£500 award for project to brighten up Keynsham shopping area

Published on: 07 May 2016

A project to give a green makeover to a corner of Keynsham lacking in colour has become one of just 40 across the whole country to be awarded £500.

Keynsham in Bloom and Community@67 have teamed up to brighten up the shopping precinct at Queens Road with flowers as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Greening Grey Britain Campaign.

The RHS has now awarded £500-worth of gardening materials to the project, as well as support from one of its community outreach advisors to help the scheme make the biggest impact possible on the community.

Joined by members of St Keyna Primary School’s Green Team, volunteers have already installed a planter filled with spring bulbs and there are plans to organise a number of activities to involve residents and traders, including a hanging basket workshop.

Denise James, chair of Keynsham in Bloom, said: “This is a great project and will certainly brighten up Queens Road shopping area, which is a well-used and valued community resource.  The project will also give a sense of ownership to the locals and allow them to become more involved in transforming their local community and help to develop pride in their community. I am really pleased that the RHS felt that our project was worthy of receiving funding.”

Martin Burton, chair of Community@67, said “This is an exciting initiative and Community@67 is pleased to be working with the Keynsham in Bloom group and the local community to bring flowers and plants to the area around the Queens Road shops.  It is always special to see flowers grow over a period of time and see what a difference they make to an area.  We would also like to thank the RHS and Curo for their support with this project.”

Keynsham will be judged in the South West in Bloom competition on Friday, July 15, and as part of preparations Keynsham Cubs have filled the planters in Ashton Way car park with bulbs, which have begun to flower.

Denise said: “When I used the car park recently I was amazed by how lovely the planters look, they have really enhanced the car park.  Last year the planters were looking really untidy and overgrown.  It’s wonderful to see the work being carried out by the 1st Keynsham Scout Group, it’s been great working with them over the last six months.”

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