Urban Growing

Bristol has secured its place as a Gold Sustainable Food City – an incredible achievement that we can all be proud of. But there is still so much more to be done as we recover from the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, and as we look ahead to 2030 and the future of food in our city. The need for a resilient, active and collaborative food community has never been greater.

You can continue to explore the original Bristol Going for Gold themes, and register and log your actions, knowing that every action you take will continue to transform food in our city.

We also invite you to take a look at the Bristol Bites Back Better actions, and to share how you are helping Bristol to #BiteBackBetter from the pandemic on social media.

Finally, we’d love to hear from you and your community about the changes you’d like to see for food in Bristol by 2030, helping to shape the future of food in Bristol for the next decade – Join the Conversation here.

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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