flowers at Nailsea & District Horticultural Society super annual summer show on Saturday.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and the displays at Nailsea School atrium attracted more than 550 visitors – they even sold out of programmes.

With nearly 300 classes on show with everything from flowers, vegetables, floral art, handicrafts and cookery, stalls and a silver band it made a colourful traditional show in a contemporary setting.

Joint show secretary Martyn Davis who won the top members trophy for most points in the show said: “The atrium was filled with an enormous range of colourful exhibits.

“Visitors were able to enjoy a very relaxed and sociable afternoon with tea and cakes provided by the society’s volunteers and entertainment provided by the Filton Concert Brass Band.

“There were more entries this year than last year which is a particular credit to the gardeners who had to contend with very dry conditions in the weeks before the show.

“The organisers were especially pleased to see the increase in the number of vegetables entered.”

Local gardener Colin Griffin won the cup for most points in the allotment holders’ classes and the Nailsea Town Council prize for the best kept allotment on the Engine Lane site.

Kingston Seymour gardener Rodney Veale won lots of prizes in the horticultural classes as well as an individual trophy for most points in vegetables.

The National Vegetable Society medal for best individual exhibit went to Clevedon entrant Jeff Withers for his prize cucumber; his pot plants also took awards.

Jeff who is a landscape gardener by trade was as pleased as punch with his 14in blemish free cucumber taking a first prize along with his nearly 30in runner bean.

He credits wife Sue as his 'chief waterer' for his success.

Jeff is now getting ready for the Tickenham and Clevedon flower shows later this month.

Master baker Sue Irwin won prizes for most points and the best exhibit in the cookery classes.

Martyn added: “This year's show has been a great success.

“It's a special treat for those of us organising the show to see all the very high-quality entries filling the school and creating such a good display.

“The biggest reward for us is in seeing so many people enjoying themselves, meeting up with friends, and making the show a very special social event for the town."

In the photography section entitled What I Appreciate About Nailsea it was a photo of the town orderly pushing his broom trolley which took first prize.

Heritage curator and writer Heidi Hollis set up her Hidden Histories stall which had been looking at the show which has been going in various guises since 1853.

There were also stalls for woodwork, jewellery, pottery and designer clothes along with a photographic exhibition and prize tombola.

There are lots more N&DHS summer show photos in Gallery 2019.

TROPHY WINNERS

JOHN WEEKS MEMORIAL PLAQUE most points in members’ classes, Mr M Davis; NAILSEA TOWN COUNCIL TROPHY most points in allotment holders’ classes, Mr C Griffin; ROBERT HOBBS TROPHY most points in horticultural classes I-98, Mr R Veale; COTTAGERS’ CUP most points in vegetables classes I-35 Mr R Veale; NAYLSEY PLATE best exhibit in vegetables classes 1-34, Mr J Withers; RAYMOND RANDALL TROPHY most points in potato and onion classes, Mr R Veale; BOB VANCE TROPHY winner of class 35 collection of peas and/or beans, Mr I Marshall; REG HARVEY MEMORIAL TROPHY best exhibit in cut flowers classes 37-71, Mr M Davis; TOM AND EDITH GREENWOOD TROPHY most points classes 46-72, Mr C Griffin; ERIC AND MARY ROBINS AWARD most points in dahlia classes 37-45, Mr G Mizen; ENID GILES TROPHY most points in roses classes 61-64, Miss C Foster; DICK MITCHELL CUP most points in sweet pea classes 65-67 and M5, Mr R Veale; EDITH BALSDON TROPHY best rose exhibit, Miss C Foster; THATCHER CUP best exhibit in Class 72 collection of flowers, Mr C Griffin; HARRY BENNET MEMORIAL TROPHY most points in pot plants classes 74-89, Mr J Withers; GORDON ADAIR CUP best exhibit in pot plant classs 74-89, Mr J Withers; MRS GORDON ADAIR CUP best exhibit class 74 three pot plants, Mr J Withers; BILL AND EILEEN COPESTAKE AWARD planted containers, Mrs C Sallow; BRITISH GARDENERS ASSOCIATION CURTIS CUP best exhibit in planted containers classes 90-92, Mr J Withers; FRANK CALCRAFT MEMORIAL CUP most points in fruit classes 93-98, Mr L Howland; MARY FILMER MEMORIAL TROPHY best use of plant material in floral art, Mrs H Glanville; DE BUNCE CUP best exhibit in floral art classes 100-104, Mrs N Ford; HP LUCAS CUP most points in cookery classes 120–138, Mrs S Irwin; CIS WEEKS COOKERY VOUCHER best exhibit in cookery classes 120-138, Mrs S Irwin; JESSE AND PHYLLIS WILLIAMS TROPHY most points in cookery and preserves classes 120-151, Mrs S Irwin; MAKEPEACE TROPHY most point in preserves classes 145-151, Mrs J Knight; PENNY SANTER AWARD best exhibit in handicraft classes, Mrs M Irwin; AUDREY BAKER TROPHY most points in handicrafts classes 162-175, Ms PF Adams; MERCURY CHALLENGE CUP most points in photography classes 184-190, Mr G Parsons;

