Bristol companies Elmtree Garden Contractors and Craig West Turf have completed works to re-turf Bristol’s College Green for a fraction of the estimated cost.
The historic green area in Bristol’s City Centre was damaged by protestors from the Occupy Bristol movement camping on it during the winter, destroying the grass. They were peacefully evicted on 31st January, after which Bristol City Council were burdened with the decision of how to restore it whilst not wasting taxpayers’ money. Most of the grass had been ruined and it was feared it would cost in excess of £20,000 to restore it.
Occupy Bristol had offered to re-seed it, although this would have meant the green would not have been ready for public use until at least June. Additionally a Bristol City Council spokesman said: “Although some seeding might be successful, this would most likely lead to a lasting mix and match appearance of the site, which would not match the consistently high standard of the grass before occupation.”
Elmtree Garden Contractors and Craig West Turf decided to make a goodwill offer to re-turf the whole site of over 5000m2 for only £4000 – significantly less than the cost of turf itself. Works took 6 days and were completed on Monday 27th February.
The turf is expected to take a month to establish, before College Green is re-opened to the public in early April in readiness for the many summer events which are planned to be held on this impressive site
Elmtree Garden Contractors Ltd
T : 01454 633560
Craig West Turf
T: 0117 982 2255

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