The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.
The National Garden Scheme was founded in 1927 to support district nurses. At the start, over 600 gardens opened at a shilling a head. Now visitors have access to more than 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales.
Thanks to garden owners, volunteers and visitors, over 55 million pounds has been given to nursing and health charities. Macmillan Cancer Support has been the longest supported partner, to date having received almost 20 million pounds. Other beneficiaries include Marie Curie and Hospice UK. In 2013 Parkinsons UK joined this list. There are other charities including MIND, the new guest charity, and Horatio's Gardens. The National Garden Scheme is proud to say that 80% of what is raised goes to the charities.
In our area, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath there are almost 40 gardens to choose from, all described in the local 'Yellow book.' In South Gloucestershire 7 very different gardens open to visitors providing 'Great Gardens, Great Cakes!' Some will open for groups, at a time to suit you, 'By Arrangement.'
Details of all the gardens can be found on the National Garden Scheme website below, or you can download the smartphone app. On both you can search for gardens opening within the distance you are prepared to travel. So why not go ahead and plan the gardens you would like to visit? The huge benefits of gardens and gardening to health and well being are now well recognised. You may feel you would like to become involved in this inspiring organisation. It's possible to volunteer in a small way by helping with serving teas, or you may even feel that your own garden could be enjoyed by others. Seeing the pleasure on visitors' faces and sharing your endeavours with others, whilst helping the NGS charities, has a huge 'feel good factor.'
Contact the County Organiser, Su Mills by phone or email.
Tel: 01454 615438
We arrange walks each weekend as well as midweek evenings in the summer. The area and length of the walk varies greatly and members also arrange occasional weekends away.
We have regular social events such as skittles evenings, quiz nights, barbecues and the like, and there is always a Christmas dinner.
However, we are more than just a walking club. The Ramblers is a registered charity and one of its aims is to campaign to keep the footpath network open.
Tortworth Forest Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to improve lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.
The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland. There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills - so get in touch if you want to be a part of it.
Tortworth Arboretum, off Tortworth Road, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Tel: 07717 201 329
Walking for Health has a programme of walks between 0.5 and 3 miles to suit a range of walking needs. These free walks are led by trained volunteers.
Tel: 01454 864005