Communities in St George and Fishponds have struck gold at the Britain in Bloom South West awards.
St George in Bloom entered the scheme for the first time in the Town to City Pennant category and won a gold, while Hillfields, Eastville & Frome Vale in Bloom scooped a gold in the same category.
Troopers Hill nature reserve at St George won two awards. The 21-acre country park took gold in the new parks and open spaces category – the only open space in Bristol to apply – while the Friends of Troopers Hill, who look after the site, won outstanding in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Award.
In the past Troopers Hill has been quarried and mined and today the site, overlooking the River Avon, supports rare plants and wildlife and provides local people with a space for relaxation and recreation.
The Friends of Troopers Hill have been going for 10 years and in that time have held more than 100 events and raised over £100,000 for works and activities. The site is owned by Bristol City Council.
Other It’s Your Neighbourhood entrants were Kensington Road Residents’ Association, which was also awarded outstanding, while the Friends of St George Park were judged to be ‘thriving’.