For those who don't already know, we are a volunteer community group who work with Bristol City Council to conserve, improve and promote this wonderful Estate.
Some of this support involves funding additional facilities such as new notice boards, litter bins, steps and repair work on the Orangery doors. We also get involved in open air events, conservation work as well as opening the Castle over the summer, which would otherwise remain closed to the public.
Given the severe on-going cuts to the councils Parks Department budget, our role in Blaise is now more important than ever. However to be able to achieve all of this we rely completely on volunteer support whether this is time, donations, new ideas or a modest annual membership fee.
Please get in touch if this is something you feel able to help with, or simply your suggestions for improvement - there is always plenty of scope for that! On our website we want to cover as many of your interests in Blaise as we can, so all your suggestions and contributions will be gratefully received.
The Garden is open all year round on Saturdays 10am to 1pm. The castle is now closed for the winter, 2017 opening times will be put up as soon as they are confirmed. Castle page
In 2016 we will be focusing on the following areas
Continuing with the restoration of the Blaise Kitchen garden, hidden behind Blaise House and neglected for many years. Inside this walled area are a series of very large greenhouses, some dating back to Victorian times and originally used as the Estate's main source of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. Together with the Henbury Conservation Society, we are bringing this hidden treasure back to life. See the garden page for further information.
Linking up with other similar local community and environmental groups to learn from each other, and have greater influence together than any of us acting alone. This will include the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, wildlife groups, Bristol Business in the Community, local schools and scout groups.
Working more closely with the Council to provide events and facilities the public consider important to maintain, but which the Council feel unable to provide alone in the current climate. This will include opening the Dairy Garden (in addition to the Castle and Kitchen Garden to the public as often as we can, and promoting seasonal events for children such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas.