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Almondsbury Allotments


Hortham Farm, Hortham Lane, Almondsbury BS32 4JW
Tel: 01454 612451


Alveston Allotments Association


Alveston Allotments are sited off Forty Acre Lane along a footpath, and are managed by a committee.
There are 35 individual, very productive vegetable plots, and holders are happy to discuss gardening issues and exchange knowledge.
There is a waiting list for allotments and if you would like your name to be added, please use the email link to make your request.

Forty Acre Lane, Alveston
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Alveston Gardens Association


The Alveston Gardens Association meets on the first Monday of each month in the Jubilee Hall, Greenhill, Alveston at 7.30pm.
Each month there is a guest speaker to enlighten us on all manner of things "gardening", plus trips and a Christmas lunch. For more information please contact our Secretary Pam Forrest.

Tel: 01454 416941
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Avon Wildlife Trust


The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.

www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk


Eastwood Gardeners' Club


We meet on the second Tuesday of the month from March to December, 7.30 to 9pm (Doors open at 7pm).

At the meetings speakers give presentations on various topics linked to gardening and the environment. The talks can be useful, entertaining or thought provoking.

We are affiliated to the RHS and are members of the Gloucestershire Federation of Garden Societies.

We also have a raffle and sales of plants and other produce to raise funds for the club.

Meetings are held in the Avon Room at Turnberrie's, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB.

Gardeners of all ages and abilities are welcome. If you would like to join the club please contact the Club Secretary by email below.

Meetings held in the Avon Hall, Turnberrie's, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB
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Filnore Allotments


Filnore Allotments show what can be achieved in transforming a field into productive food plots. Find us in the field behind Thornbury Leisure Centre near the skateboard park. Click below to find out more.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...
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Filnore Woods


Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.

filnorewoods.blogspot.com


Friends of Filnore Woods


Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.

Tel: 01454 416945
filnorewoods.blogspot.co.uk
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Jekka's Herbetum


Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston BS35 3SY
www.jekkas.com
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Morton Bridge Wild-flower Meadow


The RHS award winning Morton Bridge Wild-flower Meadow was only seeded in late October 2016. It has been met by an amazing amount of local interest and support. The first year annuals made a great show in 2017 and the Meadow was awarded the RHS In Bloom's Monk Trophy for Best Native Planting in the South West of England.

Sown perennials now flowering include Red Campion, Knapweed, Oxeye Daisy, Ragged-Robin and Meadow Buttercup. Also self grown plug planting which includes Teasels, Foxgloves and Meadows Cranesbill. We also have some of the best yellow rattle the RHS judges have seen.

A particular triumph for 2018 was the Cuckoo Flower. Common in the surrounding streamside walk it had never appeared in the meadow, but this year appeared in abundance. It is a favourite of the Orange tip butterfly. The meadow was conceived to encourage our own native flowers and the various pollinators (Bees, Bugs and Butterflies) that depend upon them.

Do come and see the meadow on the streamside walk opposite the Anchor Inn on the other side of Morton Bridge. The blossoms are in bloom April until end of August when we cut the meadow.

We are keen to encourage others with their own local wild-flower projects. Please see our web page and if you would like advice, to volunteer or just to be kept informed e-mail and we will reply to you.

www.sustainablethornbury.org/hist...
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Mumbleys Farmhouse Rural Courses


Mumbleys Farmhouse, Sweetwater Lane, Mumbleys, Thornbury BS35 3JY
Tel: 01454 415296
www.mumbleysfarmhouse.co.uk
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National Garden Scheme - South Gloucestershire


The National Garden Scheme is proud to say that 80% of money raised through opening gardens goes to health charities.

In our area, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath there are almost 40 gardens to choose from, all described in the local 'Yellow book.' In South Gloucestershire 7 very different gardens open to visitors providing 'Great Gardens, Great Cakes!' Some will open for groups, at a time to suit you, 'By Arrangement'.

Details of all the gardens can be found on the National Garden Scheme website below, or you can download the smartphone app. On both you can search for gardens opening within the distance you are prepared to travel. So why not go ahead and plan the gardens you would like to visit?

The huge benefits of gardens and gardening to health and well being are now well recognised. You may feel you would like to become involved in this inspiring organisation. It's possible to volunteer in a small way by helping with serving teas, or you may even feel that your own garden could be enjoyed by others. Seeing the pleasure on visitors' faces and sharing your endeavours with others, whilst helping the NGS charities, has a huge 'feel good factor.'

To find out more, contact the County Organiser, Su Mills by phone or email.

Tel: 01454 615438
ngs.org.uk
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Olveston Young Farmers Club


We meet at Falfield Village Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm.

www.gloucestershireyfc.co.uk
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Owl Occasions


Mobile service to Thornbury, Yate and Sodbury areas
Tel: 07538 184934
www.owloccasions.co.uk
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Permaculture Garden Volunteers


Thornbury Community Permaculture Project, which is part of Sustainable Thornbury, invites volunteers over 16 years old to help out at developing and maintaining a new Permaculture Garden at Alexandra Way retirement home. Tools and guidance will be provided but please wear suitable clothing for gardening and the weather.

Permaculture is a design system that can be applied to gardening to incorporate more nature led planting.
We meet every Friday morning 9.30-11am.

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Raptorcare


Tel: 01454 294258
www.raptorcare.co.uk
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Richard Cornock - The Funky Farmer


New House Farm, Tytherington GL12 8QB
Tel: 07790 376910
www.richardcornock.co.uk
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Severn Vale Smallholders Association


Severn Vale Smallholders’ Association are a small group whose interests include the countryside, animals and plants.
We range from members with 10 acres to members with small back gardens who raise their own produce and look after the environment in their area.

