The Spode Rose Garden and Bags of Help

1st January to 28th February, 2019

Good news from The Friends of Spode Rose Garden:
The Friends of Spode Rose Garden are bidding to secure a boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores in Hanley, Kidsgrove, Fegg Hayes and Audley to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
The Friends of Spode Rose Garden are one of the groups on the shortlist.
We are shortlisted for a project we aim to get off the ground this year; to create a Secret Woodland Trail within the rose garden, designed with and for local children, revealing some of the surprising and exciting plants that will grow in shaded areas of an urban garden.

Urban Green spaces have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of city dwellers. The Friends of Spode Rose Garden group was formed in May 2016, after a 3 year creative arts project led by AirSpace Gallery, to transform an abandoned garden in the heart of Stoke, into a thriving, beautiful community space, which is now used daily by all generations, as a space to play, relax and enjoy wildlife.

Since forming, the group has worked hard to focus on developing sections of the garden, inspired by historic Spode Patterns, maintaining the whole garden and showcasing the beautiful diversity of plants and flowers represented on the Spode Wares. The whole garden was planned and support built around the emblematic ‘Spode China Rose’ a new species of Rose bred by Gareth Fryer of Fryer’s Roses, which AirSpace Gallery commissioned in 2013 – to represent the potential of the garden, and the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

For 2019 The Friends of Spode Rose Garden aim to focus on a section of the garden which is not yet developed – a space which currently is used as a compost heap, and a path area, in the shade of a willow tree, which we have noticed is always a favourite area of young children. The aim is to transform into a secret woodland trail, with planting and creative features based on Native Woodland Wildflowers. It will become an outdoor learning space.
This is an opportunity for volunteers to work together to make physical improvements to a public space, and will be an exciting project for children and young people, inspiring the next generation of gardeners.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores January and February 2019 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

More info about our project HERE

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The Friends of the Spode Rose Garden have been shortlisted as 1 of 3 Staffordshire community organisations in line for a grant in Tesco's Bags of Help Project.

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