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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


Floral Friends of Frampton


We are a group of volunteers who came together in summer 2014 with the aim of improving Frampton Cotterell by planting bulbs and flowers around our village
Our funding comes from grants, donations and our own fund raising activities. We have also received generous gifts from local businesses and residents who have been wholly supportive of our efforts.
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to our group. Anyone wishing to join the group can contact us via our website.

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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
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Moving Mountains Outdoor Skills Education


Oakleigh Green Farm Lane, Westerleigh BS37 8QZ
Tel: 0117 405 7399
moving-mountains.co.uk
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National Garden Scheme - South Gloucestershire


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
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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Raptorcare


Tel: 01454 294258
www.raptorcare.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


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


Yate and District Garden Group


We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the Pop Inn cafe 7.30-9.30pm. The summer meetings in May-Aug are generally evening visits to other gardens. The membership is £7 per year. Visitors are welcome for a small admission fee. For more information, please phone Jane.

Tel: 01454 317596




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