As you read this, Horfield Allotment Association is awaiting the outcome of the lottery application they’ve submitted -- for £88,000 -- to develop the community allotment and forest garden on the Golden Hill site (behind Horfield prison).

This project will give access to food growing to people with physical and mental health problems and children and young people. It will also provide small starter plots for people new to food growing. The project will increase the skills and confidence of local people in growing organic food, composting and learning about healthy food -- through volunteering and training activities.

The grant is to carry out drainage, land clearance and landscaping on several derelict sites and to build wheelchair accessible pathways and raised beds and install a wheelchair accessible compost toilet. It will also fund the salary for a part-time project worker over three years to recruit community groups and volunteers and coordinate food growing and training activities on-site.

If we get the funding we hope local people will want to help out on work days and input their food growing knowledge through training workshops and as volunteers. Fingers crossed...

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