Flower peeps

2020

Nailsea and District Horticultural Society and 
other environmentally-friendly 'green' groups

The flower show went on...

In 2019 Nailsea & District Horticultural Society annual summer show was wall-to-wall people and flowers but for 2020 it was a different reality while living under Covid-19 restrictions.

Last summer the displays at Nailsea School atrium attracted more than 550 visitors and there were 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.

But for 2020 the show went on but not in the format we know - it was set up on Facebook!

Viewing how our garden grew became a virtual display online of horticultural produce and floral exhibits.

The virtual flower show finale on Saturday, August 8, was put together by four gallant garden fans Carol Eskell, Sarah Goulty, Sarah Hearne and Keith Norwood with the blessing of Nailsea & District Horticultural Society who were responsible for past events.

This year there are 17 different classes including vegetables, fruit, flowers, cake decoration, handicraft and children’s classes with three sections devoted to photography.

The fun element was included but there was no Filton Concert Brass Band or presentation of the silver polished trophies.

Instead winners got an artistic certificate to frame.

The first Nailsea flower show was in 1853 and apart from two world wars has run annually nearly every year since.

Usually ‘daffodils’ dominate the spring show and in the summertime fruit and veg come to the fore.

Spokesman for the fab four Sarah Hearne said: “We had nearly 100 entries.

“The most popular classes were the Local Nature photography class with 23 entries and the handicraft class with 16 entries.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part in the show.

“We've been really overwhelmed with the response.

“The 91 entries have been amazing - so many talented people.”

This is the results from the public vote with advice from guest judges cake baker Irina Ivanova, Jenn Pera and Ann Belcher and Lauren Poole for the great graphics.

Jenn the new owner of Flower Bee Florist chose the floral art winner.

She said: "The use of the flowers to create and emphasise the lighthouse was stunning.

“The colours coordinated brilliantly and it was a floral embodiment of summer, well done."
Sarah Hearne added: “It’s goodbye from the Nailsea Virtual Show Committee for 2020, and hopefully for ever.

“Please stay safe and hopefully we’ll be back to normal next year.”

Backwell Camera Club judge Ann Belcher chose the photography for best in show.

Ann said: “It is a simple image which excellently interprets Nailsea In Lockdown where household members re-engage with nature on their daily walks.

“The two in young people in red instantly draw the eye and are surrounded by uncluttered green - the complementary colour"
Congratulations to Janet Harris for taking this photo!

You can view all photographs on Facebook HERE.

SUMMER 2020 RESULTS

CLASS 1 - MIXED VEGETABLES
Entry 3 - Neal Hatch

CLASS 3 - MIXED FLOWERS
Entry 3 - Neal Hatch

CLASS 4 - MIXED HERBS
Entry 1 - Louise Dumbell

CLASS 5 - HOUSE PLANTS
TIE Entries 6 and 8 - Katherine Dumbell and Jude Cowen

CLASS 6 - OUTDOOR CONTAINERS
Entry 1 - Karen Clarke

CLASS 7 - FUNNY VEGETABLE
Entry 1 - Ian Mottram

CLASS 8 - FLORAL ART
Entry 1 - Louise Dumbell

CLASS 9 - CAKE DECORATION
Entry 1 - Becky Grace

CLASS 10 - HANDICRAFT
Entry 14 - Isla Stark (aged 11)

CLASS 11 - IMAGINARY ANIMALS
Entry 1 - Ayda Searle (aged 5)

CLASS 12 - BOX GARDEN
Entry 1 - Cleo Winks (aged 7)

CLASS 15 - PHOTOGRAPHY: NAILSEA IN LOCKDOWN
Entry 9 - Graham Parsons

CLASS 16 - PHOTOGRAPHY: LOCAL NATURE
Entry 23 - Isla Stark (aged 11)

CLASS 17 - PHOTOGRAPHY: HAVING FUN
Entry 2 - Lianne Speight

Nailsea gets better and better

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.

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.

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.’

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

PREVIEW: 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 is on Saturday, August 4, in the atrium of Nailsea School.

Doors open to the public at noon and the event closes after all the trophies and prizes have been 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.

Cream teas will be served, and Filton Brass Band will be playing.

Admission is £2 for adults with children and society members free.

Schedules are available from PS Travel, Station Road, or Nailsea library at Somerset Square.

Or you can download the 26-page document HERE.

For more information go to the society’s website by clicking HERE.

Photographs from the 2017 summer and spring show are in the Nailsea People Gallery 2017.

Nailsea park flies green flag

A Nailsea park has been named one of the best green open spaces by an environmental watchdog.

Six parks and open spaces in North Somerset will proudly fly the Green Flag this year.

Trendlewood Community Park is one of 1,797 parks, gardens, cemeteries, universities, museums, hospitals, shopping centres and canals nationwide to have met the tough criteria.

The other local sites are:

  • Portishead Lake Grounds;

  • Prince Consort Gardens,Weston-super-Mare;

  • Abbots Pool, Abbots Leigh;

  • Watchhouse Hill, Pill; and

  • Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve.

The Green Flag is awarded by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy in recognition of the best parks and green spaces in the country.

North Somerset Council executive member for parks and open spaces Peter Bryant who is ward councillor for Uphil was thrilled with the results.

He said: "We know how important quality green spaces are to our residents and visitors.

“There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into maintaining these sites to such a high standard and I would like to thank our contractors Glendale, Somerset Wood Recycling and all the wonderful volunteers in the various 'Friends' groups for their contribitions.”

This year more than 37 million people in this country will visit a park, five million more than voted in June’s General Election.

The Green Flag Award is a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park and with many people increasingly relying on their local park as a place to exercise, relax and have fun, quality green space has never been more important.