CHILDREN WINNERS

Best exhibit children classes: 4 and under, Miss Ayda Winks; 5-7, Master Z Searle; 8-11, Miss Kathryn Morgan.

Most points in children’s handicraft: 4 and under, Miss Ayda Winks; 5-7 Cleo Winks; 8-11 Miss Raiya Robertson.

Most points in cookery: 8-11 Miss Meredith Hinton.  

MEDALS

NATIONAL VEGETABLE SOCIETY MEDAL best individual dish of vegetables, Mr J Withers; RHS BANKSIAN MEDAL most points in horticultural classes, Mr R Veale; NATIONAL SWEET PEA SOCIETY MEDAL best exhibit in sweet pea classes, Mr R Veale; NATIONAL DAHLIA BRONZE MEDAL best exhibit in dahlia classes, Mr M Davis.

FLOWER POWER: Nailsea and District Horiticultural Society summer show is on Saturday, August 3. Monthly meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome. For more details about monthly meetings and other information clIck HERE. To download the summer show schedule click HERE. Included in the flower, floral art and handicrafts classes is a photography section entitled What I Appreciate About Nailsea ... get snapping and show how lovely the village that is now a town at its best.

Flying North Somerset green flag

Six parks and green spaces in North Somerset will proudly fly the Green Flag again this year including one in Nailsea..

The six sites are:

  • Abbots Pool in Abbots Leigh;

  • Watchhouse Hill in Pill;

  • Portishead Lake Grounds;

  • Trendlewood Community Park, Nailsea;

  • Prince Consort Gardens, Weston-super-Mare; and

  • Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve, Weston-super-Mare.

The prestigious Green Flag is the mark of a quality park or green space.

Awarded by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, it is a sign to the public that the site boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

North Somerset Council leader Don Davies said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive six Green Flags again this year.

“The award celebrates the hard work and dedication that goes into maintaining these areas to such a high standard.

“I have two Green Flag sites in my ward – Watchhouse Hill and Abbots Pool."We as a community are very proud to have them and extremely grateful to the people who freely give of their time to keep these sites as the wonderful green spaces they are.”

PHOTO: Cllr Don Davies and Friends of Watchhouse Hill celebrating the Green Flag award. The group has been involved with the site for the past 12 years and this is their ninth Green Flag.

LITTER PICK: The July litter pick date and location has been moved to Sunday, July 14, 9-11am meeting in the car park of Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club on the final day of the beer and cider festival long weekend. Volunteers will be be clearing up along Engine Lane and roads which lead to the rugby club. Organiser Lisa Davidson said: "There is always a lot of clearing up to do in the rugby club during the festival, and with Better Nailsea helping outside the club, I think we will really show Nailsea that we care about the entire town, not just the areas near the shops. We are all about community. I will have litter pickers and bags but please bring gloves. Look for me in the carpark wearing a 'hi vis' yellow vest." For more information email Lisa at betternailsea@gmail.com. 

