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Avon Wildlife Trust


The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.

www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk


Friends of Ridge Wood


Join in the fun! Help the Friends of Ridge Wood manage this much valued, wildlife-rich woodland. All are welcome - we work hard but have lots of parties!

www.ridge-wood.org.uk
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Growing Ideas Gardening Club


We meet every first Wednesday of the month from September to June (with a break at Christmas) in the Watkins Room in the Old Grammar School Rooms, Chipping Sodbury at 7.30pm. Annual Subs are £20.00 and visitors pay £3. We have a varied programme of speakers and the occasional workshop.

We have a day’s coach trip each year to visit Open Gardens or other places of gardening interest. We support Sodbury in Bloom. We are a friendly club and by no means all expert gardeners. We enjoy sharing what knowledge we do have and welcome visitors to any of our meetings.

If anyone is interested in joining or just finding out about our club they are welcome to come to a meeting or contact Naomi Gathercole.

Tel: 01454 314476
mysodbury.co.uk/sodbury/d/6635/gr...
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Jekka's Herbetum


Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston BS35 3SY
www.jekkas.com
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Lady’s Wood Shooting School


Mapleridge Lane, Horton, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6PW
Tel: 01454 294546
www.ladyswood.co.uk
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Lilliput Park Conservation Group


We are a small group that will welcome new members. We work at our own pace litterpicking, weeding, cutting back brambles, and pruning shrubs.

Kingfisher Road, Chipping Sodbury
www.facebook.com/groups/813320288...
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National Garden Scheme - South Gloucestershire


After many weeks of lockdown many of our gardens are now open. But we know there are many people who are not able to get out and visit and they have particularly enjoyed our Virtual Garden Visits. So even though we will not be adding new videos from the end of June, our library of nearly 200 garden videos will be constantly available here. And the Help Support our Nurses campaign continues to the end of the year, so if you visit a garden or view a Virtual Garden Visit, do please consider a donation. We are tantalisingly close to our £100,000 target.

The National Garden Scheme is proud to say that 80% of money raised through opening gardens goes to health 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.'

To find out more, contact the County Organiser, Su Mills by phone or email.

Tel: 01454 615438
ngs.org.uk
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Organic Blooms


Latteridge Hill, Latteridge BS37 9TS
Tel: 07849 065551
Tel: 07766 023921
www.organicblooms.co.uk
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Severnside Ramblers


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.

www.severnside-ramblers.org.uk


Sodbury in Bloom


The Sodbury in Bloom group are a small band of volunteers who meet 10am on the first Thursday of the month by the clock tower to garden around town. They are also looking for people who might be willing to keep an eye on their local patch, cutting weeds back or planting bulbs as appropriate.
If you have green fingers and fancy enhancing your local patch, please get in touch.

Tel: 01454 853736
www.mysodbury.co.uk/inbloom
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Southwold Ramblers


Southwold Ramblers is a local group of the Ramblers' Association (RA). The group is based in the Yate and Chipping Sodbury area of South Gloucestershire; however, our walks take us to many different locations.
The group organises rambles (approx 4-15 miles) on a regular programme throughout the year, during the week and at weekends.

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/gr...


Walking for Health


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
www.southglos.gov.uk/walking
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Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve


The warmth and exhilaration of flower rich meadows, secretive ancient woodlands and wooded grassland plateaux are all found on a visit to Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve to the south of Yate.

Between Cherington and Besom Lane, Yate
www.wapleybushes.info




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