Research shows that people will only visit a park if they perceive it to be clean and safe and the Green Flag Award is an easy way for the public to see at a glance that their park meets the highest standards.

Among this year’s new entries are the community garden at London’s Tate Modern and the grounds of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Also raising the Green Flag for the first time this year is Milton Keynes which is celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Awards are being presented at ceremonies this week in Hull, Derby, Reading and Watford.

PHOTO: Friends of Trendlewood Community Park and Somerset Wood Recycling team with their Green Flag

Pine 'pining' for equator?

The latest summer sun has taken its toll on some of the foliage in Nailsea especially it seems at the old police station site currently being developed for sheltered housing.

Leaning at odd angles and with wilting cone leaves Nailsea People asked tree expert Terry Smith if one of the trees is a Cook Pine which are known to grow at peculiar angles.

This say scientists is because they tilt towards the equator.

Mr Smith, author of Trees In And Around Nailsea, visited the Stockway South site twice.

He said: “I had a look at the pine tree this morning. 

“I couldn't get close as there is a big fence in the way.

“However, I still think that it must be a Corsican Pine.

“It has characteristic whorled (spiral or move in a twisted and convoluted fashion) branches as seen on the Corsican Pines on the island bed opposite to Christ Church.

“It is also found near to the Tesco supermarket (page 22 in my book) and close to the nature reserve at Moorend Spout (page 25). 

“It seems that a several of the really interesting trees - Welllingtonia and Swamp Cypress - at the old police station may have been felled.”

See our property pages for the latest on the McCarthy & Stone development and details of the apartments which are being marketed now.

Contact Mr Smith on t.a.smith@blueyonder.co.uk for a £5 copy of his 50-page full colour book sponsored by Nailsea Town Council.

To read more about the McCarthy & Stone development go to the property peeps page by clicking HERE.

Answer time for Nailsea gardeners

 

A break for August talks resume on Wednesday, September 12, Robin and June Small talk about fruit for the small garden at Nailsea & District Horticultural Society month meeting.

This 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.

The summer show is on Saturday, August 4 at Nailsea School - schedules are available at PS Travel and Nailsea Library.

Full details and entry forms are also available on the society’s website by clicking HERE or you can download the programme HERE.

For photos, report and result of past show go to Flower Peeps page on this website.

  • 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.

Earlybird MP visit nature reserve

North Somerset MP Liam Fox was an earlybird when he had a preview of Moorend Spout Nature Reserve at Nailsea the day before its open day.

Lots of people enjoyed getting up close to nature with pond dipping and bug hunts.

Nailsea Environment Wildlife Trust (NEWT) first open day was on Saturday but Dr Fox and friends had a conducted tour on the Friday.

NEWT has made a number of improvements at the reserve, which sits between Tickenham and Nailsea, including adding a raised wooden boardwalk over the stream, two large ponds and a barn owl box.

Wildflower meadows have also been created to attract wildlife to the area.

The site is owned and managed by NEWT which took on the nature reserve in 2009.

Workdays are held on the first Saturday of each month, when volunteers undertake a range of management tasks.

The little bit of nature right in the middle of Nailsea which covers an area of 3/4 acre and provides a home for a variety of birds, mammals, insects and other mini-beasts, plants, amphibians and fungi was once a sandstone quarry dating back to 1800s.

Nature reserve open day

Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust (Newt) invite you to an open day at Moorend Spout nature reserve on Saturday, June 9, 10am-4pm but warns people to wear stout shoes.

Activities include playing with Pooh sticks, trees quiz, nature colouring and 'wishing tree' throughout the day.

While trustees will be at the six acre site throughout the day to show people around and point out areas of interest.

They have also scheduled events which will be drop-in sessions.

Timing of sessions may vary slightly subject to weather conditions and number of people attending. 

  • Pond dipping 11am; 

  • Birds and butterflies walk with Paul Tainton 11am-1pm;

  • Bug hunting with Tony Smith from noon-1pm; and

  • Pond dipping 2pm

And for a small donation refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Please note there are no toilet facilties at the nature reserve and as there is deep water so children must be supervised at all times.

If you are going along it is advised to wear wellies or walking boots, as the ground is often wet, and trousers, due to the long grasses.

Moorend Spout nature reserve is located off Pound Lane to the north of Nailsea.

For more information click HERE.

BETTER NAILSEA

eco friendly group supported by Waitrose Nailsea

Please note the litter picking day has been changed from Saturday to Monday.

The next litter pick is Monday, July 2, from 10am and the next meeting is on Wednesday, July 5 at 3pm.

Tools and gloves as well as meeting at 65 High Street

For further information email Waitrose Nailsea community partner Lisa Davidson on CommunityMattersNailsea@waitrose.co.uk

GARDENERS STALL: Transition Town Nailsea plant and seed swap is on Saturday, May 26, 10.30am-12.30pm at the High Street community garden. Nailsea people are invited to bring any of their spare seeds or plants to swap or to come and see what's growing. For more details email carolepritchard26@gmail.com.

Butterflies and bees garden

Environmentalists from the Better Nailsea group supported by Waitrose supermarket and Nailsea Town Council have built a Community Pollinator Garden. 
Gill Brown, who is leading the project and took the photos, said: “It is really good to see all our hard work beginning to pay off and really pleased with our raised bed built by Somerset Wildlife Products.

“This will be planted with cottage garden perennials to attract bees and butterflies.”
Wildlife photographer Colin Higgins was one of those who helped.
He said: “I am glad to have played a part in helping promote gardening for pollinators. 
“A huge thank you also goes to James Brine, of Redwood Design Ltd, who assisted me with the build and Avril's Fencing & Timber Products who made sure the materials turned up on site at the right time. 
“Now for the planting, that I hope I can get involved with too.”
The garden is under the arches at Crown Glass Shopping Centre near School Togs.

