Friends Of Blaise


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Welcome to the Friends of Blaise

On our website we want to cover as many of your interests in Blaise as we can - from wildlife spotting to history, to pictures and videos. Above all we hope to involve as many people as possible in contributing to the site, with their comments, pictures and memories of times past.

A continuing major project for us in 2015 is the restoration of the Blaise Kitchen garden which was hidden behind the Mansion 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 with the help of volunteers from the local community. It would be great to see you there to help with clearance work, plant some seeds and plants, or just find out what's going on! You may well have some suggestions which we can put to good use.

Upcoming Events

The Garden is open every Saturday 10am to 1pm. Castle opening times can be found on the Castle page

12 July 2015 - Balsam Bashing! Help us pull up this invasive weed (Himalayan Balsam) which, if not checked, overruns native wild plants and erodes the river bank of Hazel Brook.

26 July 2015 - Archaeology Festival, part of a nationwide event. Explore the area's rich ancient history with Hands on, family-friendly events including historical re-enactments, displays, as well as tours of Castle Hill, Kingsweston House and Kingsweston Roman Villa. We even have our own Friends of Blaise Archaeologist, specialising on Blaises' Roman past, with a display up in the Castle on that day.

For more details of our upcoming events please press here.

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Useful Links:

  • Blaise Castle Estate
  • Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
  • Friends of Badock's Wood
  • Henbury Conservation Society