Representing Guernsey in the Large Village category 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!
In 2010 we were delighted to represent the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the RHS 'Brtainin in Bloom' competition. The parish was awarded Gold in the Large Village category. We are delighted to be representing the Bailiwick again in 2013.
Our 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). It was first opened to the public in May 2009. Our aim is to maintain the unique natural environment and wildlife meadow. In 2009 we organised the planting of over a hundred trees and created a living willow outdoor classroom and bird hide. In 2012 to celebrate RHS 'Dig together Day' we held another community planting session with over 50 indiginous trees planted by parishioners. Le ch'min is open daily to the public and families and youth groups are always welcome.
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.
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.
The most important aspect for us as the Floral St Peter's Group is that we all enjoy being involved, and have a lot of fun in the process.
We much appreciate the support of a willing band of volunteers who have signed up to our 'Give an Hour' campaign and all the businesses, organisations and parishioners who support our initiaitves.
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. Quiet country lanes meander through the parish to a winding cliff path which tops picturesque rugged cliffs on the island's south coast, and on the west coast a series of sandy beaches.
To find out more about how we keep St Pierre du Bois blooming go to http://youtu.be/GNuohaNbf3E (Video kindly provided by Visit Guernsey.)