BLUE CANOPY: The bluebells are out this April at Towerhouse Lane Woods, Nailsea and eagle-eyed environmentalist Gill Brown who took the photographs also spotted a rare orchid growing among the flowers. If you go down to the woods today thread carefully please all nature lovers

Backwell Village Show

 

Backwell Village Show is on Saturday, September 15, from 2-5pm at the Parish Hall.
There will be classes for flowers, vegetables, floral and community displays, photography, baking and craft at this free event.
More details nearer the time about this child-friendly show...

And out came the daffodils

How the gardeners produced all those wonderful blooms for Nailsea & District Horticultural Society spring show goodness knows given the bad weather this year.
What with the worse of the winter snow in February and then again in March followed by heavy rain how could anything in the garden survive?
Well let Nailsea People let you into a little secret – most of the daffodils were grown in the greenhouse in pots!
Despite this leading exhibitor Ivor Clark, of Alveston, who usually sweeps the board with his blooms was unable to compete as his would-be entries were a casualty of the metrological menaces of 2018. 
This paved the way for rival garden expert Rodney Veale, of Kingston Seymour, fresh from his success at Yatton Village Show to win best in show in three categories.
With Easter coming early the show staged in the sunlight-filled atrium at Nailsea School was magnificent and despite the inclement climes some of the best-ever spring flowers, vegetables and craftwork filled the space.
With 163 classes and a clutch of trophies to be won there was lots of competition for prizes.
Joint show secretary Martyn Davis said: “We had 640 entries, 100 more than last year which is excellent.
“We were thinking a few weeks back we wouldn’t see any daffodils as the weather was so bad but in the last couple of weeks they began to come good.
“I think the judges were quite pleased and making comments like ‘although everything was late, everything that is here is of a good quality’.”
The Easter school holidays were credited with the big increase in the number of children’s entries from 70 in 2017 to 111 this year and the judge said the standard was ‘exceptional’, added Mr Davis.
His sentiments were echoed by fellow show secretary Jane Knight.
She said: “It has been a wonderful show and we are so impressed with the number of children entering far more than we have ever had and lots more new faces getting really interested in what is a traditional village show.”

Diary date: the summer show is at the same venue is on Saturday, August 4.

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SPRING 2018
RESULTS

 

Trophies
BARBARA RANDALL TROPHY most points in members’ classes, Valerie Davis; DAFFODIL SOCIETY CENTENARY TROPHY best exhibit in Class I, Rodney Veale; THELMA HOWES MEMORIAL TROPHY most points in daffodil classes, Rodney Veale. JIM TIGWELL TROPHY best exhibit in Class 2, Rodney Veale; FRANK CALCRAFT MEMORIAL TROPHY best exhibit in Class 3, Terry Miller; RN COATE CUP winner of Class 4, Rodney Veale; TOM GREENWOOD TROPHY most points in horticultural classes other than daffodils, John Chinn; DOROTHY LUCAS TROPHY most points in domestic classes, Jane Knight; PHOTOGRAPHY TROPHY most points in photography classes, Graham Parsons; FEDERATED TROPHY most points in floral art, Mrs CA Tovell; ZENA HART TROPHY most points in handicrafts, C Graeme-Wilson.


Children
LITTLE EGYPT WI TROPHY best exhibit in children’s classes, Raiya Robertson; CHILDREN'S TROPHY U5, Henry Morgan; CHILDREN'S TROPHY 5-7 years: Cici Robertson; CHILDREN'S TROPHY 8-11 years, Ed Rutherford; CHILDREN'S TROPHY 12-16 years, Lucy Trump.


Daffodil Society
Bronze medals for best exhibit in daffodil classes, Rodney Veale; Reserve best exhibit in daffodil classes, Rodney Veale. Diplomas for best bloom in daffodil classes, Ros Mizen; Best vase of 3 blooms in daffodil classes, John Hamblin; Best daffodil exhibit in members’ classes, Valerie Davis

 

Nailsea Society Diplomas
Best bloom in Division 1, John Hamblin; Best bloom in Division 2, Rodney Veale; Best bloom in Division 3, Rodney Veale; Best bloom in Division 4, Rodney Veale; Best bloom in Divisions 5-12, Ros Mizen; Best miniature bloom, Basil Biillinger; Best bloom in members’ classes, William Knight.

Nailsea Horticultural Society

After all the snow, wind and rain will there be any flowers left to make a display  on Saturday, April 7, at Nailsea & District Horticultural Society spring show?

Well judging by the hardy daffodils along Queens Road and Mizzymead Road it should be fine whatever the weather.

The spring show at Nailsea School is open to the public 12.30-5.30pm.

Diary date: the summer show at same venue is on Saturday, August 4.

Photos from past shows can be found in Nailsea People galleries.

Download a 14-page schedule by clicking HERE or pop into Nailsea Library or PS Travel for a printed version.

And on Wednesday, April 11, expert grower John Nicholass will talk on fuchsias and how to grow them successfully to keen gardeners and allotment holders from Nailsea Horticultural Society.

On Wednesday, May 9, experienced gardener Gilly Hayward gives practical advice on the perennial issue of pruning.

Monthly meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed church hall, at 7.30pm.

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

All will be made very welcome.

Further details about meetings and other information about the society can be found on its website by clicking HERE.

National Garden Scheme

Pamela and Alan Lewis are opening their beautiful garden at Southfield Farm for charity on two separate dates.

The two acre owner-designed garden is full of mixed shrubs and herbaceous borders.

With winter colour and scent provided by aconites, heathers, snowdrops, hellebores and more.

There are courtyards, terrace, orchard, vegetable and herb gardens.

Paths through native meadow to woodland garden and large wildlife pond with bird hides.

Home-made teas served in the Indoor tearooms in old stable yard.

