Representing Guernsey in 2015 RHS Britain in Bloom 'Small Coastal' category
GOLD AWARD WINNERS in 2010 & 2013 RHS Britain in Bloom
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Floral Guernsey is not just about planting flowers, it also aims to improve the Bailiwick environment with conservation projects, permanent planting schemes, recycling and sustainability projects. Here in St Pierre du Bois we embrace their ethos by working with our parish community to enhance our natural environment!
This year we represent the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the RHS 'Brtainin in Bloom' competition for the third time. The parish was awarded Gold in the Floral Guernsey community competition last year as well as the Heritage and Conservation & Wildlife Award. We are delighted to be representing the Bailiwick again at national level, this time in the Small Coastal Category for communities with a population of under 12,000.
New projects for 2015 are focusing on our coastal areas, particularly at Rocquaine and L’Eree. For example we are enhancing the area surrounding the toilets at L’Eree, landscaping the grassed triangle on the coast road at Le Douit, creating a pathway at La rue du Braye linking National Trust land with Le Creux es Faies, clearing areas of hottentot fig and uncovering the walls of two pre war cottages on the L’Eree headland. And we are holding a Vraic Day to celebrate the historical and present day uses of seaweed.
Our ongoing major initiatives include:
The Marie de Garis Community Garden Created from a patch of wasteland next to the Post Office in 2008. Two years later it was named the Marie de Garis Community Garden in recognition of the doyenne of our parish who celebrated her 100th birthday in June that year.
Le Ch’min du Trésor is a circular walk starting at Les Buttes (the parish green). La Société Guernesiaise has now taken over management of the area. It was first opened to the public in May 2009. Our aim is to maintain the unique natural environment and wildlife meadow. We have held two community tree planting days there and regularly hold a community picnic in the meadow. Le Ch'min is open daily to the public and families and youth groups are always welcome.
La Tourelle road junction In 2012 a new layout at the junction was part of Guernsey airport redevelopment. With permission from the Public Services Department and planning permission we were able to landscape the area to keep its rural feel. This is the first time a parish group has worked with a States department to create a permanent feature - we hope it will be the first of others around the island.
Les Brehauts poppy field. To commemorate the start of the First World War a field opposite the St Peters Food Hall has been planted with '000's of poppy seeds. The parish community came together in November 2014 to complete the planting which was 'staggered' through the autumn. Our thanks to landowner Paul de Garis who has given us the use of the field for four years.
Trees at La Croix cemetery In Spring 2009 over 50 pupils of La Houguette Primary School planted a line of 22 trees to provide a natural break between vehicles and the area of grass into which the cemetery will be extended.
Floral St Peter's Group is all about having fun and enjoying being involved.
A big vote of thanks to our willing band of volunteers who have signed up to our 'Give an Hour' campaign and all the businesses, organisations and parishioners who support us.
St Pierre du Bois, now more commonly known as St Peter's is one of 10 parishes in Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands. One of the western 'country' parishes, it is bordered on three sides by Torteval, St Saviours, and the Forest. The island’s first (and only) RAMSAR site is located in the north west of St Pierre du Bois, taking in Lihou Island and the Colin Best Nature Reserve. The sandy beaches of L’Eree and Rocquaine are popular with visitors and locals alike during the summer and provide fascinating coastal walks throughout the year. Guernsey’s shipwreck museum is housed at Fort Grey, a martello tower dating back to 1804. Inland, quiet country lanes meander through the parish, and a winding cliff path which tops picturesque rugged cliffs to the south continues east as far as town.
Find out more about what is happening in St Pierre du Bois:
Fort Grey, Shipwreck museum www.museums.gov.gg
Lihou Island www.lihouisland.com
Rocquaine.Regatta - Saturday 25th July, Rocquaine.
A full day of entertainment, activities and fun, on stage, on the beach and in the sea. With something suitable for all ages why not come along and join us for a great day. The event is free and there is also free entry to Fort Grey, Maritime Museum. www.facebook.com/Rocquaine.Regatta
The West Show Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th August, Colin Best Nature Reserve
Now in its 102nd year the West show is a traditional agricultural and horticultural country show and is the highlight of the summer for both visitors and western parishioners alike. www.thewestshow
To find out more about how we keep St Pierre du Bois blooming go to http://youtube/GNuohaNbf3E (Video kindly provided by Visit Guernsey.)