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.
Michael Lloyd-Jones from Bristol Local Food Fund (BLFF) writes about how BLFF is creating a sustainable, central funding pot to support community food projects that tackle food insecurity. This includes creating a Citizens Panel of people with lived experience of food insecurity. Read on to find out how to support this vital work.
Ella Tainton, Project Officer at Southmead Development Trust, writes about inspiring initiatives to engage families and staff with good food. Ella explains how engaging children and young people with ingredients in a playful and entertaining way brings a joy to good food for everyone. The team is always looking for volunteers to support sessions.
Bristol has officially been awarded the status of Gold Sustainable Food City, recognising the positive work undertaken across the city’s food system, seeking to solve social, environmental, and economic issues. The winning application focussed on themes of reducing food waste, community action, growing Bristol’s good food movement, buying better, urban growing, eating better and food equality.
Guy Manchester, Community Gardening Facilitator at Alive Activities, is also an organiser for both Bristol Seed Swap and East Bristol Hops Collective. In this Bristol Bites Back Better blog post he tells the story about how East Bristol Hops was formed.
Get in touch with Guy if you would like to join the association, which has hop plants all ready to go in the ground from this year’s cuttings.
Emily Fifield, Community Project Manager at Eastside Community Trust, writes our latest blog post. Emily describes how food is at the heart of the work of Felix Road Adventure Playground and the steps the team have been taking to make meals there as nutritious, sustainable and fun as they can be! Read about some of the things that Kitchen Coordinator Nirmal (pictured) and the rest of the team have been trying at the kitchen since they reopened in April.
In March, Bristol City Council became the first council outside of London to introduce an end to advertising junk food. Nicola Round from volunteer group Adblock Bristol shares her vision for a city where public spaces are free from corporate advertising altogether.
In this opinion piece, she asks us to imagine a future where advertisers no longer have the right to use our public spaces to tell us to consume, consume, consume.
Food provision coordinator at Coexist Community Kitchen, Joey Callender-Wood, writes the latest Bristol Bites Back Better blog. Joey describes the work Coexist have done to respond to the pandemic, providing emergency food for the community. Read about how to support the kitchen and Coexist’s vital work.