Originally set up as a Front Garden Festival in 2017 - Blooming Whiteway has grown into so much more!
BW is about growing - growing plants & growing us as a community!
In 2017 we worked with Bath City Farm, Vegmead, Twerton Infants School, Roundhill Primary School, Avon Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Hilliers, BathCity FC, Southdown Methodist Church and DNAarts - to name a few.
We collaborated with all sorts including other community groups, artists, growers, performers and wildlife enthusiasts.
We were funded by the Tesco Bags of Help, Curo and BANES
We provide free plants, tools, resources, seeds and advice to support residents develop their gardens.
We ran over a dozen free events across the year in all sorts of venues giving participants the chance to grow and make.
We led a walk for the first ever Bathscape Walking Festival.
And nearly 30 Whiteway residents shared their gardens for the Blooming Whiteway Front Garden Festival 2017!
Our judges visited the gardens and awarded all sorts of prizes - from 'Community Asset' to 'Best Year Round Garden' - we don't have set categories which allows us to reward all sorts of gardens and gardeners.
For 2018 we have a very special project at the heart of our festival - Throw Sow Grow. Working closely with two groups of young people piloting a making/growing project with a twist!
Equipped with two potters wheels, pot making expertise, a potting bench and native plant know-how we will be guiding participants through pot making, firing and planting up. The aim is to make a garden we can hold in our hands!
The public will have a chance to get involved too at our events in Rosewarn Park in March & May.
Rosewarn Park is a hidden wonder, neglected by humans loved by wildlife! We're running our events in the park and working with Curo and Bath City Farm to encourage more humans to love the park!
The Blooming Whiteway Front Garden Festival ramps up in May again - so we're hoping to beat last year's record and get 50 households involved!