FLOWER POWER: On Wednesday, July 10, Sue Applegate, who is conserving cultivars of Bearded Iris bred in the town of Langport, talks about peonies and irises. All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome. N&DHS summer show is on Saturday, August 3. For more details about monthly meetings and other information clIck HERE. To download the summer show schedule click HERE. Included in the flower, floral art and handicrafts classes is a photography section entitled What I Appreciate About Nailsea ... get snapping and show how lovely the village that is now a town at its best.

GREEN SPACE: Tickenham Open Gardens is from 11am-4pm on Sunday, June 23. For the first time mature and developing gardens will be open, all being different with interesting features to enjoy and they will inspire you in your own garden. Most have beautiful views across Tickenham Moor to the hills beyond. Tickets, refreshments and ploughman's lunches at village hall on Clevedon Road or start and pay at any garden and move on if parking full at that garden - come back later. Profits to Alive - the UK's leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers and the Brown Rock Woodlland Project, a community focused, sustainable woodland management project providing opportunity for all to engage with, enjoy and benefit from the great outdoors.

Backwell Playing Fields Charity will be celebrating its 90th birthday with a fair on Saturday, June 8, 11.30am-4pm.

The playing fields were opened by the Marquis of Bath in 1929.

Its purpose was to provide recreation facilities for the parishioners of the village.

All Backwell clubs, societies, schools and organisation are invited to get involved.

Email backwell.fair@gmail.com for further information.

Leading the way - Backwell Playing Fields has installed these new litter and recycle bins.

The park was a gift way back in 1929 from Theodore Robinson and his sister Isabel Robinson, who then lived at West Town House.

The fields were then called the West Backwell Playing Fields.

The Robinson's paid for tennis courts and a bowling green and a grand opening ceremony was planned for the June 6, 1929.

The Marquis of Bath was invited to carry out the opening ceremony and there was a good turnout to welcome him. After the speeches by Lord Bath, Theodore Robinson, Mr Caudwell, William Lott and Mr E Leonard, Lord Bath was invited to roll the first jack on the new bowling green.

A large stone on which was attached a plaque commemorating the event was placed on the Playing Fields. 
Adapted from the official Backwell Park village website.

Rubbish!!

This fly-tipping on Backwell Common is a regular occurance. It looks like the remains of a fruit and vegetable stall. Anyone with any information is asked to email nailseapeople@gmail.com and we will pass this on to the appropriate officials - thanks

Nailsea nature reserve

The next open day at Moorend Spout Nature Reserve, off Pound Lane, is on Saturday, June 1, from 10am.

Activities and talks through the day including pond dipping, trees quiz, nature colouring and bird, flower and butterfly walks.
Moorend Spout is well known for its natural beauty, provided by the alder carr, and with the additional attraction of a constantly flowing waterfall.

This is a particularly valuable wildlife habitat: low lying and water logged, which is traversed by a well-used public foot path.

Park on Pound Lane by the schools and follow the footpath opposite.

Click HERE for more information.

POTTING PERFECT: Gardener David Usher makes a return visit to Nailsea & District Horticultural Society on Wednesday, June 12. Head gardener for a number of years, David helped restore the acclaimed gardens at Hestercombe, near Taunton, Somerset. On Wednesday, July 10, Sue Applegate, who is conserving cultivars of Bearded Iris bred in the town of Langport, talks about peonies and irises. All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome. N&DHS summer show is on Saturday, August 3. For more details about monthly meetings and other information clIck HERE.

BIN BOTHER: The recycling lorry suffered a breakdown this week and was late collecting items but another delay was the number of Nailsea residents not sorting their rubbish probably in the right boxes and bunching together items. Here is a reminder. Recycling is collected every week. Most households are given two recycling boxes. North Somerset Council only collect from these boxes with the exception of properties with communal waste and recycling areas. For more information click HERE.

Better Nailsea litter pick June 8

The next Better Nailsea litter pick is on Saturday, June 8, meeting at Number 65, High Street, at 10am.

The group meet every second Saturday in the month.

