Since 2015 we have worked with Severnside Community Rail Partnership to bring food growing to the Severn Beach Line, beginning with the Station Buffet project that included adding two containers that are also bike stands, to each station along the line.
Following on from that work we have begun a new project with Severnside CRP at Avonmouth railway station, on a piece of wasteland just behind platform 2. Working with the community, community payback teams and corporate volunteers our aim is to turn this space from a wasted piece of land into a garden that is both beautiful and productive and can be used as a community asset in the community.
In the garden we will grow food that will be used by the community, including the very successful lunch club at Avonmouth Community Centre and we hope also to be able to support the North Bristol Food Bank with some produce. We also hope to grow a quantity of fruit trees in the garden, to both provide fruit for the community but also to mitigate against air pollution. The garden already has a native hedge that shields it from the site next door, but it is very much made up of brambles so we may look to reinvigorate that too, with edible but native hedging.
We’ll keep you updated as we move things along and look forward to inviting you into the garden soon.