Southfield Farm is on the Farleigh Road on the A370, 500 yards past the  George Inn towards Weston-super-Mare.

The farm which has a large car park is directly off the main road on the right.

The February date has gone now and the next opportunity is on  Thursday, March 22, 11am-3pm.

Admission £4, children free.

For more information click HERE.

Wheelchair access to most areas on grass paths but some gravel and steps.

BETTER NAILSEA

eco friendly group supported by Waitrose Nailsea

Please note the litter picking day has been changed from Saturday to Monday.

The Better Nailsea gardener Gill Brown presented an idea for path/sleepers for £950 and the group is to receive a grant from Nailsea Town Council biodiversity budget.

Watch this space for news of a new Better Nailsea website.

For further information email Waitrose Nailsea community partner Lisa Davidson on CommunityMattersNailsea@waitrose.co.uk

diary dates

  • recycling stall 9am-1pm Saturday, March 17 at Nailsea Farmers' Market

  • litter pick meeting point 65 High Street 10am-noon on Monday, April 9 at 10am to collect equipment

  • Next afternoon meeting at No 65 High Street is on Wednesday, April 11 at 3pm

Waste not, want not community

 

Transition Town Nailsea is part of a global movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.

It aims to promote the ideals of the Transition Network a global movement of people meeting the challenges of climate change and peak oil by promoting sustainable living and building community resilience.

Nailsea People are invited to join the expanding TTN group.

It hopes to make our area more environmentally friendly by responding to peak oil challenges and encouraging people to be more aware of the opportunities for change.

In Nailsea they have planted a small community orchard on Trendlewood and have a tiny vegetable bed at Link Road, where they give away harvested produce and hold seed swaps in late spring and summer.

TTN also organise a yearly Wassail in January as well as an annual Apple Day in October.

The  next meeting is at The Old Farmhouse on Wednesday, February  28, at 7.30pm to discuss the first seed swap of the year.

Go to its Facebook page to learn more or click HERE.

It is daffodil time in Nailsea

On Wednesday, March 14, Nailsea Horticultural Society will look forward to warmer spring days when Chris and Judy Yates share their enthusiasm for daffodils and other bulbs.  

And on Wednesday, April 11,  expert grower John Nicholass will talk on fuchsias and how to grow them successfully.

All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed church hall, commencing at 7.30pm.

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

All will be made very welcome.

Further details about monthly meetings and other information about the society can be found on its website by clicking HERE.

The spring show at Nailsea School is on Saturday, April 7, and it open to the public 12.30-5.30pm.

Diary date: the summer show at same venue is on Saturday, August 4.

Photos from past shows can be found in Nailsea People galleries.

Download a 14-page schedule by clicking HERE or pop into Nailsea Library or PS Travel for a printed version.

Sweet smelling Valentine’s Day 


From roses to gardenia on Wednesday, February 14, Nailsea Horticultural Society local grower Don Everitt will give an illustrated talk about fragrance in the garden.   
The meeting is at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. 
Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. 
Visitors are very welcome.

Growing roses

Nailsea Horticultural Society starts its 2018 programme on Wednesday, January 10 by welcoming champion grower Ivor Mace to share his knowledge about roses and how to grow them.  

The meeting at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall, starts at 7.30pm.

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

CHRISTMAS BEETLE: On Wednesday, December 13, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society will be hosting a festive beetle drive. There will be carol singing, mince pies and mulled wine at the United Reformed church hall, Stockway North from 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members which includes refreshments. Everyone is very welcome.

Charge for paper cups

While it is lovely Costa is introducing festive Christmas paper cups in Nailsea environmentalists are unhappy with the amount of throwaway rubbish this creates.

Please note Costa is not the only local culprit to serve take out drinks in paper cups.
The UK’s addiction to coffee means that every year 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away.

An online petition to introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups has so far collected more than 50,000 signatures.

Scott Emery who started the petition said: “We probably think that these are recycled but the truth is that is the fate of fewer than 1 in 400, the rest ending up on landfill sites instead.

“If you were to lay all these cups from end to end they would wrap around the world 2.5 times.”

The introduction of a 5p charge on carrier bags in 2015 saw an enormous 83 per cent reduction in use.

That alone shows that change is possible.

Mr Emery added: “Let’s introduce this charge and encourage people to bring in a reusable cup to coffee shops for their daily caffeine routine.

“Recently a trial was done by Cardiff University which proved a small charge would massively reduce the huge piles of waste that we create every year.

“This simple change would do huge amounts for the environment and create long-term sustainability:

“Millions of trees are cut down for this every year, destroying billions of animal’s homes, worsening our air quality and wasting tonnes of energy.

“I know if enough people sign this petition we can get this law introduced. If you want to protect our world, please sign this petition and help us force the Government to take action.”

You can sign the petition which will be delivered to Michael Gove MP and Greg Clark MP by clicking HERE.

News from Better Nailsea

Biffa has not been doing its best the Better Nailsea group headed by Waitrose community partner Lisa Davidson has discovered.

North Somerset Council waste minimisation officer Chris Clarke told the group Biffa is contracted to collect recyclable material from the Clevedon Road car park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and its brief is to clear up around the recycling units during their visits.

It has been found that sometimes they are not completing the tasks like failing to empty half full bins and not cleaning up around the units.

The council is now monitoring the situation and it will update the signage.

The flytipping of larger items has become a problem since the opening hours were reduced at Backwell Recycling Centre.

Another problem area for rubbish is the skatepark and the removable of the hedge and the addition of extra bins has been actioned by Nailsea Town Council.

Better Nailsea is hoping to achieve 'gold status' with its Parish Recycling Scheme to qualify for a £2,500 council grant.

The group unanimously agreed that it would be beneficial to invite anyone local who needs to do community service to join its litter picks.

