When we launched the Bristol Bites Back Better campaign in November, we wanted to get the conversation going and hear from the people of Bristol. We asked two simple questions, and got a wide range of answers so far, giving us insight into what Bristol citizens want to see happening in our city, and who deserves celebration. Insights Manager at cycling charity Love to Ride, Fleur, has compiled some of the responses in our latest blog post. You can still get involved!

The Green Way, a new trail connecting public space in St Pauls, has just been completed. The trail includes artwork that has been inspired by local residents’ cookery. More than 200 people submitted recipes, and three winners were selected – Amina’s samosas, Glen’s akee and saltfish and Tara’s dolma. In our latest blog post, Tara Miran tells us about the inspiration behind her dolma recipe.

One of Bristol’s oldest health stores, Wild Oats Natural Foods, has been named as part of this year’s Small Biz 100. This national campaign highlights some of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses over the course of 100 days, leading up to Small Business Saturday on the 5th December. In our latest blog post, Mike Abrahams of Wild Oats describes his motivations and the benefits of community-centric retail.

The new Bristol Photo Festival (BPF) has commissioned photographer Chris Hoare to document allotments and their communities around the city. Chris is also a food delivery driver, so he was able to access the whole city throughout lockdown and reflect on wider issues of the supply of Bristol’s food. Find out how you can get involved in the Growing Spaces project.

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.

Bristol Going for Gold’s food sector lead Lucy Gatward reports back on research undertaken during lockdown, looking at people’s shopping habits during this time. What does this tell us about sourcing and supplying local food in the future? Key learnings indicate that an ability to be flexible, use a variety of suppliers, see opportunities, cooperate with other businesses and communicate well with customers will help future-proof our independent food businesses.