A formerly boggy and derelict area is being turned into an accessible community allotment and edible forest.
There is exciting work underway at the local allotment site, just behind Bishop Road School, on a new community project.
Horfield and District Allotment Association has set up a new community growing project, with funding from The Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme and Bristol City Council’s Green Capital Programme. The project is funded until March 2014, and will create a community allotment and forest garden accessible to volunteers and community groups.
Clare Hanson Kahn, a plot holder and local volunteer, said: “We’ve been working on this project for the past three years raising the funding, and it is so rewarding to see it finally taking shape. We want this to be a local resource which will make a difference! We hope that people in the area will be as excited about the project as we are.”
The aim of the project is to increase the skills and confidence of local people in growing food through volunteering and training. There is an emphasis on involving people with physical and/or mental ill-health and people with learning difficulties.
The project site is being developed accessibly, with wide level path paths, raised beds and a wheelchair accessible compost toilet. It will run regular drop-in volunteer days, group sessions, community events and workshops.
The community allotment will act as a demonstration garden, showing people what they can grow at different times of year in a small space. The edible forest (or forest garden) will be a many layered garden at different heights, a bit like a natural jungle, planted up with all kinds of different cropping trees, bushes and plants.
The project also includes a composting area and sizeable pond. The project recently won an additional £1,000 from Bristol’s Green Capital Community Challenge Fund to renovate the pond. This means the pond can be cleared and deepened and two dipping platforms can be built. Local children from Bishop Road Primary School helped with the funding application and are looking forward to being able to use the dipping platforms later in the year.
The essential infrastructure will be finished by Feb 1st and we look forward to welcoming local people to the site to help turn this huge blank canvas into a fantastic community resource.
We’ll open every Wednesday 10am -4pm from February for anyone to drop in to start planting, help get the site ready for our big spring opening or just to say hello!
April 28th 12-4pm will be our grand opening. A plant sale and family fun day so come and support your local community project, buy some plants for your garden or allotment. There will be music from Pip the human jukebox, face-painting, planting workshops, and more.
To get involved or to be put on our mailing list for more information about Wednesday and Saturday volunteer days, workshops and community events please email Lucy at or phone/text 07506 905 394
Please get in touch with any comments, suggestions or questions.