The Better Nailsea meetings are moving to 65 High Street - the new community hub.

The next date is Wednesday 3-4pm, January 10.

The next litter pick is on Saturday 10am-noon, November 18 meeting at Clevedon Road car park.

Tickenham violets in blue

 

The annual meeting of Nailsea & District Horticultural Society is on Wednesday, November 8, at the URC hall, Silver Street starting at 7.30pm.

After the formal business Joan Chapman will talk about Tickenham Violets.

The late Jean Burrows was a school teacher who lived in Tickenham.

In 1986, when Tickenham decided to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Doomesday Book by undertaking some research about the village, Jean decided to research the growing of the Clevedon violets.

So began many years of painstaking work and she discovered that some of the old varieties were still growing in the village.

She propagated many varieties herself and finally became recognised as holding the National Collection of Viola odorata by the  National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens.

She had many articles published – by the National Horticultural Society and in magazines, wrote a book for Tickenham School and also took part in a BBC series – the Victorian Garden.

She also gave lectures and thanks to her, the Clevedon Violet became widely known. Jean died in March 2011.

There is no admission fee and free refreshments will be available.

All members and others will be made very welcome.

Pictured: The Violets grown by Jean Burrows.

GREAT GARDENING QUIZ: At its meeting on Wednesday, October 11, Nailsea Horticultural Society will be organising a gardening quiz social evening with DVD presentation. The meeting is at Nailsea URC hall, Stockway North commencing at 7.30pm. The admission fee of £2 for members and £3 for non-members includes free refreshments. All will be made very welcome.

CUT ABOVE: Friends of Trendlewood Park are going grass cutting and raking on Sunday, October 1, from  10am-1pm - volunteers need by the Nailsea group to help tidy the open space on the east of the town. All welcome. 

Flat pack rubbish idea

 

The weekend nearly floundered for the Better Nailsea environmentalists when the North Somerset Council recycling trailer was unable to set up at the farmers' market.

This was because a new road surface at the entrance of Crown Glass shopping centre barred its way.

Nailsea Town Council former assistant clerk Sue Walker stepped in to sort the bureaucracy and Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club provided the manpower and the situation was thankfully soon resolved.

Waitrose community partner Lisa Davidson who steers the committee said: "A heartfelt thank you to those who helped."

She was further cheered when four new recruits joined the group which strives to make Nailsea a better place to work, rest and play.

Moving forward a more modern way of recycling was discussed and member Chris Broughton suggested buying a 'trash compactor' with the £2,500 parish recycling grant the group had been awarded.

Better Nailsea meetings have been moved to Wednesdays 3-4pm with further dates set as:

  • Wednesday, October 11;

  • Wednesday, November 8; and

  • Wednesday, January 10.

Better Nailsea litter picks are on Saturdays 10am-noon meeting at the Clevedon Road car park with the next dates as October 14 and November 18. 

The next recycle event with the North Somerset trailer is the farmers' market on Saturday, March 17 next year.

Litterpick update Nailsea

Waitrose community partner Lisa DavidsonI was thrilled by the turn out for the Better Nailsea litter pick on Saturday.

She said: "We had new people join us, who we met the week before at our recycle event in Nailsea.

"We achieved a lot in just two hours!

"Sadly, there seems to be an increase in litter and a couple from our group have written to and visited Nailsea Town Council to raise their concerns.

"Specifically the skate park area in Millennium Park has been in a terrible state.

"Nailsea Town Council has two additional yellow bins which will be installed soon and we have complained to North Somerset Council recycle and waste contracts official Andy Prestt about the overflowing bins in the Clevedon Road car park.

"Other areas our volunteers worked on are the pathways where students walk home from school."

The next litter pick will be 10am-noon Saturday, October 14, meeting at the Clevedon Road car park.

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Beautiful Backwell Village Show 2017

 

Between showers the beautiful Backwell Village Show on Saturday afternoon, September 16, managed to shine.

Staged in the WI and parish halls classes for floral art, flowers, vegetables, handicrafts and much more where on show.

Backwell and District Village Show chairman Don Everitt, who has been involved since the very beginning more than 30 years ago, was pleased with number of entries which included a bumper crops in children's classes.

In total there were 160 ckasses and lots of trophies to be won with prizes also for the best kept alloment and newcomers.

Secretary Lorna O'Sullivan said: "Despite the weather especially the wind and rain this week which played havoc with the flowers is has been a wonderful show."

In addition there was a fun family competition and a display of local community organisations.

The show supports many local groups with proceeds from refreshments and stalls in the WI Hall.

Full results to come.

Aliens land at Nailsea

There is a line in the film Colour Purple when Shug looks at Celie Harris Johnson, played by Whoopi Goldberg, and says ‘you sho is ugly’.

I think same thing when I look at the photo of this elephant hawk moth which has all the appearances of an alien creature.

It would surely win a prize at the ugly bug ball.

The elephant hawk moth is a large pink and olive green moth but it is the larvae that are often found in gardens.

The caterpillars are usually brown and reach 8cm in length with a ‘horn’ at one end.

Several Nailsea residents have reported finding the horror in their garden and one shopper came across the caterpillar on the crawl at Crown Glass shopping centre.

Extensive damage to garden plants is rare, but caterpillar feeding does cause some defoliation.

Angela Pitchers, who works for Brandon Trust, took the photo right in her Nailsea garden.

She said: "Oh yuck...it was really big.

"I have never seen anything like it."

While friend Joanna Palmer saw the creepy crawlie pictured below while in Nailsea town centre.

The caterpillars of this moth feed on a variety of plants including rosebay willowherb, Himalayan balsam and bedstraw.

In gardens they are most commonly found on fuchsia.

The English name of this insect is derived from the shape and behaviour of the caterpillar.

