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2020

It's got green credentials

Trendlewood Community Park in Nailsea is one of five parks and green spaces in North Somerset to proudly fly the Green Flag again this year.

The other four are Abbots Pool in Abbots Leigh, Watchhouse Hill in Pill, Prince Consort Gardens and Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve, both in Weston-super-Mare.

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

Awarded by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces and is a sign to the public that the sites boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

North Somerset Council executive member responsible for parks and green spaces Bridget Petty is the Green Party councillor for Backwell.

She said: "It has been a particularly challenging year for managing our open spaces and these awards reflect the commitment and skills of our parks team and volunteers in delivering excellent facilities for our local communities.

"The team and our contractors Glendale and Somerset Wood Recycling have pulled out all the stops this year given the reduced opportunities for volunteers to be involved because of coronavirus.

"One thing the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has taught us is how much we value our local parks and green spaces.

“Throughout lockdown and beyond parks across North Somerset, as with the rest of the country, have been an important destination for locals to use.

"Congratulations to everyone involved in managing our green spaces during what has been a difficult year.’’

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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.