Sarah Thorp, Owner of Room 212 will be showing samples of her decoupage artwork at her lovely new Eco House, along with jewellery maker Katie Johnston while Catherine Amesbury will be selling her bespoke jewellery at Artemis. Room 212 will also be open throughout the trail weekend, showing work by many other North Bristol Artists - a perfect way to sample what is to be found on the trail.
Sarah is also the main organiser of Glos Rd Central. Pop round to the 212 Eco House to learn about all the fabulous events and plans for this vibrant section of the road.
Tune in to BBC Springwatch this Thursday (June 16th) at 8pm to see Room 212 and Glos Rd Central
Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp was delighted to welcome BBC Springwatch presenter Nick Baker and TV crew to her shop this May. They were filming the installation of planters full of pollinator friendly plants and flowers on Gloucester Road by Avon Wildlife Trust. Sarah had instigated the project by first planting up an old enamel bath outside Room 212 and encouraging other traders to grow plants outside their shops . She then invited Avon Wildlife Trust to oversee the planters and applied for funding from the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership.
There are now over 30 planters on the pavements if Glos Rd Central which brighten up the lives of bees and shoppers alike.Springwatch will be aired every day from May 30th so look out for the episode on Gloucester Road!
Meet the Bees On Gloucester Road
June 11 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Local Beekeepers Hives & Herbals have set up a section of living beehive outside Room 212. Spot the Queen and pick up bee related tips and products. Enjoy the bee friendly plants growing in more than 30 pavement planters outside Glos Rd Central shops – part of the Avon Wildlife Trust ‘My Wild City’ project.
Greening up Gloucester Road
The ‘My Wild City’ team have been at it again. This this time we teamed up with the business community of Gloucester Road Central. Our mission, to create an urban pollinator corridor on this busy road in Bristol. Mission impossible? We didn’t think so and we’ve proved it!
Funded by a combination of Neighbourhood Partnership grants and My Wild City project funding, the offer of personalised pollinator planters was given to 55 businesses running from the Egerton Rd junction all the way up to Nevil Rd, an area locally known as Gloucester Road Central . Thirty businesses ranging from café’s, boutiques, hardware stores, solicitors to food shops. Even the local butcher got involved.
Over the course of a week in early May, 50 new planters were installed requiring 1000 pieces of wood, 22 tonnes of supersoil (compost-topsoil mix) and over 450 nectar-rich plants, flowering shrubs and small trees. Planting plans were drawn up by wildlife garden experts at Earth Timber Stone who took into account the urban context of the project to include appropriately hardy species were chosen which can survive the additional pollution and disturbance by people.
More than half the plants included were native wildflowers including bird’s foot trefoil, ivy leaved toadflax, wild strawberry, selfheal, bugle, red campion and meadow cranesbill. Herbs such as sage, thyme, mint and rosemary commonly featured in many of the planters as they have a joint appeal to both people and wildlife. By attaching trellis we even managed to cater for native climbers including honeysuckle and clematis.
As well as members of the Avon Wildlife Trust staff, a series of dedicated volunteers gave up over 120 hours of their time to the cause. A doctor, an accountant and a waitress were amongst those who donned garden gloves over the 7 days. Even employees of the local businesses got involved with staff dropping by on their way home from a long shift.
The project was officially launched on the 7th May at the annual Gloucester Road Mayfest organised and hosted by Sarah Thorp at Room 212 who has recently built her own eco-house at the back of her shop including two green roofs.
The additional of so much greenery has vastly increased opportunities for pollinators along this 400m stretch of concreted grey. As well as helping the local wildlife, it’s hoped the project will make the shopping experience for all those visiting the area a little bit more ‘wild’ and create a buzzing hub for local traders and shoppers.
Plus, the project attracted the interest of BBC Spring Watch , and a filming crew joined the action for a day - so look out for Bristol’s Gloucester Road on the telly in June!
The Glos Rd Central Mayfest on May 7th is a popular free community event to welcome the arrival of the traditional Jack in the Green procession of musicians and dancers and is part of the Neighbourhood Partnership May Week. This year's festival will launch over 40 planters of flowers outside shops, created by the Avon Wildlife Trust to encourage bees and other pollinators to our area.
