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Feed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trust's exciting food growing project on 8 acres of beautiful land buzzing with wildlife in Stapleton. It is a great place to discover how to grow organic food and experience how nature helps us grow. Everyone who gets involved can take away some fresh tasty food.

 

Our aim is to support a range of people with different needs and abilities to access food growing while promoting health, well-being, out-door education and access to nature. Our objective is to support as many people as possible get the most out of local food production. This is a fantastic asset for Bristol so come and help us make the most of it!

Hot off the press


Grow Leaders

We are creating a team of regular volunteers who can support us working with a diverse range of community groups and helping to manage communal plots.
You must be able to commit to coming once a week on a regular basis. You will receive support to manage community groups and workshops on holistic horticulture practices. Additional benefits available as well as a share of our organic harvest. This is an ongoing process of recruitment. Or you can just drop in and volunteer.

E-mail feedbristol@ avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

Keep an eye out for full 2014 events calendar

Click on the bouncing blog (top left) for more project information.

In the blog - Choose calendar tab for full 2014 events listings.

See our Facebook for more details on events and photos. Please 'LIKE' us to help spread the word.

Events - For detailed information on up-coming events, click here.

These are an opportunity to come together, celebrate and learn. We host educational workshops, kids activities and open our cafe for sumptuous cakes and seasonal hot food from the land. All with a bit of live music. All FREE.


Next Event: Land and Food Forum (12-5)

The aim is to bring together people and projects intent on upscaling urban agriculture to support Bristol become a sustainable food city.

A day of activities, workshops and facilitated talks including:

  • Forum - Pollinator power, up-scaling and protecting land
  • Evolving Ideas Emporium hosted by Blue Finger Alliance
  • Activities - Meadow planting, wilow sculpture, forest garden
  • Herbal and Delicious Cafe plus Market Kitchen feasting

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Thanks to the support of everyone involved since March 2012 we have supported 5500 disadvantaged people, 4000 school children from 38 schools, and over 110 different groups. In total 23,000 people have been engaged through different activities on the site. All supported by 453 volunteers giving nearly 22,000 hours to create this incredible and inspiring project! 28 of these volunteers have been directly supported onto further
employment.


We're recruiting!

We are looking for volunteers to take on Grow Leader roles. See Hot of the Press (top right) for role description.


Grow with us

Are you short of time or unsure about how to grow vegetables? Come to one of our 'grow with us' sessions. Our expert growers will show you the tricks of the trade. You will work on communal plots to get the most out of the land.

See our regular volunteer days on the below. Email us at feedbristol@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk to book your visit.


Volunteering

Be part of the team that supports community groups and communal growing. We are advertising now for Grow Leaders, volunteer coordinators and events coordinators - see top right. Fantastic opportunity to gain work experience.

Grow Leaders manage specific aspects of the project. This is a formal volunteer placement position with Avon WIldlife Trust. Please enquire.

Regular Volunteer Days

Communal growing days:
Volunteers welcome on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Friday .Arrive at 9:30 - finish 4pm.

 

Next work weekend Sat 26th April.

There is a diverse range of jobs that you will be involved with from horticulture, land management and conservation. Bring lunch and work clothes. All abilities welcome.

 

For Schools and Community Groups:
Email or call us to book a slot: feedbristol@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

0117 9177270


Community groups and schools

The project is here to support a diverse range of groups access food growing and nature. We have a team to support your group. Facilities include access for all paths, raised beds for people with less mobility and disabled access toilets, as well as kitchen facilities for cooking and sharing meals.

Sessions available to book (all activities will be curriculum linked):

  • Site tour or general visit with optional educational themed activities
  • One off or set of sessions on food growing or wildlife activities
  • Seasonal practical workshops
  • Team building days
  • Training for key staff
  • Barn/roundhouse hire
  • Take on a plot and grow with us!

Enquiries to: feedbristol@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

 
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How to get there
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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.

Please cycle or use public transport to visit the project if you can.

There is ample disabled and mini bus parking and some car parking. Please do not park on surrounding residential streets. During events Begbrook Social Club can be used opposite.

 


To do this month:

Prepare your beds for Spring, dig in compost

Plan next seasons rotation

Plan pruning for early 2014

In season this month:

Leeks, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Cabbage, Chard, Kale, Turnips....loads!

home

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Edible & Wildlife gardens
Links and resources for schools

web link 10 easiest veg to grow (by the Soil Association)
PDF download

Growing Cards - 'Grow Your Own' info, in bite-sized chunks (by the Soil Association - 16 Mo PDF)

Visit our Flickr account for more exciting photos
Wild Schools Wildlife Action Pack Join us on one of our events Wild hedgehogs

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