The head and thorax are distinctly more slender than the rest of the body and, this can be said to look like an elephant's trunk.

When alarmed, the caterpillar pulls its head into its thorax which becomes swollen; this causes the two pairs of eye spot markings at the front end of the body to become more prominent.

This gives the impression of a large false head, a defensive mechanism thought to make the caterpillar look snake-like and unappetising to its predators.

Since the caterpillars do most of their feeding at night they often go unnoticed until fully fed, when they crawl off the food plant and look for somewhere to pupate.

At this stage usually in late summer and autumn the caterpillars may be found on lawns or garden paths as they seek a place where they can burrow into the soil.

This insect overwinters as a pupa and emerges in May of the following year as a large (wing span 62-72mm) pink and olive green moth.

Like most moths the adults are night-flying and so often go unseen unless attracted to light.

Can you image accidently treading on the caterpillar, ugh worse than a slug...

Carol Deacon

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Nailsea In Bloom plaque
Ewan Martin with his sunflower
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Jacob Davey Turner with his sunflowe
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Last of Nailsea summer sunflowers

It is the last of the summer sunflowers at Nailsea with some having grown nearly up to the sky!

Some of the best blooms have been grown by children at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane although the ones at Link Road tendered by the horticulturalists from Nailsea In Bloom have been impressive too.

The boys pictured in the slideshow have earned the name Nailsea's Young Sun Kings!

And with many gardens looking like scenes from Jack and the Beanstalk it is difficult to work out who has the tallest plants.

Schoolboys Jacob Patch and Logan Marsh managed to grow sunflowers more than 10ft tall with flowerheads bigger than dinner plates.

Many of the seeds are being saved for next year so the children can try and beat the 10ft 5in size of Jacob’s sunflower this year.

Finlay Allan, age six, was really pleased when his sunflower reached the same height as him - about four foot!

Mum Magdalena Bartel said: “Originally the Kingshill sunflowers started as a gift from classmate George Bohin.

“He planted them and children in Year 1 received seedling.

“Sadly some of the sunflowers didn't make it, but the ones that did are amazing.

“Obviously there are few different growers and they may have different methods.”

The boys had to remember to water their plants and in class they charted progress as part of a sunflower project.

Sunflowers are grown not only as a beautiful flower but for its edible oil and fruits.

Birds, rabbits and pet mice are known to love the seeds and it is also used as livestock forage.

Sunflower seeds came to Europe from the US in the 16th century.

The tallest sunflower on record topped 30ft while those in Nailsea this summer average 8-9ft.

Sunflowers are appealing for the bright colour they bring to the landscape and are known for the way the flower heads, turn to face the sun throughout the day.

The sunflower head is actually composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers joined together.

Well done everyone especiall the brilliant junior gardeners.

If you have any sunflower photos to add to this feature email nailseapeople@gmail.com - thank you. 

PLAY DATE: Willing volunteers are needed for Sunday, September 10, 10am-noon by Backwell Playing Field Charity for its annual 'pre winter' clean! Among the many jobs will be painting swings, repairings playground surfaces and all sorts of general maintence. Make is a family event - everyone welcome at the West Town Road site

Backwell Village Show 2017

 

Backwell Village Show is on Saturday afternoon, September 16.

The show is being staged in theWI and parish halls.

This show is for everyone; you don’t need to be an expert baker, florist or
photographer to have a go.

There will be classes for horticultural, photography, floral art, cookery and children including those at pre-school.

In addition there is a fun family competition and a display of local community organisations.

Completed entry forms can be dropped off at Backwell Post Office or email to
BackwellVillageShow@gmail.com.

Following judging the show will be open for public viewing from 2pm.

Trophies will be presented at the WI Hall at 4 pm.

The show supports many local groups with proceeds from refreshments and stalls in
the WI Hall.

It is free to enter and to download a schedule click HERE.

This is the cute handwriting poem for the under 7s.

Mud
Mud is very nice to feel
All squishy-squash between the toes!
I’d rather wade in wiggly mud
Than smell a yellow rose.
Nobody else but the rosebush knows
How nice mud feels
Between the toes.

Polly C Boyden

SWAP PLOT: Transition Town Nailsea is organising a seed and plant swap.This is at its community garden on the corner of High Street and Link Road on Saturday, August 19, 10.30am-12.30pm. TTN is part of a growing worldwide movement which tries to find local solutions to enable communties to adapt to rising food and fuel prices. Bring your surplus seeds and plants or just pop round to see what's ready to harvest and share from our garden. We will be digging up the potatoes at 10.30am. A competition for children aged 10 and under of apple cakes and freshly made apple juice is being held at the Tithe Barn on Saturday, October 21 - more details later

Nailsea annual summer flower show

PHOTO: From left, president Phil Williams, Rob Poray, Lyn Greenwood and front Lynda Greenwood and Richard Greenwood with the memorial trophy donated by the late Edith Greenwood a past vice-president

 

If I knew you were coming I would baked a cake...

Or picked a flower, painted a picture or chosen one of my favourite photographs for Nailsea & District Horticultural Society summer show.

But thanks to the monumental efforts of a gallant band of perennials the 2017 annual summer show was a great success.

In the preceding weeks society gardeners were busy sprucing up their pot plants, weeding vegetable patches, cultivating flowers and much more in readiness.

While the spring show is traditionally for daffodils the summer show is a profusion of colourful plants, produce and glorious chrysanthemums.

And on Saturday afternoon, August 5, the atrium at Nailsea School reflected the glorious colours of the exhibition.

There were classes for flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts and photography with special classes for children of all ages and as the visitors strolled along the atrium the sounds of Filton Brass Band filled the air.

Refreshments included cream teas and slices of homemade cakes.

Joint show secretary Martyn Davis said: “More than 400 people enjoyed themselves on Saturday afternoon at Nailsea Flower Show.

