Come along and help with our 2nd annual BIG BULB PLANT at Kings Weston. The event will be free to attend and be held on Saturday 11th October. Everyone is welcome to come along and lend a hand so bring along your family and friends and help make a difference to the historic parkland.
This year we have over 4000 bulbs to get through; twice the amount we had last year so we need all the help you can give. This will be a working party event that everyone can get involved with whether young or old and will be a change to the more strenuous exertions of our usual monthly event.
We have many native bluebell, narcissus, crocus, and snowdrop bulbs, each with their own spot in the woodlands and along the slopes around the Echo. Please cone along any time during the day and lend a hand where you can. Bring a spade if you have one, but some will be available.
We hope to see you there any time between 10am and 3:30 on the 11th.
KWAG Will be running one of our popular guided walks of the Kings Weston Estate on the morning of Saturday 27th September starting at 10:30 am at Shirehampton Road car park.
Our Chairman, David Martyn, will take you around the historic highlights of the Kings Weston estate from the well known, to the well hidden. Based on our most recent research the illustrated tours take in four hundred years of Kings Weston’s history. The tour lasts approximately three hours and the route is about 1.8 miles long. Prices are £5 per person, payable on the day, with under 16s free, however, numbers are limited and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
These always get booked up quickly so please get in touch soon if you would like to secure places for you and your friends. To book, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by hone to 07811 666671. All proceeds go towards projects at kings Weston.
Once again Bristol Doors Open Day is upon us. Next week, Sat the 13th September is the annual event held across the city and Kings Weston House returns to the programme. All venues are free to visit and at Kings Weston this is a great opportunity to take a look at the progress in restoration that has been made over the last couple of years.
KWAG will be in attendance with our exhibition, and an art fair to help raise funds for our projects, particularly for the restoration of the historic avenue that will go ahead in November this year.
Come along and learn more about the house and estate and help celebrate the extraordinary history of Kings Weston. Take a sneaky peek at what you can see in our photo gallery here http://www.kwag.org.uk/gallery/inside-kings-weston-house/
We are extremely grateful for the generous donation of £1000 received from Bristol Port Company this week to secure the restoration of the avenue in memory of KWAG’s co-founder Tim Denning. In 2011 Tim helped build KWAG’s first major project, the Echo exhibition, with the help of Bristol Port Co so it is with incredible thanks that we accept this donation from them.
It has taken a couple of years to pass through the various hoops to get permission from the City Council for the project, but we can announce here that it will be going ahead this Autumn.
The donation from Bristol Port Co matches the donations from Tim’s friends, family, and KWAG volunteers. We are still need to find additional funds to complete the project and we are asking everyone out there if they would be able to make any contributions.
We are continuing to fund raise for this project and if you would like to support this project we will be collecting at Bristol Doors Open Day at the house on Sat 13th September. We welcome bank transfers to the KWAG account with the following details:
Account name: Kings Weston Action Group
Sort code. Barclays Bank: 20-13-34
Account No 33567737
Cheques can be sent to Kings Weston Action Group, c/o75A Alma Road, Bristol, BS8 2DW
We’ve been given a grant by the Avon Gardens Trust to progress a new orientation board for the Kings Weston Estate. The artwork is almost ready now and hopefully the steel board, matching those at Ashton Court and Stoke Park, will be commissioned in the next couple of weeks and installed by the end of the year.
IMPORTANT CAFE UPDATE
Just so everyone is aware the cafe at Kings Weston House is changing ownership. Cafe Retreat who have been running the vaulted coffee shop for 13 years are moving on. They have provided excellent refreshments, the cafe has really helped in making the park an attractive destination, and it’s a shame to see them go. They will continue to operate their popular cafe on the Downs.
Please don’t panic though. There will continue to be a cafe, and it’ll be operated by the Kings Weston House team as a going concern. There isn’t expected to be much interruption between Cafe Retreat leaving in October and the new cafe service commencing, but we will update you if there are any changes to the plan.
I hope you will join us in wishing Gayle Tate and her team at Cafe Retreat all the best for the future.
The working party was in full swing last month with the clearance around, and in, the ponds below the Echo. Here are a few images of the results along with the shots kindly taken by Bob Pitchford of the work in progress. A full record and more detail of August’s work is available here.
Next month the working party will take place a week later than advertised on the 20th September. The 13th of September will be Bristol Doors open day at Kings Weston House.
Not the best match up of views of the upper pond, but you can see the difference. From overgrown mud hole to open water.
The lower pond was cleared of debris, and the upper pond appears out of the undergrowth.
Looking across the lower pond towards the Echo showing the quantity of material on the banks that we dredged out of it. Laurels vanish from the middle distance.