Bearpit Work Party!!

We still have lots of planting to do in the Bearpit Garden and that will begin at this work party, where we will be adding arches to grow hops and vines across as well as planting Japanese Quince and roses along the walls of the space and creating a wire framework for them. We’ll also be rebuilding some planters and painting them and sowing seeds in order that we have perennial meadows this year under the trees!!

We will be joined by Bristol¬†University’s horticultural team for the day and everyone is welcome to really kickstart the exciting year of gardening we have planned for the Bearpit!!

Bearpit Bulb Planting Party

We have ordered 1500 bulbs and will be planting these at this work party!! Why not come along and help us to plant these bulbs to ensure the Bearpit is full of beautiful colour in the spring, as well as ensuring our pollinators have plenty of early flowering plants to feed on.

All are welcome. Please ensure you wear sturdy shoes and bring a waterproof just in case!!


Bearpit Seating Session

The Bearpit garden is ready to have it’s seating trios installed. We have had these made and planted up by River of Flowers and are looking forward to working with them during the installation.

If you would like to come along and lend a hand with the installation we would love to see you. The trios are quite large and the more the merrier in terms of moving them and getting them in place!!

Bearpit Garden Work Party

Last week we worked all week to get the path installed into the garden in the Bearpit and now we are moving our attention to levelling the soil and beginning to sow some ground cover crops that will overwinter and put nitrogen back into the soil.

We’d love to see you if you’re around!! All are welcome although under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


The Bearpit Garden Parties

There will be a week of sessions running in The Bearpit in the week commencing 18th July.

On Tuesday 19th we will be painting and organising the container that we have on site as well as doing a bit of weeding and tidying of the site. This session will run from 12-5

On Wednesday 20th we will be organising the outside area, painting the boards and organising the space. This session will run from 11-4

On Friday 22nd we will be doing more planting of ground cover plants in the areas where seating is planned. This session will run from 12-5

Please do come along and help us to continue with this amazing work, changing the space into something productive and completely beautiful!




Bearpit Garden Work Party

Our second work party in the Bearpit will include lots more planting, some marking out of paths and generally having a good time in the space. The work in the Bearpit is not only great for the space, but for the city as a whole, bringing exciting edibles to the space as well as ensuring that the whole area becomes green, lush and tranquil!!

So why not come along and join us? Everybody is welcome and here are no skills needed other than a will to make change happen.


The Bearpit Garden Work Party #2

This work party will see the first planting session added to with passion fruit, strawberries and artichokes all being planted.

The planting from the first session is bedding in well and we are going to be looking too at how people can move through the space and be in it as well as look at it. This session will see an entire field of strawberries planted, creating fresh fruit for all, as well as larger edible shrubs being used as hedging to create smaller spaces within the space.

All are welcome but under 16s must be accompanied and sturdy boots or shoes are a must!IMG_0815

The Bearpit Garden Begins

For almost two years now we have been working with the Bearpit Improvement Group on the community garden and greening of the space at James Barton Roundabout, or The Bearpit. The project has hit several bumps in the road and been almost derailed but we are excited to announce that we have a date for the first of several planting dates over the spring and summer.

The garden is going to be an interesting one, which whilst being edible will also be immensely beautiful and calming in a space that is often chaotic and busy. The garden is going to be there to be used by all, to create a cooling atmosphere as well as being productive and a safe space to sit within nature in the centre of a bustling urban area. The first planting day will see three mature trees planted as well as the plants that will make the edges of the garden. These will be a mixture of aromatic herbs used as low hedging, stunning willows that are good not just for pea sticks but also for weaving and whilst growing for using up water and avoiding puddling in the space. The trees whilst all being edible are also interesting species often not seen in the city, with the main tree also offering a pun on being in a roundabout! More on that once they are planted.

If you would like to get involved with planting this garden, the session will be from 12-4 on April 13th. Why not pop down and have a chat with other members of the Bearpit Improvement Group and give us a hand to plant and begin an exciting transformation of an urban space?

If you would like any further info, please don’t hesitate to contact