Urban Growing

The coronavirus pandemic has already led to unforeseen challenges for our city’s food system, and unimagined resourcefulness from communities and organisations across Bristol. Although the bid to make Bristol a Gold Sustainable Food City has been paused as the city focusses on responding to the pandemic, the need for a resilient food community has never been greater. 

Growing your own fruit and veg, no matter the amount, is great for wellbeing, unbeatable for freshness, and puts the food you eat in your own hands. Whatever space you have available, now is a great time to get growing. Grow Wilder (formerly Feed Bristol) have launched an online shop, with delivery, for culinary herbs, veg plugs and wildflowers. Visit our website for more information on where to buy seeds, herbs and veg plants locally, and find more tips and help on growing at home. 

How you can be part of Bristol’s Good Food Response to the coronavirus pandemic: 

  • Visit Bristol Food Network– the website has information and resources on Bristol’s Good Food response, and how you can support it or find help. 
  • Take part in #BristolFoodKind – follow the hashtag to get practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow food at home in a way that is considerate to yourself and the wider community. Post your own your ideas and tips using #BristolFoodKind to inspire others .
  • Tell us your stories and follow them on the Going for Gold blog. 
  • You can still sign up to Going for Gold and continue logging actions – see each of the actions below for inspiration.

Few things beat the satisfaction of harvesting and eating your own home grown fruit and vegetables. Growing at home isn’t all about producing the city’s most massive marrow! Instead, it gives us all the chance to grow food that’s hard to match for freshness and flavour. If you’ve never eaten a sun-ripened tomato or strawberry straight from the plant, then you’ve definitely been missing out.

So what’s stopping you from getting growing now?

If you think you don’t have enough space, think again—all you need is a windowsill or a hook for a hanging basket. And if you think that all the allotments are over-subscribed, then think again—there’s room for everyone.

If you think that you don’t have enough time for such a commitment, then you could join a community orchard or a community supported agriculture project, where you might only need to sign-up for a few hours’ work over the year.

If you don’t know how to get started, then the best and cheapest way to learn is from others around you, by volunteering with your local community growing group.

Begin your home grown adventure by taking one or more of the urban growing actions below, earning a badge for each one. Click on the links below to discover a few of the things you can do to make the most of growing in the city. Every step counts, and you can share your progress and your own ideas on social media: post or tweet using the hashtags #goingforgoldbristol and #G4Gurbangrowing. Don’t forget to update your actions in your dashboard as you make progress.

Actions you can take as an Individual

Join a community growing group; make the most of your space, however tiny; apply for an allotment

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