This year we are really excited to be working with Avonmouth Community Centre, Severnside Community Rail Partnership and the Incredible Edible Network to support families to grow their own food in their gardens and in community spaces.
We’ll be providing 25 families with a raised bed, which we will make with them at a free workshop in March, compost, plants and seeds, to create a growing space in their gardens. Along with this we will hold monthly events at the community centre, where we will have plants to give to the attendees as well offering lots of support and advice on how to get the best from their metre square garden. And in case they are concerned about what their children will do during this event, we’ll be holding a children’s event in the community centre garden, which will see gardening mixed with forest school in a fun and enjoyable way for 6-11 year olds.
So what will the families grow? Well that will be up to them. On 17th February we will be at the community centre where Avonmouth residents who are interested in taking part can come along and find out more! At that meeting we will be talking to people about what they would like to grow, and from that conversation we will order the plug plants that are the most popular choices. This will mean if you want to grow salad and tomatoes, you can but equally if you want to grow kale and pumpkins that will be fine too. We hope that all the families will show that, despite growing in the same, relatively small space, there are lots of things that are possible to grow in a metre square garden, with huge success.
Then at the end of the project we’ll hold a GardenAlong Festival, celebrating all the produce that has been grown, and all the amazing things that have happened or will happen with that produce!
How do I get involved we hear you shout?
Well first and foremost you need to live in Avonmouth. Then come along to the meeting on 17th February at the Community Centre in Avonmouth and sign up for the project and we’ll give you the dates for the events over the next few months, along with any other information you might need to know.
And in the meantime, if you would like to know any further information, please contact email@example.com or call 07786 194805.
As you will all know, we are a part of a large movement of Incredible Edible towns and cities that span not just the UK but also the globe. This movement was inspired but the work of Incredible Edible Todmorden and has been supported by the Incredible Edible Network, founded by Pam Warhurst, since around 2012. Our founder, Sara Venn, is also Vice Chair of the IENetwork and along with others involved has been working very hard to bring together a project called Roots and Branches that will see 6 Beacons across the UK help to support new groups to form and established groups to bloom.
Incredible Edible is not just about food growing or community gardens, but is about spinning the 3 Incredible Plates. Those plates, of community, business and learning mean that in every place across the UK the work is done differently whilst the ethos is the same. For some the business plate is about supporting local, for others it is about working with businesses around funding. For some learning is all about schools when for others it is about upskilling communities. It’s about finding the way to create your local solutions to global issues and bring your communities together. It’s a powerful tool!!
Recently the National Lottery agreed to fund this work, and we were all excited to announce this project yesterday.
So what can you expect? Well, business will be as normal but we will be in a position to support more growing in public spaces both in and around the city of Bristol but also further afield in the south west area. Sara and the other Beacon leads from across the UK will be ensuring that there is available information on a new Incredible Edible Network website for new and interested groups to be able to access for information about how to get involved with Incredible Edible where ever you are in the country, and more importantly share the mistakes they all made to ensure new groups have a smoother ride!!
The Incredible Edible Network has received £400,000 for this work, of which about £12,000 will be available to Incredible Edible Bristol over 2 years, and with which we will be supporting new groups and individuals to learn more about becoming Incredible Edible and about growing in general. If you would like any further info please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
In case you’d like to know who the other Beacons are, they include Incredible Education in Salford, Incredible Edible Wakefield, Incredible Edible Dunstable, Incredible Edible Conwy and Middlesborough Environment City, all of whom are doing extraordinary work across the UK!!