Moving forward the dates are:​

  • Saturday, July 13;

  • Saturday, August 10 and

  • Saturday, September 14.

Lisa said: "It would be lovely to see you again." 

Better Nailsea litter pick April 13

The Better Nailsea group which is based at 65 High Street is joining the annual Keep Britain Tidy spring clean.

They are joining the 2019 Great Big Spring Clean with others across the country to declare that litter pollution – which degrades the beauty of our environment and threatens to harm wildlife – is not acceptable.

The Nailsea litter event is on Saturday morning, April 13.

In a timely plea on Nailsea People Facebook page resident Tony Randall said: "Stop littering our town. The path by the Sawyers Arms is having to be cleared up weekly by residents."

The young people who use the skatepark have organised their own school holidays spring clean for 10am on Wednesday, April 10.

And at Backwell villagers are urging everyone to be vigilant for people fly-tipping in the countryside.

Bring your family and friends and join Nailsea town councillors to clean up the mess left behind by thoughtless litter louts.

Better Nailsea was set up in 2016 to develop a range of initiatives to enhance the town of Nailsea including:

  • recycling programme

  • naturalist garden to encourage diverse wildlife

  • monthly litter picks

Better Nailsea litter picks and meetings are on he second Saturday of every month. The litter picks meet 10am-noon and its meetings from noon-2pm.

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Stockway North Nature Reserve is open every Wednesday 2-5pm from April to August (weather permitting). The reserve, covering an area of 3/4 acre, provides a home for a variety of birds, mammals, insects and other mini-beasts, plants, amphibians and fungi is managed by the Friends of Stockway North Nature Reserve. All welcome, pond-dipping available. Family friendly.

Nailsea & District Gardeners Association

Nailsea & District Gardeners Association is a non-profit making association aiming to assist gardeners in Nailsea and nearby by selling fertilisers, composts and other gardening sundres at wholesale prices.

All materials are sold from a shed at the Wareham Close entrance of the Whitesfield Road allotments.

All customers must be members but this costs just £1 a year.

2019 shed opening dates 10am-noon:

  • April 6 and 20

  • May 4, 11 and 18

  • June 1 and 15

  • July 6

  • September 7

  • October 12

  • November 2

A host of golden daffodils

The sunshine of early spring  trumpeted the arrival of the flower show on Saturday, March 30, enjoyed by hundreds of Nailsea people.

Nailsea & District Horticultural Society annual spring show is traditionally known as the daffodil show and visitors were greeted with a host of yellow, orange and pink blooms to greet their arrival at Nailsea School.
Joint secretary Martyn Davis said: "Approximately  300 visitors came to our spring show at Nailsea School on Saturday. 
"On a lovely sunny afternoon the school atrium was filled with the colours and scents of spring flowers.
"The show this year was a week earlier than usual. 
"This did mean that some key exhibitors and helpers were unable to attend, but the very warm weather in recent weeks meant that all the blooms were at their best.
"Honours in the daffodil classes were shared between Rodney Veale, of Kingston Seymour, and Terry Miller, of  Wokingham. 
"Society stalwart William Knight won the trophies in the members’ classes. 
"Apart from the daffodils there were very high quality entries in the domestic, handicrafts, photography and children's classes.
"Visitors to the show were entertained by the excellent Filton Concert Brass Band and they enjoyed a very sociable afternoon with plenty of tea and cakes."
This show became part of village life in1853. Back then it was held in tents on a field on the outskirts of Nailsea, a rural village that was home to glassworkers, coal miners and agricultural workers.
Now the show is staged in the light-filled atrium at the Mizzymead Road school.
There are 163 classes with 16 trophies and many Daffodil Society medals and diplomas presented.
For 2019 there were the usual open and members-only classes with 48 classes just for daffodils.
And sections for floral art, cut flowers, pot plants, vegetables, cookery, photography, handicrafts and special classes sponsored by Nailsea Community Trust for children which include plate decoration and pizza baking.
In the 1920s a class of ‘mounting cabbage white butterflies on stiff cardboard’ was popular with schoolboys!
Joint show secretaries Martyn and Jane Knight, pictured topm said the eariler date was because of a prior booking at the Mizzymead Road secondary school.

