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.

Alice Lee from Propagation Place at St Werburghs City Farm (SWCF) writes about the fantastic work of this volunteer-led community business. Even with a reduced volunteering programme for 2020, Propagation Place dispatched more than 2000 orders for vegetable plug plants. There are up to 18 people who volunteer at Propagation Place each week, some of whom join independently, and some of whom are referred.

Knowle West Health Association (KWHA)’s Edward Duffield writes the latest Bristol Bites Back Better blog post about the ‘Let’s Grow’ community food growing project, collaboration with Feeding Bristol and how Occupational Therapy students from the University of the West of England have been volunteering early this year. Find out about how this project has adapted during the pandemic.

Stella Smith from the St George Park Community Garden writes our latest blog post about the work of the garden and how the pandemic has encouraged people to get outside and interested in local parks and growing projects. Liz and Andy are two of the main garden volunteers, pictured above. The community garden grows and provides fresh vegetables and fruit for the local community to sample when ready to harvest. Find out how to get involved.

The latest Bristol Bites Back Better blog post is by Caroline Penny describing the work of Tynings Field Community Group. Tynings Field is a community horticultural smallholding initiative on an acre of land in Shirehampton, on a housing estate just off the Severn walkway not far from Horseshoe Bend Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). The group welcome volunteers in the field and there are organised work days with groups when it is safe to do so.

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!

Abi Sweet and Guy Manchester from Alive Activities write our latest blog post about a new allotment offering supported gardening and socialising sessions for people living with dementia and their carers. Alive will also be recruiting volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the project. Allotments are a vital community social hub at the best of times, but they came into their own during the lockdown.

Jo Boswell is the market gardener for The Kitchen Garden Enterprise, part of the Heart of BS13 charity tackling food insecurity and health inequalities in Hartcliffe and Withywood. Jo joined the charity in June 2020 and was formerly a community cook and fermentation teacher before studying permaculture with Shift Bristol and turning her hands to the soil. Jo writes here about her work developing the Kitchen Garden Enterprise at Heart of BS13 with Solveig Harmsworth.