Feed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trust's community food-growing project in Stapleton, Bristol

Feed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trusts’ six acre community learning hub and native wildflower nursery where we champion conservation and ecology in a productive setting. Our aim is to inspire people to take action to create a nature rich city. The vision is to establish a replicable model that contributes nature recovering on a grand scale.

We demonstrate the value of nature through ecological land management and wildlife gardening to enhance biodiversity. The site provides a unique and inspiring setting to support well-being, outdoor education and social enterprise. We promote a holistic people centred ecological systems approach so that food growers, schools, communities and businesses can create places where people and wildlife thrive.

You are welcome to visit Monday to Friday (9:00 – 5:00) and the first Saturday of the month for special open days.

This film, funded and produced by Bristol Food Producers, showcases Feed Bristol and the six land based enterprises that we host. 

 

 

Bristol Food Producers is a diverse network of local, independent growers, farmers, food processors and distributors working together to supply the city of Bristol with fresh, fair, local, and sustainably produced food.

What we offer

You can hire our spaces for events and workshops, visit with a community group, bring a school class for an education visit, or take part in corporate volunteering.  For details of all of these please click on the images above.

Wildflower Nursery

Our nursery sources seed responsibly from AWT nature reserves and is grown on with our community groups to provide plants for people to buy and to create a living seed bank of local origin plants at Feed Bristol. Our team can offer advice on plant selection from small back gardens to designing large community spaces. You are welcome to visit midweek (9:00 – 5:00) and the first Saturday of the month.

For a stocklist contact: feedbristol@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

Events

We have a wealth of exciting regular events at the Feed Bristol site, including children's holiday clubs, harvest festivals, growing workshops and more! You can download a PDF of the calendar below, or email events@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk. For all Avon Wildlife Trust events please see our events pages.

Regular Volunteering

We are currently advertising for Wildlife Gardening and Land Management Placements and Wildflower Nursery Placements. Please click here for further information 

 


Grow Leader Course

The hugely popular course aims to support more people to become effective facilitators to engage a range of people in ecological land management and food growing. With a focus on how to develop projects and activities where people and wildlife can thrive in a productive food growing setting.


Our Grow Leader Placement volunteers attend the Grow Leader course for free.

Grow leader placements form part of Feed Bristol's core crew and they are formal positions which require you to be able to commit to two days per week for nine months. You will receive a free place on our Grow Leader Course.

Developing skills in our Grow Leader team and giving people meaningful work experience forms the backbone of this inspirational community project. This enables us to engage with a broad range of community groups to demonstrate social impact and drive the project’s vision forward to become a centre of excellence that champions ecology and food growing. In the first three years we supported 40 people into employment through this process.

The placement volunteer days will be at Feed Bristol Monday, Tuesday Wednesday or Friday from 9.30am –4.00pm and the next course will start in February 2019.

Please download the role description for Grow Leader placement (at the bottom of the page).

 


Field Ecology Courses 

Take part in a range of courses aimed at students, practising ecologists, conservation volunteers and anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in natural history and biological recording.

The courses will provide a thorough introduction to each group’s biology, ecology and diversity within the Bristol area. References and help with understanding relevant literature, and practical activities teaching basic field survey techniques will also be covered. Some of our courses will include field trips to local sites of interest. These courses will aid participants in forming a strong foundation of understanding to take on to further study.

How do I get there?

Feed Bristol is located on the junction of Frenchay Park Rd and Stoke Lane in Stapleton, BS16 1HB. The entrance is by the traffic lights on Frenchay Park Road. You can easily find your way on Google Maps.

Please cycle or use public transport to visit the project if you can. See below for bus routes.

Metro bus:
M3 - City centre, UWE and Emersons Green. For Feed Bristol ask for the Begbrook stop.

Stops at bottom of Stoke Lane (at T-junction with Frenchay Park Rd:

48a - Between City Centre and UWE

Stops outside FB front gate (on Frenchay Park Rd near corner of Stoke lane):

10 - Southmead Hospital, Bristol Parkway, Lyde Green

46 - City Centre, Easton and Yate

19 - Bath to Cribbs Causeway


Nearest train station:
Bristol Parkway (25min walk to FB or get the No. 10 bus)

By car:
If using sat nav use the address opposite our gate to find entrance 148 Frenchay Park Rd, BS16 1HB.
Limited parking on site, please park in Begbrook Social Club opposite.

By bike:
Lots of bike racks on site and a beautiful cycle along the Frome River from Eastville Park to Snuff Mills, where you may spot Kingfishers and Otters on route!
 

Find out more

For latest news, visit us on Facebook 

For more information, please contact the Feed Bristol Project Manager, Matt Cracknell: matt.cracknell@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk, or call Feed Bristol: 0117 965 7086.

 

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