Land and Food Forum at Feed Bristol

Thursday 8th May 2014

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Feed Bristol is inspiring people on Saturday (10 May) to take action towards Bristol becoming a sustainable food city in the run up to the European Green Capital Year 2015.

The Land and Food Forum takes place at our Feed Bristol site in Stapleton, from 12 noon to 5pm. The event is free and part of the Bristol Food Connections festival.

There are workshops, followed by a debate featuring seven key speakers, as well as activities for children and a cafe using nature-friendly food grown at Feed Bristol.

The Land and Food Forum is linking people and organisations so they can share experiences, knowledge and skills and discuss ways to make Bristol a sustainable food city. Feed Bristol staff and volunteers are also encouraging people to understand the role wildlife - especially pollinator species such as bees, moths and hover flies - plays in food growing.

Workshop and activity highlights at the event include:

• Wild meadow creation by The River of Flowers;
• A 'taster' mini wild food walk with Steve England;
• Composting with Incredible Edible Bristol;
• Forest Garden introduction from Scott Baine;
• Willow sculptures with Mike Hartley;
• Tour of Feed Bristol and Sims Hill;
• Children's activities plus Tiny Trowels sessions.

The debate features three topics exploring how people and nature can help make Bristol become a sustainable food city, how to value eco-system services, and future food security. They are:

1. How we can work with nature to help us grow more veg in the city: Pollinator Power;
2. Up-scaling urban agriculture;
3. Safeguarding land for food.

Speakers include Professor Jane Memmott of the University of Bristol; Katherine Lwin from River of Flowers; Tim Lawrence from Sims Hill Shared Harvest community supported agricultural scheme; Sarah Venn from Incredible Edible; Maddie Longhurst from the Blue Finger Alliance; and Robin Maynard from Avon Wildlife Trust.

Throughout the event the Blue Finger Alliance and Bristol Food Network are facilitating the 'Evolving Ideas Emporium' to capture ideas and discussions.

Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol Project Officer Matt Cracknell commented: "The aim is to inspire a growing movement of people intent on up-scaling urban agriculture to take action to support Bristol to become a sustainable food city.

"This is a really exciting event as we approach the European Green Capital Year. Wildlife plays a vital role in growing food and we are spreading the message that anyone can easily make a wildlife garden at home in their school or in their community.

"We hope this event inspires people to support local projects and take a positive action to improve their own gardens or get involved in the city's sustainable food projects including Feed Bristol."

Feed Bristol is our eight-acre community food-growing project, supporting people to access nature-friendly growing and inspiring them to take action for wildlife.

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