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.

The Bristol Eating Better Award is a great opportunity for food businesses to provide food that is sourced, prepared and served in a healthy and sustainable way. As part of helping make Bristol a more sustainable food city, now is a great time for food businesses to get involved and promote the opportunities presented by the award. David Hudgell from the Communities and Public Health division in Bristol City Council explains.

The urban environment is full of edges, between areas, buildings, and also between people. Each edge has its own unique potential for transformation. ‘Veg on the Edge’ @ Dame Emily Park Project is a partnership between Blaise Plant Nursery, The Art of Kindness (Julian Wood) and BS3 Community. Rachel Brown shares the aims of the project – find out how you can get involved.

Lucy Bearn, Head of Food and Logistics at FareShare South West, writes the latest blog post about how Fareshare are helping Bristol and South West businesses #BiteBackBetter when it comes to their surplus. Get in touch with Lucy if you wish to discuss redirecting your surplus food.