Bristol and Bath’s Festival of Nature is back 10-18 June 2022 with a packed programme full of in-person, digital, and hybrid events, all aimed at helping people connect with and take action for nature. Hear from The Natural History Consortium team about the festival and other exciting events coming up in the region.

Bristol’s Get Growing Garden Trail is back after the 2020 event was cancelled – this time for a harvest-themed event. More than 20 fruit and vegetable gardens open their doors to the public. From apple juice-making to garden tours to nature trails – dozens of free family-friendly activities are on offer. Hear from the Bristol Food Network team about what’s planned.

Bristol Going for Gold’s food sector lead Lucy Gatward reports on Bristol’s food businesses stakeholder webinars. The first event was held in the summer and the second one (Wednesday 16th September) will be led again by Deputy Mayor Cllr Asher Craig, chair of the Bristol Going for Gold steering group.

A brand new photography festival launches in Bristol in 2021 in collaboration with all major arts venues in Bristol. The “Growing Spaces” project strand of the festival looks at the maze of citywide allotments, allotment holders, their histories and stories – both visual and oral. Hear from the Festival Director of Engagement and Education, Alejandro Acín, about how you can get involved in the public participatory element to the Growing Spaces project.

The most recent free webinar in the #BristolFoodKind campaign looked at practical ways to “make the most of our food” such as ways to store and use it. The webinar was organised by Katie Powell and Sarah Hargreaves of Resource Futures, coordinators of the Food Waste area of excellence of Bristol’s Going for Gold. They were joined by Manu Maunganidze as Chair, and panellists Gemma Annan, Reena Anderson-Bickley, and the team from Bristol Junk Food Cafe who shared lots of tips and tricks to prevent food from going to waste.

Sara Venn of Incredible Edible Bristol recently hosted a free webinar as part of the #BristolFoodKind campaign, looking at practical ways to grow food using the things you have around you at home. Read Sara’s blog post about how to get started and watch back the webinar for more tips and ideas.

Earlier this month Negat Hussain, community cook and Refugee Women of Bristol outreach worker, hosted a #BristolFoodKind webinar giving practical tips about cooking from scratch. Negat’s webinar was all about giving people the confidence to try something new and not to worry about making mistakes. Try her recipe for Alicha, an Eritrean vegetable recipe, and watch the recording of her cookery demo.