Praise and Awards

The Golden Hill Community Garden is fabulous but don’t just take our word for it!  At the Green Volunteer Awards in Bristol 2012 we won Project of the Year AND The Diversity Award!  Spark magazine awarded us runner up for Best Green Initiative 2013, and in 2014 South West in Bloom awarded us as Outstanding  in the Ittrophy compressed‘s your Neighbourhood Category. Then in 2015 we were finalists in the Bristol Green Capital Awards in the Best Community Project catergory AND the nice folks at RHS Britain in Bloom said we were the best community garden in the South West AND gave us a gurt big trophy – which definitely put a smile on our faces


We’ve hosted lots of groups, educational visits, activity days and all sorts and here’s are some of the lovely things people had to say about us!

Feedback from Common Purpose visit 27th September 2013

“Thought provoking day – has extended my knowledge and understanding of the notion of sustainability. Really enjoyed the visit to the community garden – it was v. inspiring.”

“Always great fun – allotment and Lucy a wonderful maverick.”

“The community garden was a really inspiring project to visit and Lucy’s role invaluable.”

Feedback from Community groups who’ve come to the garden for supported volunteering

“A place where no one judges anyone and every values everyone” Support worker from Freeways

“Such ‘genuine’ opportunities are rare with staff who recognise the potential of individuals rather that their ‘perceived’ limitations”  Kings Weston Special School

“The area is safe, accessible, interesting and beautiful! There is nowhere else like it nearby” Pied Piper Nursery

“a great source of therapy for them… our service users feel that they are giving something back to the community and get a great sense of achievement out of it”  Headway

 “a beneficial and advantageous opportunity for disabled students … helps their self esteem and causes them feel pride, satisfaction and accomplishment”  City of Bristol College, Horizon’s Group tutor

Feedback from our Wednesday Volunteers when asked what they got out of coming to the garden

“A lifeline”

“It has been great being out in the fresh air and meeting everyone. It is a very supportive group of people and there is no pressure. It is great to see the allotment really come together and to be able to think, I planted those or I weeded that bed, etc.”

“Sense of purpose”,

“It’s healthy to get out of house and make friends”

“part of community”

“gives a sense of structure to my week”