“There were splendid displays in all categories and plenty of entertainments and refreshments.

“The numbers of entries were up on last year due to a significate increase in the number of vegetable entries up almost 50 per cent.”

Although judging from the lack of winners in the eight to 12 year group this wasn’t as keenly contested.

Martyn added: “All exhibitors helped to make sure that high standards were met and there was good friendly competition in all classes.

“In the horticultural classes judges were particularly impressed by Jeff Williams’ shallots, Mike Sheppard’s gladioli and roses and Jeff Withers’ pot plants.

“Sue Irwin excelled in the cookery classes, winning an award for best exhibit and the trophies for most points in that section.

“The prize for most points in the horticultural classes was won by Cyndy Sallnow.

“Lots of volunteers joined in to help the society make the show a very enjoyable experience for everyone.”

Many of the memorial trophies reflect past master contributors to the society and this year another name joined the roll of honour.

The family of the late Edith Greenwood, who died last July aged 87 and was a past vice-president, presented a cup in the shape of a rose bowl to be awarded to the person entering the best cut flowers.

For 2018 the spring show will be on Saturday, April 7 and the summer show Saturday, August 4.

More photos in the gallery, click HERE.

The society now has its own website - click HERE to read more.

Results for summer 2017

TROPHY WINNERS

JOHN WEEKS MEMORIAL PLAQUE for most points in members’ classes Val Davis; NAILSEA TOWN COUNCIL TROPHY most points in allotment holders’ classes Mr C Griffin; ROBERT HOBBS TROPHY for most points in horticultural classes I-98 Cyndy Sallnow; COTTAGERS’ CUP most points in vegetables classes I-35 Ivor Marshall; NAYLSEY PLATE best exhibit in vegetables classes 1-34 Mr JJ Williams; RAYMOND RANDALL TROPHY most points in potato and onion classes Mr JJ Williams; BOB VANCE TROPHY winner of Class 35 for collection of peas and/or beans Mr H Grove; REG HARVEY MEMORIAL TROPHY best exhibit in cut flowers classes 37-71 Mike Sheppard; TOM AND EDITH GREENWOOD TROPHY most points in Classes 46–72 Mike Sheppard; ERIC AND MARY ROBINS AWARD most points in dahlia classes 37-45 Graham Mizen; ENID GILES TROPHY most points in roses classes 61-64 Mike Sheppard; DICK MITCHELL CUP most points in sweet pea classes 65–67 and M4 Mr ND Rogers/ Val Davis/Jeff Withers; EDITH BALSDON TROPHY best rose exhibit Mike Sheppard; JIM LORD TROPHY best gladiolus exhibit Mike Sheppard; THATCHER CUP best exhibit in class 72 collection of flowers Mike Sheppard; HARRY BENNET MEMORIAL TROPHY most points in pot plants classes 74-89  Martyn Davis; GORDON ADAIR CUP best exhibit in pot plant classes 74-89 Jeff Withers; MRS GORDON ADAIR CUP best exhibit class 74 three pot plants Jeff Withers; BILL COPESTAKE PLANTED CONTAINERS AWARD Sue Irwin; BRISTOL GARDENERS ASSOCIATION CURTIS CUP best exhibit in planted containers classes 90-92 Jeff Withers; FRANK CALCRAFT MEMORIAL CUP most points in fruit classes 93-98 Les Howland; MARY FILMER MEMORIAL TROPHY best use of plant material in floral art Mrs NG Ford; DE BUNCE CUP best exhibit in floral art classes 100-104 Helen Glanville; SYLVIA PULLIN TROPHY most points in novice’s floral art class 104 Brenda Hayton; HP LUCAS CUP most points in cookery classes 120–138 Sue Irwin; CIS WEEKS COOKERY VOUCHER best exhibit in cookery classes 120-138 Sue Irwin; JESSE AND PHYLLIS WILLIAMS TROPHY most points in cookery and preserves classes 120-151 Sue Irwin; MAKEPEACE TROPHY most points in preserves classes 145-151 Jane Knight; PENNY SANTER AWARD best exhibit in handicraft classes Mrs T Jenner; AUDREY BAKER TROPHY most points in handicrafts classes 162-175 Christine Middleton; MERCURY CHALLENGE CUP most points in photography classes 184-190 Mr GJ Parsons

CHILDREN’S CLASSES – sponsored by Nailsea Community Trust whose motto is ‘helping Nailsea to help itself’

BEST EXHIBIT IN CHILDREN’S CLASSES – 4 YEARS AND UNDER Henry Morgan; 5–7 YEARS Kathryn Morgan; 12–16 YEARS Matthew Trump; MOST POINTS IN CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY 12 AND UNDER Katie Cliffe; 12-16 years James Stacey;  MOST POINTS IN CHILDREN’S HANDICRAFTS 4 AND UNDER Cleo Winks; 5-7 YEARS Kathryn Morgan; 12-16 YEARS James Stacey; MOST POINTS IN CHILDREN’S COOKERY 12 -16 YEARS Matthew Trump;

 

NATIONAL MEDALS

NATIONAL VEGETABLE SOCIETY MEDAL Best individual dish of vegetables Mr JJ Williams;  RHS BANKSIAN MEDAL Most points in horticultural classes Cyndy Sallnow NATIONAL SWEET PEA SOCIETY MEDAL Best exhibit in sweet pea classes eff Withers; NATIONAL DAHLIA SOCIETY BRONZE MEDAL best exhibit in dahlia classes Graham Mizen

Better Nailsea 2017 updates

Better Nailsea set up its stall at the skatepark festival and community showcase on Saturday, July 15, to tell people about recycling.

By completing its recycling awareness programme the 'green' community group will receive a £2,500 gold award from North Somerset Council through the Parish Recycling Scheme.

