Bus firm backs community garden

May 08 2017

BUS company First has provided £100 of plants in Downend - for the sake of spending a penny.

BUS company First has provided £100 of plants in Downend - for the sake of spending a penny.

Drivers on the number 5 service use the village centre public toilets when their buses complete their route at the Westerleigh Road stop.

They told their managers about the community garden outside the conveniences, which has been created by Downend in Bloom and equipped with large grey planters made by the community group Men and their Tools - and the firm agreed to fund the flowers. 

Alan Barrett, general manager of First Bristol, said: “The facilities at the Downend in Bloom community garden on Westerleigh Road are greatly appreciated by many of our drivers at the end of the service 5 route. 

“The work that the Downend in Bloom team have done on the patch of land is remarkable; they’ve completely transformed it. Anthony Green, who drivers Service 5 regularly, brought this project to our attention and since then it has been a pleasure to work with Downend in Bloom and make the donation.”

Alan continued: “The Downend in Bloom team is full of incredibly enthusiastic individuals that are passionate about brightening up the area they live in. We look forward to seeing their fantastic work really come to life over the summer months as many of our buses travel through the area and we hope to support them further in the future.”

Kate Conner, of Downend in Bloom, said she was delighted to hear from Anthony about the bus company’s donation.

“This project of planters has been a continuation of improving the forecourt area of Westerleigh Road toilets since 2013/14. The original shrubs were removed, which revealed the ‘secret toilets’ that were hardly visible to passers-by at that time. 

“The contribution to our project has made the area a relaxing, attractive, and nice space for the use of the community.”