Now Filton could get another community garden to enhance green space reputation

February 01 2019
Now Filton could get another community garden to enhance green space reputation

Filton’s reputation as a beacon for community gardens could be enhanced if plans for a green space in Northville ward get the go-ahead.

Filton’s reputation as a beacon for community gardens could be enhanced if plans for a green space in Northville ward get the go-ahead.
Resident Dr Jody Muelaner wants to expand the work already done in the waste land between Filton Ave, Northville Rd and Fifth Ave, behind the Bulldog pub.
A group of residents have been working on the gated space for several years but now want official approval to develop the town-council-owned land. Dr Muelaner, an engineer, has formed the community garden project, while Pete Burge has been managing security, removing dumped cars and keeping gates secure.
Dr Muelaner recently outlined the group’s plans to the town council and has the support of the RHS-award-winning group  behind Filton Community Garden at Elm Park.
The team has already planted a nature hedge, shrubs and a fruit orchard, as well as creating play space for children.
And although the space is gated, Dr Muelaner says that, “if the project goes ahead, anyone in the community will be able to access it if they want to get involved.”  He also wants to see schools get involved, as they have done at Elm Park.
He told Filtonvoice: “We just want to do something good and give children a place to play.
“Although we have worked on the space, we feel council approval would legitimise what we are doing. Otherwise the space is just wasted.”
He said that an attempt in 2011 to take over the maintenance was rejected by the council as they were unable to balance the need for community access with security concerns.
Councillors said they wanted to launch a consultation into the project.
The land was originally gifted to the council in 1955 with a covenant to maintain it as a children’s play area.
It has gradually fallen into use as an informal car park and security issues led to gating.
Dr Muelaner said there is no plan to request a transfer of ownership from the council – just maintenance.
He added there was a plan to hold an open day in July for Filton residents.
Filton Community Garden chairman Dave Mikkelson said: "I think it is brilliant that Jody and his group are bringing this unloved area of green space back into community use.
"I hope residents get behind the scheme and support it as they have done with Filton Community Garden."