And to keep the momentum going the group will also be at Nailsea farmers' market on Saturday, September 16 and March 17 next year.

Group spokesman and Waitrose community partner Lisa Davidson said: "We are showing our commitment to recycling and hoping Nailsea will improve dramatically through our efforts."

To further the cause they hope for further publicity in newspapers, noticeboards and community events. 

They are also hoping Nailsea School DoE student will join in the project as part of their volunteering challenges.

There are plans for an art competition with a prize of a specially commissioned piece of Bristol Blue Glass.

The next litter picks are on September 23 and October 14,10am-noon meeting as usual at the Clevedon Road car park.

Litter picking equipment will be distributed at 10am and collected at noon. 

The next Better Nailsea meetings is on Wednesday, September 13, 3-4pm at Waitrose.

Better Nailsea the environmentally-friendly group spearheaded by Waitrose supermarket.

  • Sadly at the weekend eight of the recycling bins at Backwell were not in use and people depositing cardboard, wood and other biodegradeable items were directed to put them in the landfill skip.

FIELD FURY: A large tractor was driven onto Nescott's Meadow this week across the permissive path from the adjacent field. Then the grass was cut and baled, presumably for silage or animal feed. As the bottom of the meadow remains wet, the vehicle tyres have done some damage. The meadow has been cut and the arising baled in black plastic. From a small meadow of predominantly wildflowers, with wide margins retained, very few bales have been created. Unfortunately, due to the timing of this cut, many of the plants will not have produced seed yet. The meadow was full of insects during the day, and at night. If you are concerned about the plight of this important, but threatened meadow, please come along To the meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 12, Grove Sports & Social Club to discuss the situation and what action needs to be taken.

Pat and Hilary

Nurture our nature alert

Besides a sloping public footpath on the shortcut between Backwell Lake and The Perrings, Nailsea is a beautiful meadow where wild orchids and buzzing insects live.

Up until very recently Netcott’s Meadow nature reserve was managed by Avon Wildlife Trust but after three decades that agreement came to an abrupt end earlier this year.  

Rumour was an American cousin of the original landowner bought the two and half acres on the periphery of the town as developers survey their options of building more and more houses on open countryside.

But it is now believed ownership deeds are with John Garlick, of Coombe Grange Farm, and Peter Priest, of Farleigh Road, who are said to have paid £125,000 for the field.

Hilary West, of Nailsea Environment & Wildlife Trust, and Pat Gilbert, of Friends of Trendlewood Park, want to rallying public support for a meeting to discuss how best to protect the future of the meadow.

Public meeting on Wednesday, July 12, at Grove Sports & Social Club at 7.30pm

Pat said: “We are very concerned about the long-term future of Netcott's Meadow following a change of ownership in April 2017 and ending of the management lease with Avon Wildlife Trust.

“The problem we have encountered, is that there is widespread lack of awareness of the current situation and the threats to the meadow.

“In addition, as the land is privately owned, some organisations are unable or unwilling to get involved in an active campaign to protect the meadow.

“We have no clear ideas of what we can do at present, but are limited by lack of active supporters.

“There is a real risk that this beautiful and wildlife rich meadow will be become downgraded by lack of active management or purposely damaged to reduce its wildlife value.

“The worst outcome would be that it is developed for housing.

“Loss of this precious meadow without any protest or active intervention from the local community would be a tragedy.

“We feel it is vital to raise awareness of the situation in our local communities, and discuss ways in which we might try to protect the meadow.”

Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: “There is a lot of rumour but little fact.

“We have not been able to establish whether the owner has recently sold the land although some residents are convinced that this has happened.

“I don’t have any definite information about intended future use.

“We know that Avon Wildlife Trust have been dismissed as managers of the site.

“The Core Strategy designates the site as an Open Green Space, and although the CS has not been approved by the Secretary of State, any planning application would take the proposed designation into account.

“This is obviously a priority site and I have been liaising with a few residents, so if anything material changes we should know pretty quickly.”

AWT manages more than 30 nature reserves as well as a number of other sites across our region but was never given the option to buy Netcott’s Meadow and looked after the flora and fauna on what they hoped was a renewal lease.

The site which is accessible through kissing gate close to the lake has abundant wild flowers best seen in early June.

Several species of orchids grow here including the common spotted orchid (dactylorhiza fuchsii), southern marsh orchid (dactylorhiza praetermissa) and hreen-winged orchid (orchis morio), and in some years there are many bee orchids (ophrys apifera).

Yellow rattle (rhinanthus minor) also grows here, a plant that is parasitic on various grasses and other plants, which has seeds that rattle when shaken, as its name implies.

The wildflower-rich grassland provides food and shelter for pollinators like bees and butterflies, scrubland loved by birds and mammals, a variety of mature trees, and a pond which hosts frogs, newts and dragonflies and provides water for the range of wildlife that seeks shelter on the meadow.

Over the years, with the help of many committed local volunteers, it had coppiced trees, cleared and improved the pond habitat and arranged annual summer hay cuts to keep the meadow in good condition for the orchids and other wildflowers which occur there in abundance.

In 2015 the land which is approximately two and half acres was involved in the national Coronation Meadows project.

This celebrated the value of native wildflowers and aimed to create more wildflower-rich sites across the UK.

Seed was donated from high quality locations across the country, and Netcott’s Meadow was one of these donor sites.

The quality of the wildflowers really is stunning, and in 2014 and 2015 hay cut from Netcott’s has been used on a local site at Moor End Spout to improve the diversity of wildflowers there.

The AWT sign and Coronation Meadow plaque are no longer displayed on the field.

In order to gauge numbers please email patwildlife@gmail.com if you hope to make the meeting or to express interest.

PHOTOS: © AWT and Community Pollinator Project founder Gill Brown