So, you’ve (hopefully) heard about the Urban Food Growing Trail we’re creating – a walkable trail of edible gardens starting on Platform 3 at Temple Meads and more or less following the Brunel Mile as far as At-Bristol on Millenium Square.
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Here’s a map of confirmed garden locations to date (click to enlarge):
Now, you see the 3rd location marker (from the start point at the bottom) marked Bristol City Council? Well, that represents Bristol City Council Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street (BS1 6NL) who have (wonderfully) agreed to let us take over one of their tired ‘ornamental’ beds and turn it into a beautiful, productive, edible garden offering nutritious fresh, free food for all. Not only is this (for obvious reasons) A Big Deal, it’s also a pretty big and prominent plot too, so we’re going to need a full crew of volunteers on this dig. So, with plenty of notice, here’s the outline plan:
We’re splitting the work into 2 stages:
- Friday 22nd May – 4-8pm. Bed preparation.
- Sunday 24th May – 11am onwards. Big plant up.
If you keep promising yourself you’re going to get involved with Incredible Edible Bristol, but have never managed a dig party yet, this Temple Street Dig is the perfect opportunity. Come and be a part of Bristol’s food growing movement. Come for a half-hour or come for a whole session. Come alone and make new friends. Come with a smile and we’ll ensure you get cake! Come get mucky in the most wholesome way!
SO are you in? If you want to join us on either or both of those days, please drop me a line at email@example.com so we can keep you updated with any last minute changes and make sure we have a full crew.
If you can’t come, perhaps you’d help us out and share this post on Facebook and Twitter etc.
This is the bed at 100 Temple Street that we’re transforming into a food garden. #urbanfoodtrail
You will notice that the 3 planters that were installed at Bristol Temple Meads station have become just one. Having had some serious conversations with Network Rail over the last days, weeks and months about the project, it has been decided that there will be 6 planters put in place, rather than the original 3, each of which will be the size of the planter that is in place now.
It’s great to have the opportunity to work with Network Rail and all the other incredible organisations that we are lucky enough to be partnering with. Watch this space for further details and how you can get involved. But in the meantime, enjoy the amazing blossom that is about to appear on the dwarf Nectarine that is in the planter on the path up to the station.
Yesterday, we posted that work has begun on our Urban Food Growing Trail – a trail of gardens leading from Temple Meads to Millennium Square and the FOOD exhibition at At Bristol, which will see as many food growing spaces as we can fit in along Redcliffe Way and through Queen Square leading into Millennium Square and our beds by the Planetarium. We’re creating a map to guide people along the trail. There’s still a bit to do on that (it needs a key and a few other markers), but here’s the first draft!
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Making the beds
Over the last two days of March we ran two workshops, led by James Bridges, teaching people to make sturdy raised beds and put them into place and plant them. On this occasion the planters were going onto Platform 3 at Temple Meads station and on the path that leads up to the station entrance.
This marks the beginning of our Urban Food Growing Trail – a trail of gardens leading from Temple Meads to Millennium Square and the FOOD exhibition at At Bristol, which will see as many food growing spaces as we can fit in along Redcliffe Way and through Queen Square leading into Millennium Square and our beds by the Planetarium. See the first draft of our trail map here.
These beds have been filled with fruit and herbs for people to help themselves to once they are ready to harvest! A quick, healthy snack for the journey home or some herbs to add to supper! All of the beds created by Incredible Edible Bristol are for people to harvest and to enjoy the fresh produce from them. Our biggest challenge this year is to persuade people this is the purpose of these beds and we look forward to hearing from you about what you have used the produce for.
Here are some photos of the workshops and the beds in place. If you would like to get involved in any way, either with workshops, joining a group or setting up your own project, please get in touch as we would love to help.
Beautiful Nectarine about to burst into blossom
All the community getting involved!!
Huge saw for cutting upour special eco sleepers
Herb bed containing Rosemary, lemon thyme and Oregano
Olga in the bed on Platform 3!!
Apple, blackcurrant and rhubarb on Platform 3
Fennel and chives that will quickly double in size!!