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GREEN SQUARES AND SECRET GARDENS IN CLIFTON, CLIFTONWOOD AND HOTWELLS, BRISTOL.

ORGANISED BY CLIFTON & HOTWELLS IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY [CHIS]

SATURDAY 6th JUNE and SUNDAY 7th JUNE. 11.00 5.00

WHO CAN RESIST A PEEP INTO PRIVACY?

On these two days people have an opportunity to visit some of the large communal gardens that usually are only seen by the residents because they are either enclosed or behind a terrace or crescent. There are two private gardens, the grounds of a University of Bristol Hall of Residence, six communal gardens, two public squares and one public park. Your ticket comes with a booklet containing a map, brief histories of the gardens and information on some interesting things you can look out for whilst going from garden to garden plus a tree trail for St Andrew's Churchyard.

A ticket costs only 3.00 and is valid for both days.

We want people to come and enjoy these secret gardens and Green Squares.

This is part of the scheme started in London and now spreading in the EU. However, Bristol is the only other place in England that has joined in. Last year was the first year and proved to be most successful with over 650 visitors. The feedback was that people really liked this intriguing peep into privacy and enjoyed seeing gardens that are being used and not necessarily in perfect condition. In many ways more interesting than a manicured herbaceous border. All these gardens can choose when they will be open over the weekend. The list (as of 25th May) is below

This is also an opportunity for the garden owners to raise money, so there are some entertainments, refreshments or stalls selling cakes, plants, etc. Once expenses have been paid, the money from the sale of the tickets is divided between the communal gardens.

GARDENS OPEN ON SATURDAY 6th JUNE

Please note that there may be changes at the last minute. We will keep this website up-to-date with information as it comes in to us.

The post codes have been included for mobile phone maps and satnav

* Indicates that the gardens are not usually open to the public.

GARDENS OPEN ON SUNDAY 7th JUNE

Sorry, only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens.

CAR PARKING AND TRANSPORT


Recently most of the area has become a Residents Parking Zone. This means that on Saturday 6th June there will be a limited number of parking places On Sunday 7th June the residents parking restrictions do not apply and one can park anywhere.

There is a large multi-storey car park quite close. Google: west end car park bristol.

BUS SERVICES to CLIFTON VILLAGE

8 (First Bus) Temple Meads via The Centre, Park Street, Victoria Square CLIFTON VILLAGE, The Zoo, Redland, The Centre, Temple Meads.
Buses leave Temple Meads
Saturdays approximately every 12 minutes from 09.00hrs
Sundays approximately every 20 minutes from 09.00hrs
Journey time to Clifton Village about 20 minutes

9 (First Bus) Temple Meads via The Centre, Cotham, Redland, Clifton Down Station, The Zoo, CLIFTON VILLAGE Victoria Square, Queens Road, The Centre, Temple Meads.
Buses leave Temple Meads
Saturdays approximately every 12 minutes from 09.00hrs
Sundays approximately every 20 minutes from 09.00hrs
Journey Time to Clifton Village approximately 40 minutes

NB if changing buses in the Centre get the 8 opposite The Hippodrome

901 (Wessex) Park and Ride Portway (a circular service)
Located adjacent to Junction 18 M5 Motorway
Buses leave Portway Park and Ride
Saturdays every 20 minutes from 07.20hrs
Sundays NO SERVICE
The Journey time to Clifton Village is approximately 11 minutes

505 (Wessex) Park and Ride Long Ashton - Southmead Hospital,
(Located just off the A370 travelling into Bristol from N. Somerset)
Buses leave Bower Ashton Park and Ride
Saturdays every 30 minutes from 09.20hrs
Sundays every hour from 10.00hrs
The journey time to Clifton Village is just under 15 minutes
Buses leave Southmead Hospital
Saturdays every 30 minutes from 08.30hrs
Sundays every hour from 10.00hrs
The Journey time to Clifton Village is about 25 minutes

We would advise people using public transport or public car parks to buy their tickets in advance so they can plan a route that suits them best.

VISITORS' TICKETS CAN BE BOUGHT IN ADVANCE from GSSG, 11 Goldney Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4RA. Please send a sae [9 x 6.5 inch (23.5 x 14 cm) envelope] or a stamp and your address and enclose a cheque made payable to CHIS.
Tickets are 3.00 per person. Free entry for those under 16.

On 6th & 7th June from 11.00 a.m. tickets will be on sale outside the Arch House Deli which is between Victoria Square and Boyce's Avenue. If you are coming on the 8 or 9 buses get off at the Victoria Square bus stop and go across the square on the diagonal path and you will find us selling tickets.

We cannot be responsible for any last minute alterations or for matters about which we have not been informed. I am sure you will understand that this is run on a voluntary basis and goodwill.

RoseMary Musgrave on behalf of the committee of GSSG. We are part of CHIS and grateful to the Society for being able to use their website and banking facilities.

I am happy to try to answer any questions if you contact me by email: r.musgrave4@gmail.com

WE ARE HOPING FOR A SUNNY WEEKEND AND TO SEEING MANY OF YOU HERE.

PS An added attraction is that the week-long Clifton FoodFest starts on Friday 5th when a number of Clifton restaurants offer a 10.00 main meal and other culinary temptations. On Saturday 6th there should be street stalls outside the cafes and restaurants offering 'tasters' of their food.

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