The summer show also at Nailsea School is on Saturday, August 3.

RESULTS

Trophies

Barbara Randall Trophy most points in members’ classes William Knight; Daffodil Society Centenary Trophy best exhibit in Class I Rodney Veale; Thelma Howes Memorial Trophy most points in daffodil classes Terry Miller; Jim Tigwell Trophy best exhibit in Class 2 Rodney Veale; Frank Calcraft Memorial Trophy best exhibit in Class 3 Jennifer Phillips; RN Coate Cup winner of Class 4 Rodney Veale; Tom Greenwood Trophy most points in horticultural classes other than daffodils Christine Foster; Dorothyu Lucas Trophy most points in photography classes Graham Parson; Federated Trophy most points in floral art Carol Tovell; Zena Hart Trophy most points in handicrafts Trudie Jenner.

 

Children

Little Egypt WI Trophy best exhibit in children’s classes Raiva Robertson; u5s Ayda Winks; 5-7 years Cici Robertson; 8-11 Riaya Robertson.

 

Daffodil Society

Bronze medal best exhibit in daffodil classes Rodney Veale; diploma for best bloom in daffodil classes Terry Miller; best vase of three blooms in daffodil classes Rodney Veale, best daffodil in members’ classes William Knight.

 

Nailsea Society Diplomas

Best bloom in Division 1, 2 and 4 Rodney Veale; Division 3 and 5-12 Terry Miller, best miniature bloom Ros Mizen and best bloom in members’ classes William Knight.  

Palace grounds

Nailsea & District Horticultural Society have invited Bishop’s Palace head gardener James Cross to their next meeting.
Mr Cross will talk about the history and future of these lovely gardens in Wells on Wednesday, April 10.
The monthly meeting on Wednesday 8 May has been rearranged from earlier in the year.
Chris and Judy Yates will share their enthusiasm for plants and gardening with a talk on Your Garden in Close Up - using the camera in the garden.
All meeting are at Nailsea United Reformed Church Hall, Stockway North starting at 7.30pm.
Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. 
All will be made very welcome.
The Spring Flower Show is on Saturday, March 30, at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea.
Details about monthly meetings and other information about N&DHS can be found on its website by clicking HERE.

OPEN MORNING: This beautiful garden at Southfield Farm, Backwell is open on Thursday morning, February 21, to raise funds for charity under the National Garden Scheme. Southfield Farm on the main road just up from the leisure centre (post code BS48 3PE if needed). The gardens are open between 10am-1 pm. Entry is £4 per adult and children are free. There is also tea/coffee and homemade cake for sale. All proceeds to charity. The owners have put some fun things in the wood for children to have a play on and there is loads of outside space to blow away some winter cobwebs. For more details click HERE.

DAFF DAYS: Although it is only February daffodils are beginning to bloom at Tyntesfield the National Trust property near Nailsea. Daffodils the first sign of spring. The sunny, yellow daffodils are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived! The bright happy flowers are the first to pop out of the ground giving folks a welcome sign to spring. ... plant the bulbs in the fall and they will bloom in early spring. To learn more go to the What's On dropdown menu for the Tyntesfield page or click HERE.

At Play In The Woods

Play In The Woods is a forest school near Nailsea.

It hosts events for all ages at its site Brickyard Wood site at Brockley Lane, Chelvey BS48 4AH. 

Established in 2008 the forest school group has only recently acquired its woodland.

To find out more click HERE.

WILD THINGS: These wild flowers, pictured, have been grown to go into Nailsea Pollinator Garden which is behind Waitrose and opposite Wessex Water. They include knapweed, scabiosa, agrimony, musk mallow, ox-eyed daisies and selfheal. Environmentalist Gill Brown said: "We will also be planting a selection of bee friendly bulbs in the raised bed so it should look gorgeous, and be buzzing with life in the spring." And if you fancy a walk on the wild side Ty Sculpture Trail is looking stunning with its autumnal colours. Access through Jacklands Fishing Lakes.