Traders and community groups will be spilling their wares out onto the Gloucester Road pavements. Room 212, Paper Plane and Moodles will have free creative activities, Billie Jean and Bristol Vintage will return with clothes and cashmere while Odd Sox will hold a sale of kids shoes.
Glos Rd Central Mayfest is part of the Bristol Food Connection Programme so there'll be loads of food and drink on offer including free samples from Joe Bakery, delicious cakes from Boston Tea Party and Cake, The Italian Sausage Co outside Millards, bbq by Giles Butchers, a Fairtrade stall and locally sourced delights from Pizzarova, Cafe Dream and Nico's Kitchen. Bishop Road will be closed to traffic from Gloucester Road to Manor Road with events such as facepainting, needlefelting and a children's tea cup ride. The Golden Lion bar and stage will host music, singing from community choirs and a preview from Mr Gotalot. Playing Out will be taking over the residental end of Bishop road while anyone interested in Green Building can take a wander down Bishop Lane to check out the new 212 Eco house. Read Bishopstone Matters article PG12 CLICK HERE
The Golden Lion are setting up a sound system on Bishop Rd just after Bishop Lane. The line up is as follows
11.30am Bristol Folk Singers
12.30 Ashley Down Choir
1.00pm launch speech of Mayfest and My Wild City pavement planters by Thangam Debbonaire and Avon Wildlife Trust Matt Collis
1.30pm Mr Gotalot and his Pop Up Shop
2.30 -3.30 acoustic performance by Slimline Shuffles
3.30 Arrival of Jack in the Green plus dancers / musicians
4 - 5 pm acoustic performance by Lone Wolf
All day events include colouring and bunting making outside Room 212, paper craft outside Paper Plane, creative activities outside Fig, Billie Jean Vintage outside Bertoldi tailoring, charity cake sale by Gloucester Road WI, Baby Bank Network raffle outside Moodles, Gingerbread people decorating outside Joes Bakery. The 212 Eco House launch is just down Bishop Lane where the builders and designers will be on hand to talk about sustainable building techniques, living roof, live willow hedges, recycling tips and more.
Everyone do a sunshine dance please!
Free colouring group led by Val Hall at Boston Tea Party. Wednesdays 3 - 5pm. All ages welcome. Materials provided plus free cake!'
This is an invitation is to ALL residents of the Bishopston area, North Bristol, to create a display in their window or garden. This event is an opportunity to light the community up during the dark winter. A good excuse to wrap up warm and go on a magical evening stroll, getting to know your neighbours in a new way. www.windowwanderland.com
Dec 3rd Glos Rd Central Christmas Street Party 5.30 -8pm. For the 3rd year running traders on our part of Gloucester Rd will be hosting a Free Community Event to launch our Thursday late openings during December. There will be music from Bishop Rd Community choir, free art activities, fair trade stall, bike powered Christmas tree lights, wreaths from Golden Hill Allotments, lots of lovely food and drink from Joes Bakery & Cake Watch out for more deta
Throughout the trail Boston Tea Party are selling chocolate ganache filled doughnuts topped with icing and a raspberry, just like Tom Hovey's Shaun’s head! They have been developed by the amazing Hobbs House Bakery and all profits will be donated to the The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. www.tomhovey.co.uk room212.co.uk/index.php/tom-hovey
Glos Rd Central Mayfest
Independent shops, businesses & local groups joining together to promote the vibrant community on and around Gloucester Road Central
... the longest street of independent traders in Europe...
Traders on the central part of Gloucester Road -' the longest street of independent traders in Europe' - have joined together to share events, ideas and information from our community. Our shops are from 'Pigsty Hill' up and range from cafes, art galleries, gift shops & furniture makers to fresh fruit & veg shops, hardware stores & bike shops.
Glos Rd Central Mayfest will launch the Redland, Cotham and Bishopston Neighbourhood Partnership week of communtiy events.
Participating organisations include SusTrans, Bristol Pound, Friends of Horfield Common, Golden Hill Community Garden, Go Ape Project, Playing Out, local community choirs, schools etc.
Further information is on the Facebook page , Twitter and www.bristol2015.co.uk