Grow Wilder Engagement Hub

Grow Wilder Engagement Hub

£23,205 of £75,000 goal

What is Grow Wilder?

In 2012, we took on an unused smallholding in the Stapleton area of Bristol, and volunteers and local groups transformed it into a community and food growing hub rich in wildlife, where people can reconnect with nature, learn new skills and improve their health and wellbeing.

Our mission now for Grow Wilder is to bring about urgent action for the restoration of wildlife by educating, upskilling and empowering people, communities and businesses to bring about positive change through wildlife-friendly gardening and sustainable food growing.

In order to do this, we want to establish a new community space by introducing a new building to the site. This will help to engage and inspire more people, communities and businesses to actively support nature’s recovery.

Through demonstration, learning and events, Grow Wilder will be a hub from which we will seek to connect people with nature, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to restore and conserve natural habitats of all sizes across the Bristol area and further afield.

We have a fantastic opportunity to secure £750,000 of funding through the Landfill Communities Fund* for this project if we can first secure 10% through wider support. Help us get to £75,000 so we can unlock the rest. Then we can all soon benefit from what will be a nature rich, welcoming and beautiful, thriving wild space in the heart of our city.

What will the Engagement Hub look like? 

Welcome area

This will be a space to welcome our neighbours, local community and visitors to the site. We will be able to greet and teach people about what we do at Grow Wilder and help them get the most our of their visit.

This will result in more people learning and engaging with the site; actively finding out more about how the site operates and what they can do during their visit such as walking trails and wildlife ID.

Café

Having an area where people can relax and enjoy some of the food grown on site, we will be able to generate an active interest in local food growing systems and their benefit to people and wildlife alike.  

This will result in more people understanding importance of local food systems and change their behaviours after seeing food grown first hand, learning about importance of sustainable food growing and then eating that same food in one visit.

Shop

Visitors will be able to buy books, tools or discovery packs to help continue their sustainability journey at home as well as championing the produce of the small businesses that use the site. 

This will result in more people being able to take their next steps in food growing and wildlife gardening beyond their visit and small, local businesses having a new way to sell their produce to local people. 

New community space

A larger space at the engagement hub will allow for more education and community activities to take place on site, for all to benefit from. 

This will result in more people learning how to grow food, help nature's recovery in their own communities and more connections being built between people and groups in the local area.

We need your support to make our vision a reality.

Ways you can support us

  • Donate to our appeal today.
  • Fundraise for us - whether it's a sponsored walk or a virtual quiz night with friends, fundraising is a great way to get your friends and family involved.
  • Corporate Sponsorship - get your team involved and reap the rewards.

For more information on fundraising or corporate sponsorship, get in touch with Laura, our Community and Corporate Fundraising Officer, at laura.weide@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk.

However you choose to support us, thank you! We can't do it without you.