New ‘Growing Together’ community campaign launches

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We’re pleased and excited to announce the launch of a new local communities-based sponsorship programme, ‘Growing Together’, which will fund a number of growing-related projects around Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Community orchards, gardens, meadows and a city farm located in proximity to our offices will see a boost to funds through the campaign, enabling the selected projects to either complete much needed maintenance work or to kick start new projects.

Golden Hill Community Garden, located on Monk Road in Bishopston, is one such project that will benefit from the contribution made to its annual Harvest Festival – a family friendly event to celebrate nature and the benefits of growing your own food – taking place in September.

The community garden, which even features an edible forest, will use the funds to enhance its sensory garden for visitors with learning difficulties and disabilities and to employ extra trained staff to offer specialist support on the day of the festival.

Further afield in Thornbury, volunteers for the community orchard and Morton Bridge Meadow at the ‘old’ Gloucester Road were given an opportunity earlier this month to learn a new skill at a course teaching the traditional method of scything.

Ten new volunteers received instruction from a local expert on this valuable grass cutting skill, which has been used on farms and fields in England through the ages. The practical element of the course was used to perform the important task of mowing the meadow and orchard, ready for autumn.

We’ve also funded a brand new scything kit for the orchard and meadow volunteer group as part of the sponsorship.

Bill Willcocks, Managing Partner considers the support of grassroots community organisations a reflection of the firm’s core values.

He said: “We have always prided ourselves on being at the heart of the local community and this is a vital part of who we are. Even with considerable growth in the past few years taking us to over 160 employees we are committed to retaining the high street presence we’ve always had and forging strong relationships locally.

We advise clients throughout the various life stages, from helping them to buy their first home through to advice on wills & estate planning, so it felt fitting to choose projects related to growth and lifecycle for our support. The projects chosen for this particular sponsorship scheme make such positive contributions to the local environment and the people within those communities will also benefit through volunteering as they learn and develop new skills.”

Other projects selected for sponsorship include the Metford Road Community Orchard in Redland, Grimsby Farm in Kingswood and the Greater Bedminster Good Front Garden Awards taking place next year.

Further information

For more information about the Growing Together campaign, please call our marketing department on 0117 325 2929.


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