For you and your family
It’s no secret that spending time with nature is good for our mental health and wellbeing. Gardening and growing food are good for us, inside and out. Time in green space has even been found to increase IQ in children, and is said to lead to better mental health in adulthood. Early Learning Furniture have some more examples of how gardening can benefit children.
Cultivating something from seed, caring for it and seeing it fruit, then getting to eat it and share it with others is one of the most liberating and empowering things you can do. And it can cost you next to nothing!
For your city
Urban community gardens are peaceful, productive, natural spaces that are breeding grounds for community spirit and wildlife alike. The value of strong social networks in communities cannot be understated. There are endless stories of folk, young and old, all around the world, finding peace and meaning in joining a community of growers.
Growing food in parts of the city where there’s limited access to fresh produce can give residents better access to fresh, healthy food. This can be particularly important when food supply is disrupted, like we saw during the pandemic, and may face in future due to the climate crisis, for example. What’s more, urban growing can provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and extra income, particularly important in low-income communities.
Green allotments and veg patches across a city are beautiful, and contribute to making Bristol a more joyful place to be. Plus, just witnessing food growing makes us value it more, and helps remind us city-dwellers of where it comes from.
For your planet
Gardens and plants absorb heat, carbon dioxide and rainwater, making our city more resilient to climate change. A city with no green space is far more prone to flooding and intolerable temperatures. They’re also the places where wildlife – small mammals, birds and insects – love to live. This biodiversity is great for the environment, encouraging natural pest controllers and pollinators.
Eating locally produced food reduces the impact of transporting food and it’s usually produced with far fewer chemicals and inputs than supermarket produce, meaning less damage to our planet and to your health.
You are convinced? Great!
Head to our HOW section to get some practical guidance for growing at home.
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