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Memorial Woodlands Cemetery

Memorial Woodlands offers families the chance to say a personal, appropriate farewell in the beautiful surroundings of our woodland cemetery, situated in a peaceful valley just outside Thornbury.
Our onsite chapel and reception rooms will be yours for the day to hold whatever kind of service you wish; traditional, ecological, religious or humanist.
If you are arranging a funeral now or making plans for the future, please do come to see our beautiful grounds for yourself and learn about our range of services, funeral plans and woodland memorials. We’ll give you all the time, support and advice you need.

Memorial Woodlands Woodland Cemetery: Earthcott Green, Alveston, Bristol BS35 3TA
Memorial Woodlands Westbury office: 18 High Street, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3DU

Call 01454 414999 or click below.


Alveston Litter Busters

We are a group of local residents concerned about litter spoiling our environment. Our aim is to keep Alveston looking clean, tidy and litter-free resulting in more pleasant surroundings for us all, including wildlife, to live in and enjoy. We achieve this through Litter Picks and contact with local schools and youth groups. For more information please contact Shirley Whyte.

Tel: 01454 416793

Avon Wildlife Trust

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


Climate Action Thornbury and Surrounding Area (CATS)

CATS is a friendly group of Thornbury/nearby residents who share deep concern about the impact of global warming and are committed to create significant community changes in order to drastically reduce local carbon gas emissions: aim is NET zero by 2030!
We are affiliated with Sustainable Thornbury, and will be implementing practical solutions for the Thornbury area.


Fairtrade in Thornbury

Thornbury Churches Together host a Fairtrade Stall at the weekly Coffee Morning run by the United Reformed Church every Saturday 10 till 12.

Click below to download a copy of the Thornbury Fairtrade Directory (last updated 2019) to find out which local shops and businesses offer Fairtrade products.

United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BA

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.


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.


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

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.


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.


Plastic Free Thornbury

We aim to encourage people to use less plastic To achieve Plastic Free status Thornbury as a town needs quite a few things, one of which is to have 6 local and independent businesses as plastic free business champions. Since 2019, the following businesses have achieved this status:

Bristol Coffee Co, Calm Nessy, Castle Crafts Gifts, Elite Fitness, Hawkes House, Jolies Fleurs, Riddifords, Safari Rock Softplay Café, Surroundings, T&J Owen Florist and The Swan pub.

If your business would like to join, please get in touch.


Richard Cornock - The Funky Farmer

New House Farm, Tytherington GL12 8QB
Tel: 07790 376910

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.


South Gloucestershire Friends of the Earth

Local campaigns include transport, planning, recycling, wildlife and nuclear power.


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.


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

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

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.


Thornbury Litter Busters

Our aim is a litter free Thornbury.

We meet in The Swan, High Street, Thornbury, normally at 9.30am on the first Saturday of the month, for a group litter-pick. We also help clear up after many of the special events in the town.

If you would like to help make a difference to our town please email via the link below or just come along to one of our monthly get-togethers. We can provide all the necessary equipment. Sue, Mary and Jane.

Tel: 01454 414703

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.


Thornbury Residents Against Poorly Planned Development – TRAPP’D

We are a group of like-minded residents, with no political agenda, formed to voice and act on the widespread concerns expressed by many Thornbury residents about the scale of development proposed for the Town.

The main objectives of the Group are:
1. To create community awareness of the potential housing development scenarios in Thornbury, and the process for the community to have their say.
2. To provide a platform for the feedback of local views to those involved in the planning decisions.
3. To campaign for sufficient breathing space and visibility of the process to allow for more thorough local scrutiny.
4. To ensure that appropriate infrastructure improvements are built in to each approved planning application.
5. To monitor Section 106 Agreements and ensure that all funding generated, including Community Infrastructure Levy, is allocated in an appropriate way by South Gloucestershire Council with full transparency and disclosure.


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

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