As the temperatures start to rise and the nights get lighter, our thoughts turn to summer sunshine and plenty of opportunities for chilling out and enjoying time outdoors with friends and family.

We are lucky to have our small patches of green and open space in a crowded urban environment – Zone A on Wells Road and Zone N opposite Totterdown Gym – these small spaces are often used by residents in the summer for picnics or just sitting reading and chatting. Totterdown Square, on Oxford Street, also comes into its own in the summer as people enjoy dining al fresco, impromptu table tennis games and children play in the square and around the trees.

Maintenance of these spaces, in particular the planting of the flowers and vegetables, as well as the litter picking, is all undertaken by TRESA volunteers. The Totterdown Sprouting team regularly meet to weed and plant out crops, and this year I think the beds in Totterdown Square have been the best I have ever seen them – a riot of colour amongst the paving slabs. If you appreciate the work that is put in, then please do help us to maintain these spaces by refraining from leaving litter. Taking pride in our environment is so important, and with a little thought we can ensure these spaces remain beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

It’s also the time of year when we celebrate our own Front Gardens. Each year the number of awards we issue for the TRESA Front Garden competition increases – people really rise to the challenge of making the most of small plots of land, windowsills and hanging baskets, and it’s a pleasure to see the different planting schemes and fun ideas which residents come up with. Our local businesses also take pride in keeping their premises clear, tidy and colourful. Judging for this year’s competition will start soon and there are 4 categories this year with prizes donated by Greenwoods, Totterdown Canteen, Fig1 and Banco Lounge.

In previous years we have celebrated, with others across the country, the ‘Great Get Together’. Our event this year takes place on Sunday 23 June from 2-6pm up at Zone A. We look forward to a relaxed afternoon of family fun and hope to meet some of you up there. TRESA will have a stall and you can find out more about our plans for the area and meet some of the directors involved in making those plans happen.

So, enjoy the sunshine, and do say hello if you see us out and about!

Editor, Talk of Totterdown

2019 Talk of Totterdown publication dates and copy deadlines

  • AUTUMN 2019 published early Sept – deadline for copy 1 July
  • WINTER 2019 published early November – deadline for copy 1 October

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PS Many thanks to those of you who have commented favourably on the previous issue, published in February, which focussed on ideas of ‘Sustainability’. I hope to produce a similar issue at some point in the future, so do email us if you have any areas you would like us to cover.