GRASS – Gordon Road Area Street Scheme – was originally setup in 2003 as a resident led community volunteer group, its stated aims are to improve the quality of life for residents in Cliftonville. Grass is currently seeking funding for two of its main free community projects for 2019 Cliftonville in Bloom and the Cliftonville Games. In order to do this GRASS has been selected in taking part in the Aviva Community Fund. An open competition in which projects compete to gain funding to make a difference in their community. Chair person Simon Bell said “Both our projects ‘Cliftonville Games’ and ‘Cliftonville in Bloom’ are now at the public voting stage and we need every member of the community to cast their votes in support of these projects”.
Cliftonville in Bloom is a gardening competition that aims to encourage residents in Cliftonville to use their horticultural skills to help the environment and improve the appearance of our area. Entry is free with categories for both experienced and novice gardeners.
Whilst the annual Cliftonville Games day has a focus on the wider community, diversity and inclusion. GRASS provides many free activities for children, including inflatables, races, arts & crafts, and the event also includes street food vendors, market stalls and live music. This year the Cliftonville Games had up to 5,000 people in attendance at the Oval Lawns. Analysis of our recent Cliftonville Games survey shows that for 34% of attendees at this year’s event, it was their first time attending an event in Cliftonville, whilst 96% stated that they would attend another community event run by GRASS.
Voting is open until 20th November 2018 and everyone can cast 10 votes for the projects.
GRASS had a really successful day at “Stronger Kent Community Fair” today in Ramsgate. The event was a great opportunity to talk with fellow organisations and volunteers. It was a great opportunity to network and meet volunteer groups from all over Kent.
At the end of April we held our launch event at the Cliftonville Farmers’ Market and, despite the chilly weather, it was a resounding success. A BIG thank you to those hardy Cliftonville residents who popped along to say hello and to sign up for the competition, many of whom I know were thrilled to receive some FREE plants to go in their garden! Please read on for further news about more free plants and discounts for ALL competition entrants….
Free plants for YOU!
We’ve replanted all the leftover plug plants from our launch event (donated by Bunnings & B&Q), so we’ll grow these on for another week to get them established and then give them away. If any entrants would like to receive some of these FREE plants please email us by Friday 18th May and we’ll arrange to get them to email@example.com
20% plant discount!
Liz from The Secret Garden Florist has very kindly offered a 20% discount on all in-person purchases of outdoor plants from her fantastic shop at 174 Northdown Road in Cliftonville. All entrants will be receiving a discount card through their door very soon! thesecretgardenflorist.co.uk
If you pop along to The Garden Gate Project at Northdown Park Road, CT9 3TP and mention Cliftonville in Bloom, you can make up a few of your own bags of compost. This is ideal for the bottom of pots and planters to encourage your plants to grow! thegardengateproject.co.uk