Festive fare for Nailsea gardeners

On Wednesday, December 12, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society hosts its ever-popular gardening quiz, with a special emphasis on Christmas with festive refreshments.

All monthly meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed church hall, Stockway North at 7.30pm. 

Admission is £2 for members, £3 for non-members and includes refreshments.  

All will be made very welcome.

For more information go to N&DHS website by clicking HERE.​

Trendlewood Park

Trendlewood Park Presentation 2018 is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 30 at Nailsea Tithe Barn. 

Nailsea people are invited to this third annual presentation of the wildlife and work carried out in Trendlewood Park, Nailsea.

It has been a more than usually eventful year on the park, with heavy late snow, followed by extensive flooding of the wetland area, and then a long period of drought. Several trees fell during storms and a fire damaged one of the meadows.

A start has been made on the management of the 700 metre long 'Kenn hedge', which grows along the eastern boundary of the park and between Nailsea and Backwell parishes.

In 2018, the park was awarded the Green Flag for the seventh consecutive year, indicating that it is a well managed and accessible green open space. 

Photographer, Andrew Town has again taken photos throughout the year to illustrate the wealth of wildlife to be found in the park.

This year, he will show how the many projects undertaken by the volunteer group over the years, such as hedge and tree planting, tree felling, coppicing and meadow creation have contributed to the gradual improvement in habitats and wildlife, with new species spotted quite frequently.

Admission is £4 including refreshments.

Cheese and wine AGM

Nailsea & District Horticultural Society annual meeting on Wednesday, November 11, presents a report on the activities of the society during the past year  followed by a cheese and wine social evening.

All monthly meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed church hall, Stockway North at 7.30pm. 

Admission is £2 for members, £3 for non-members and includes refreshments.   All will be made very welcome.

For more information go to N&DHS website by clicking HERE.

  • Nailsea & District Gardeners' Association sale of fertilisers, composts and other gardening sundries is 10am-noon on Saturday, October 13 at the hut at the Wareham Close entrance to Whitesfield Road allotments.

Better Nailsea

From Saturday, October 13, Better Nailsea litter picks and meetings will be on the second Saturday of every month.

The litter picks will meet 10am-noon followed by a meeting from noon-2pm.

This will give the group a greater opportunity to meet afterwards for a drink and get to know each other. Here are the Saturday dates:

2018
  • October 13

  • November 10

  • December,15

 
2019
  • January 12

  • February 9

  • March 9

  • April 13

  • May 11

  • June 8

  • July 13

  • August 10

  • September 14

  • October 12

  • November 9

  • December 14

 

​All meetings are open to all and are at Number 65, High Street.

The group does not just litter pick - it has a naturalist garden project and has helped with a student sculpture contest - so people are invited to bring their ideas to make Nailsea a better place to live and work.

For more information email at betternailsea@gmail.com.

Next Nailsea litter pick

Swap your shopping basket for a black bag and for a couple of hours help make Nailsea town centre look spick and span.

If the Wombles could clean Wimbledon Common if would be lovely if Nailsea people could come together and help clear the town centre car parks and paths of rubbish.

The Better Nailsea group has organised its next litter pick for Monday, September 3, 10am-noon, and all are welcome to join in this friendly group of socially-minded environmentalists.

Go to 65 High Street to collect equipment.

For more information email betternailsea@gmail.com.

Vote, vote, vote for Trendlewood park

Vote for your favourite park in North Somerset and show how the UK loves parks.

The experts have had their say and in July gave these six open spaces a prestigious Green Flag Award:

  • Portishead Lake Grounds;

  • Prince Consort Gardens, Weston-super-Mare;

  • Abbots Pool, Abbots Leigh;

  • Watchhouse Hill, Pill;

  • Trendlewood Community Park in Nailsea; and

  • Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve.

Now, the award scheme is asking the nation to have its say and decide which parks and green spaces should receive the People's Choice Award for being the UK's favourites.

Whether you enjoy visiting a park or green space to play football, walk the dog, exercise or simply get away from the hustle and bustle, if you think your favourite deserves to be in the top 10 People's Choice then cast your vote.

