Bountiful Bristol Bulletin

Cultural Growography Course at Feed Bristol Thursday, April 4, 2013 by nadiacatkinhillman

2:00pm until 4:30pm

Cultural Growography at Feed Bristol is 9 week course of learning about plants through observation, drawing, playing, story-telling, photography, painting, collage, poetry… and much more! As we go through the course we’ll be creating interesting and educational displays about the plants at the Feed Bristol site, in preparation for Feed Bristol’s participation in the Get Growing Trail on 8-9 June.

No artistic experience required – only a sense of fun.

The course will take place EVERY Thursday in April and May 2013 @ Feed Bristol

This is a FREE course but places are limited so book now!

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Free Autumn Organic Gardening Course by nadiacatkinhillman
October 10, 2012, 8:58 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, gardening, Organic, permaculture, Workshops

Get set up to eat from your garden all year!

This course will focus on seasonal tasks and skills. We will cover…


  • Planning the year
  • Sowing veg to eat over the winter
  • Building fertility – compost, wormeries, green manures
  • More plants for free! – cuttings, seed saving
  • Fruit tree and bush pruning
  • Avoiding pest and disease problems


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Get Growing Garden Trail 9-10 June 2012! by nadiacatkinhillman
June 6, 2012, 10:20 am
Filed under: food-growing, Fun, gardening, permaculture, Transition

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 June
Opening times vary from garden to garden. Please check the google map here or the Trail leaflet for individual site details.
Bristol’s secret vegetable growers are opening their garden gates and community plots for the 2nd Get Growing Garden Trail. Come and see what lies behind the garden walls and get inspired to get growing too.

Over 30 sites will be open at various times over the weekend, showcasing a diverse range of growing projects. Each group has different ways of organising the work, cultivating the land, and sharing the harvest – come and find out what would fit best for you.


Types of project showcased include: community allotments, veg growing in urban spaces, community supported agriculture schemes, smallholdings, community orchards, permaculture plots, and ‘meanwhile’ temporary use of land.

Activities on offer include: workshops, walks, garden tours, tastings, seed sowing and planting sessions. Of course, there will be plenty of plants and home-grown produce for sale, and garden cafés will be springing up over the weekend to fortify you on your tour.

We hope to have minibus transport to some of the further-flung sites. Please check back for the latest information.

Download the Trail leaflet here:

Get Growing Garden Trail leaflet 2012


Bristol Seed Swap 2012 by nadiacatkinhillman
February 14, 2012, 8:46 am
Filed under: food-growing, Fun, gardening, GROFUN

10th March, 12-4 pm, Easton Community Centre, free event, donation requested.

Saturday 10th March
12 – 4pm
Easton Community Centre,
Kilburn St, Easton, BS5 6AW

Far more than seeds!

Music, stalls, talks, workshops, plant sales, films, tea, cake and lunch, and quite possibly, some fun…

Bristol’s 8th annual seed swap and green fair is open to everyone from wannabe gardeners to experienced pros – and anyone aiming for a more sustainable life.

-Come along and share seeds, pick up new and interesting varieties, exchange tips, experiences and resources.

Plus a great opportunity to find out more about local community groups, why saving and swapping seed is incredibly important, and what’s going on in the world of local food and resilience. All in one place!

Suggested donation – £3, or bring a cake for the café to sell!

Bring your excess or unwanted seeds to share, if you have some, preferably labeled, in a bag, envelope or other container.



July 30, 2009, 10:51 am
Filed under: food-growing, gardening, Uncategorized, Workshops

An afternoon event on how to grow food in containers and urban gardens. Includes what to grow now and handy hints on how to deal with pests and problems.

Bristol Folk House

Tuesday 11th August

1 – 4pm
With Beth Astle

To book a place contact:
Bristol Folk House  e:admin@bristolfolkho

ticket price £19.35
t:0117 926 2987
Or for more info contact Beth Astle:

More Great GROFUN News!!! by nadiacatkinhillman
February 18, 2009, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, Friends, Fun, gardening, GROFUN, Uncategorized

Bristol’s own gardening ‘share-scheme’ GROFUN has some excitng news this week from the BBC. Exciting and scary!

Alys Fowler the flame-haired gardening expert who presents Gardeners World called up the project coordinator (Nadia, also your humble and currenty frustrated ed.) to ask if she could make a a ten minute film of the project to be aired on the show this Spring!

In terms of PR for GROFUN this beloved gardening show has to be the ‘Golden Ticket’. The first episode was broadcast during that most historic year of political protestation and and mind expansion when flowers were really hip and hipsters really cool – way back then in 1968. The history of gardening extends across at least 4,000 years of human civilization, forever shifting with the times and of course the seasons but held fondly in the hearts of those who have dug and dreamed. 

GROFUN has a unique chance here to spread its message of ‘people power’ and collective grass roots action.But to transmit this message successfully, with some professionalism, more active volunteers are required to co-create a community allotment that inspires everyone tuning in to the programme that anyone can grow food and probably should! 

The crew want to begin filming around the Spring Equinox which means a tidy and attractive plot is all we can hope to show off. To offer them an abundant allotment, teeming with flowers, fruits, herbs, veggies and insects the team would need to honour their promise and return in the summer to film a follow-up piece and enjoy the harvest.

Every weekend between now and the Spring Equinox on March 21st the GROFUN plot in Ashley Vale could be teeming with people, getting down and dirty and having fun! There are supports to be built, beds to be raised, seeds to be planted and junk to recycle, but equally as important are those fresh friends to make, that different type of tea to try and that new piece of info to learn. GROFUN aims to enrich life in all its manifestations, from soil to skills to friendships.

Please come along and lend a hand. The sessions are generally afternoons Sat and Sun and are free. This means you can come and go as you please, refreshments are provided, you’re bound to enjoy your self and in the summer, you can come back and take a bag of raspberries and some leeks or whatever back home with you.

For more details leave a comment and I’ll get back to you personally.

Petition to increase allotment sites-please sign! by nadiacatkinhillman
July 23, 2008, 2:34 pm
Filed under: food-growing, gardening

The below petition to Government has only got 850 signatures and closes on 2
August – please sign and forward to all your friends – to demonstrate the
breadth of support for allotments and land for growing more generally. It
takes 2 seconds!

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Make it compulsory that
local authorities and developers make provision for allotments and community
gardens on every new development. Waiting lists are huge we need more
allotment sites.