Meetings held in The Stuart Room, The Chantry, Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB
Tel: 01454 415286
Tel: 07934 560207


Severnside Ramblers


We arrange walks each weekend as well as midweek evenings in the summer. The area and length of the walk varies greatly and members also arrange occasional weekends away.
We have regular social events such as skittles evenings, quiz nights, barbecues and the like, and there is always a Christmas dinner.
However, we are more than just a walking club. The Ramblers is a registered charity and one of its aims is to campaign to keep the footpath network open.

www.severnside-ramblers.org.uk


Sustainable Thornbury


Sustainable Thornbury is a local community group, covering Thornbury and the surrounding villages.

Our aim is to promote the well-being of everyone living and working in the area, by promoting greater local self-reliance and a more cooperative and inclusive community.

Meetings are held regularly (approximately monthly) depending on current activities.

www.sustainablethornbury.org/
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Thornbury Allotment Association


Daggs Allotments at the top of the High Street are administered for the people of Thornbury by Thornbury Town Trust.
Thomas Dagg gave the field to Thornbury in 1546, so we tend what must be some of the oldest allotments in the country.
There are 120 allotments, and the Association has over 100 members. It organises social events, monthly newsletters, and an Allotment Shop.
Gillingstool Primary School's plot offers pupils the chance to grow and eat their own produce.
Membership costs just a couple of pounds a year, and brings many benefits. You don't need to be a plot holder to become a member. We have discounted seeds, competitive prices on gardening items, guest speakers and visits.
If you would like to become a member, or be added to the waiting list for a plot, contact the clerk to the Town Trust via the link below.

www.thornburytowntrust.uk/


Thornbury Community Garden


Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.

Upper Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2LB
www.thornburycommunitygarden.org.uk
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Thornbury Community Orchard


This is a small walled area between the stream and the footpath to the east of Gloucester Road, managed by Thornbury Orchard Group (TOG) under a volunteers agreement with South Gloucestershire Council.

The orchard contains several fruit trees including apples and a plum tree, some old, some new, plus soft fruit and a medlar tree.

Please enjoy its beauty, keep dogs on a lead and respect the fruit trees, soft fruit and wildlife. Please keep to the footpaths as we like to keep some areas wild to support biodiversity.

If you want to get more involved contact Thornbury Orchard Group by e-mail below.

The fruit will be ripe at various times in the summer and autumn. We sometimes leave surplus apples by the Orchard gate for people to take away. In August 2022 our noticeboard was erected by the gate and we use this to let people know which fruit is ripe and when.

Please do not pick if we have not said it is ripe and even than leave plenty of fruit for others. This is not a commercial orchard.

Early in the year we often thin out the fruit to stop the trees being over laden and allow fruit to mature properly without over crowding. If suitable we will leave some of this for visitors to take and cook for say apple sauce. This is not a signal that all the apples are ripe and ready to be picked it is just our normal management of the trees.

Web: www.sustainablethornbury.org/orch...

East of Gloucester Road, opposite the Anchor Pub, Thornbury
www.sustainablethornbury.org/orch...
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Thornbury Horticultural Society


The oldest Horticultural Society in Thornbury was established in the 1830s by a group of gentlemen of the town 'to introduce a taste of gardening amongst the cottages...'. The Society is affiliated to the RHS, and membership entitles you to free entry to the Shows and Social Evenings. For more information please click below.

Tel: 0793 4560207
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Thornbury in Bloom


We all enjoy the award-winning floral displays that brighten up Thornbury. Imaginative floral creations welcome us as we enter the town, and hanging baskets and tubs create colourful splashes throughout the town centre.
For this we have to thank Thornbury in Bloom - a group of volunteers who raise money each year to fund the displays, and work hard to plant up the various containers.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury_i...
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Thornbury Orchard Group


Orchard, Wildflower Meadow, Bee Bank & so much more!

Why not join out friendly local group who maintain this small area to promote biodiversity and benefit the local community? You will meet new friends, help the community and learn more about what we do. Click the link below to find more information on our website.

The group usually meets at least twice a month: on the first Wednesday and on the third Saturday of every month to maintain the Orchard and the meadow. Times and days do vary so it is best if you e-mail us first using the link below and ask to be included on our Work Party e-mail list.

www.sustainablethornbury.org/orch...
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Thornbury Rambling Club


The Thornbury Rambling Club has been in existence for 37 years and is known for its friendly atmosphere and diverse activities.
Its objectives are:
- To bring enjoyment to its members through an appreciation and love of the countryside.
- To endeavour to preserve footpaths and means of access to the countryside.
Visit our website below or contact Helen Willoughby by phone or email for more information.

Tel: 01454 228523
www.thornburyramblers.org.uk
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Thornbury Walker


Thornbury Walker is aimed at helping local people appreciate the great outdoors without the need to travel to get make the most of the countryside.

Walking routes in and around Thornbury are shared via the Thornbury Walker website and Facebook page, where there are route descriptions available for download, links to maps on a variety of services and a video play-through to show each route in full. There are a range of walks to suit all a preferences, from pushchair friendly strolls around town, to longer ventures using the ‘off-road’ public footpaths nearby.

To find out more, click below or search Thornbury Walker on Facebook.

www.thornburywalker.co.uk


Tortworth Forest Centre


Tortworth Forest Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to improve lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.
The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland. There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills - so get in touch if you want to be a part of it.

Tortworth Arboretum, off Tortworth Road, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Tel: 07717 201 329
tortwortharboretum.org/
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Tortworth Lake


Tortworth, Wotton under Edge GL12 8HF
www.tortworthestate.com/#lake


Walking Well


Tel: 01454 863440
oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/for-your-...
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