All you have to do is go to www.greenflagaward.org find your park on the winners map and click the voting button.

Once you've registered your vote, why not encourage others to get involved too through social media using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice.

North Somerset Council executive member whose portfolio includes environment Peter Bryant said: "We're very proud of our green spaces and I would encourage everyone to vote for their favourite."

Voting opened on Saturday, September 1 and closed on Sunday, September 30, with the top 10 sites being announced on Tuesday, October 16.

Green Flag award manager Paul Todd said: "This year ,1,883 parks and green spaces met the tough standards demanded by our Green Flag Award judges but we want to know which parks the UK public love the most.

"The People's Choice award is a chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. If it’s worth shouting about, make your voice heard and vote now."

To find out more about the Nailsea park and the team of volunteers who keep it in tip top shape click HERE.

BARE BRANCHES: Strewth it looks like a scene from Apocalypse Now as the trees next to the Glass Maker pub have been given a short, back and sides. Casting an eerie silhouette it isn't a particulary pretty sight but no doubt like the London plane trees in the shopping precinct they will recover from this radical pruning?

Nailsea summer flower show

August 2018

The very first flower show in Nailsea was way back in 1853.

It was held in a field near the church – which one is unclear - but what is known is it was a mild summer’s day and an abundance of local grown produce was on display in two large tents with the sounds of the Hinton Brass Band playing in the background.

Nowadays it falls on Nailsea & District Horticultural Society to keep the village traditions alive and they stage two annual shows – in the spring and in August.

The 2018 summer show on Saturday, August 4, in the atrium of Nailsea School was held on one of the hottest days of the year and if the produce weren't wilting the visitors were.

Doors opened to the public at noon and the event closed after all the trophies and prizes were presented at 5pm.

This year there are 274 classes in total for all ages with flowers, vegetables, fruit, cookery, photography and handicrafts with special classes for children.

Avon Wildlife Trust and Nailsea Farmers' Market stalls were set up in the foyer along with a plant sale.

Cream teas and ice creams were served and the Filton Brass Band played.

More than 400 visitors came to view the displays.

Joint show secretaries Martyn Davis and Jane Knight supported by a willing band of stalwarts put the show together and manned the refreshments.

Martyn said: "The number of entries in the horticultural classes, particularly cut flowers, was down slightly compared with last year.

"This isn’t surprising after the recent hot weather which has made growing conditions very difficult, but the standard remained high.

"Talented Clevedon growers Sue and Jeff Withers had a number of 'best exhibits'.

"Sue won best exhibit in the cut flower classes and Jeff won the vegetables and sweet pea sections.

"Nailsea cricket fan Tony Willoughby won the prize for best exhibit in the pot plant classes and my wife Val had best exhibits in dahlia and gladiolus classes."

Retired Golden Valley Primary School deputy head teacher Joanna Hopkinson won her first trophy in the craft class with her piste de resistance a horses head made out of driftwood.

And Nailsea town councillor Jane Holt was captured on camera doing her day job at Waitrose supermarker which won a second price for the photographer GJ Parsons.

These classes were sponsored by the family of the late Alan Barber who was himself and excellent cameraman.

  • After the August break talks resume on Wednesday, September 12, with a change to the advertised programme. Dr Anne Bebbington, who trained as a botanist and worked for more than 30 years for the Field Studies Council and as an environmental educator, together with her husband John, a zoologist and photographer, will speak about the Fruits Of Autumn. The Nailsea & District Horticultural Society monthly meeting is at Nailsea United Reformed church hall, Stockway North at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members, £3 for non-members and includes refreshments.  All will be made very welcome.

  • Nailsea & District Gardeners' Association sale of fertilisers, composts and other gardening sundries is 10am-noon on Saturdays, August 11, September 8 and October 13 at the hut at the Wareham Close entrance to Whitesfield Road allotments.

  • The 2019 spring show is on Saturday, March 30 at Nailsea School

For further information go to the society's website by clicking HERE.

