Now we need Filton people to tell us what they think

Published on: 29 Jun 2015

By Filton Community Garden chaiman Dave Mikkelson

Two years ago a group of Filton residents got together with a vision to create a Community Garden where residents of Filton and the wider community could relax, enjoy and congregate.

I do not think any of the group could have imagined what an impact the garden has made and from a simple plan which incorporated seating and some flower beds what has developed. The garden now has a Fernery, Rockery, Wildflower Bank, Picnic tables, a Bug House, Edible Bed and with the involvement of the Schools, Colleges, Youth Club and Filton Twinning individual beds reflecting the creative talents of our community.

The garden was recognised by the RHS with an award of outstanding. The assessor also said that it was the best example of a garden of its type that he had seen.

Not being a group to rest on its laurels, we are now looking at the feasibility of erecting a bandstand in the garden. We are putting together a project plan in which we want to include the thoughts of the residents of Filton and the various organisations and groups in our community.

The term bandstand is perhaps a loose term. Whilst we would hope that it is used for concerts, it would also be ideal for parties, outdoor plays, teaching venue, exhibitions, corporate functions and just relaxing, a focal point for the community of Filton.

Whilst there is no certainty that this project will be successful, the Gardening Committee will work tirelessly to try to make it happen.

What we would like is for residents and groups to send us their views, positive and negative on what the erection of a bandstand in the Community Garden would mean to residents of Filton and the wider community which we can incorporate in the project plan for submission to funders.

Responses can be sent by email to or by post to 21 Ferndale Road, Northville, Bristol BS7 0RP

Dave Mikkelson with Jack Lopresti

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