Plans for bandstand as garden grows and grows

Published on: 29 Jun 2015

A bandstand could become a feature of Filton Community Garden - and now the garden committee want local people to give their opinion.

Chairman Dave Mikkelson told the town council that the committee had already secured an agreement for the work to be done for labour costs only and now they will be looking into raising the £50,000 costs.

He said the prestigious Filton Concert Brass was ‘excited’ by the prospect of bringing music to many in the Filton area.

Mr Mikkelson, who last month showed newly re-elected MP Jack Lopresti round the garden said plans were also under way to investigate a lift system which would help residents in the Springfield housing complex - which backs onto the garden - to have access even if mobility was limited. Town councillors said they supported the plans of the committee.

Mr Mikkelson said there would now be a period of inviting opinions from members of the public to gauge levels of support.

Cllr Stan Sims said that thought should be given to naming the bandstand in memory of the late Jim Scott, who was leader of Filton Concert Brass for many years and who helped many young people begin a life in music.

In his report to the council, Mr Mikkelson said: “The perfect start to 2014 was the award of Outstanding by the Royal Horticultural Society.

“To supplement the school and FACE flower beds which provided such wonderful colours and artistic content throughout the year we now have beds prepared by Twinning and horticultural students from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

“Once again we showcased the garden during the Filton Festival and in September we hosted the Macmillan Cake and Coffee event.

“The Community Garden Group have worked tirelessly throughout the year providing many hours of their free time and deserve all of the praise afforded them.”

Mr Mikkelson said the Community garden would be holding an event on July 12, with attractions for the children including the Punch and Judy show which proved popular last year at the festival.

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