​RESULTS SUMMER 2018

 

JOHN WEEKS MEMORIAL PLAQUE most points in members’ classes Val Davis; NAILSEA TOWN COUNCIL TROPHY most points in allotment holders’ classesColin Griffin; ROBERT HOBBS TROPHY most points in horticultural classes I-98 Val Davis; COTTAGERS’ CUP most points in vegetables classes I-35 Ivor Marshall; NAYLSEY PLATE best exhibit in vegetables classes 1-34 Jeff Withers; RAYMOND RANDALL TROPHY most points in potato and onion classes JJ Williams; BOB VANCE TROPHY no winner of class 35 collection of peas and/or beans; REG HARVEY MEMORIAL TROPHY best exhibit in cut flowers classes 37-71 Sue Withers; TOM AND EDITH GREENWOOD TROPHY most points in classes 46–72 Jeff Withers; ERIC AND MARY ROBINS AWARD most points in dahlia classes 37–45 Graham Mizzen; ENID GILES TROPHY most points in roses classes 61-64 Miss C Foster; DICK MITCHELL CUP most points in sweet pea classes 65-67 and M4 Jeff Withers; EDITH BALSDON TROPHY best rose exhibit no winner;  JIM LORD TROPHY best gladiolus exhibit Val Davis; THATCHER CUP best exhibit in class 72 collection of flowers Jeff Withers; HARRY BENNET MEMORIAL TROPHY most points in pot plants classes 74-89 Val Davis; GORDON ADAIR CUP best exhibit in pot plant classes 74-89 Tony Willoughby; MRS GORDON ADAIR CUP best exhibit class 74 three pot plants no winner; BILL& EILEEN COPESTAKE PLANTED CONTAINERS AWARD Sue Irwin; BRISTOL GARDENERS Assn CURTIS CUP best exhibit in planted containers classes 90-92 Miss C Foster; FRANK CALCRAFT MEMORIAL CUP most points in fruit classes 93-98 Lorna O`Sullivan; MARY FILMER MEMORIAL TROPHY best use of plant material in floral art  Mrs HM Glanville; DE BUNCE CUP best exhibit in floral art classes 100-104 Carol Tovell; SYLVIA PULLIN TROPHY most points in novice’s floral art class 104 Catherine Dumbell; HP LUCAS CUP most points in cookery classes 120-138 Jocelyn Smith; CIS WEEKS COOKERY VOUCHER best exhibit in cookery classes 120-138 Mrs C Harper; JESSE AND PHYLLIS WILLIAMS TROPHY most points in cookery and preserves classes 120-151 Jocelyn Smith; MAKEPEACE TROPHY most points in preserves classes 145-151 Jane Knight; PENNY SANTER AWARD best exhibit in handicraft classes Mrs PF Adams; AUDREY BAKER TROPHY most points in handicrafts classes 162-175 Joanna Hopkinson; MERCURY CHALLENGE CUP most points in photography classes 184-190 Mr GJ Parsons.

 

CHILDREN'S CLASSES 
BEST EXHIBIT IN CHILDREN’S CLASSES four years and under Henry Morgan; five to seven years Raiya Robertson; eight to 11 years Kathryn Morgan, 12-16 years Lucy Trump.MOST POINTS IN CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY –12 years and under Edith Davies; 12-16 years Lucy Trump; MOST POINTS IN CHILDREN’S HANDICRAFTS four and under Henry Morgan; five to seven years Raiya Robertson, eight to 11 years Kathryn Morgan; 12-16 years Lucy Trump; MOST POINTS IN CHILDREN’S COOKERY eight to 11 years Kathryn Morgan; 12-16 years no winner.


MEDALS
NATIONAL VEGETABLE SOCIETY MEDAL best individual dish of vegetables Jeff Withers; RHS BANKSIAN MEDAL most points in horticultural classes Val Davis; NATIONAL SWEET PEA SOCIETY MEDAL best exhibit in sweet pea classes Jeff Withers; and NATIONAL DAHLIA SOCIETY BRONZE MEDAL best exhibit in dahlia classes Val Davis.

Nailsea summer flower show