We have to work hard to raise enough funds in our quest to keep Portishead looking florally attractive and clean and tidy for residents and visitors alike. Twice every year we fill our 52 tubs, 8 carousels, 4 spiral containers both at Waitrose and the Folk Hall (the offices of Portishead and District Council) with winter and summer plants.
The Town Council give us a generous grant every year and North Somerset District Council help by providing plants for the carousels as well as taking care of the watering of them during the summer. Occasionally they also provide us with a grant for a special project which they have done to help us this year as we have been entered for the National Finals in the R.H.S. Urban Community Group.
We are again fortunate in getting several donations from various local community groups and we also have bucket collections at some of the local food stores.
We hold various events ourselves to raise funds. We have a spring plant sale in the High Street in May, a stall at the Victorian Evening in December when we sell potted-up bulbs, a stand at the Portishead Horticultural Society’s Flower Show in July and Carnival in June when people give donations and an Open Gardens Weekend in early summer. This seems to grow in popularity each year. We generally have about 15 varied gardens opening over the weekend and people come along from miles around, so providing us with a crucial amount of money to continue our work.