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


Who should feed Bristol? by nadiacatkinhillman
February 14, 2012, 8:40 am
Filed under: Food, food-growing, free space, permaculture, Workshops

Next Bristol 2050 meeting  “Who should feed Bristol?”,18 February, 2 pm to 5 pm, Artspace college, free event

2pm – 5pm Sat 18th Febuary @ Artspace college BS3 5JJ

We are hoping to create a shared vision of the future that the people of Bristol can get behind. We ran a poll on our website to decide what issue we should tackle first and you chose food.

The theme for the February the 18th meeting will be “Who should feed Bristol” The title is borrowed from the “Who feeds Bristol report” by Joy Carey. The report would be a useful thing to read before coming along.

  • Should we be producing more food locally
  • How viable is urban farming in Bristol
  • Can care farming help us address our cities drug problems

The meeting will again be run using the “open space” model.

Artspace College who are kindly hosting the event have a on-site food project.


Reccommended Speaker and a Screening of the inspiring film Power of Community by nadiacatkinhillman
March 26, 2008, 5:28 pm
Filed under: food-growing, media, peak oil, permaculture, Transition

A talk by Megan Quinn – film maker of Power of Community – How Cuba survived
Peak Oil.
Tuesday 7.30 pm on Monday 1st April
At Easton Community Centre, Kilburn St, Easton, BS5 9AW.
Megan will cover the basics of peak oil and climate change, but focus on the
potential solutions including curtailment strategies for housing,
transportation and food, and the importance of local community living and
community values in addressing the challenges at hand.
Followed by an open space session.
£3 donation on the door

For those who cant make that date Transition Bristol are screening film The Power of
Community also
At 7pm on Monday 31st March
At The Pickle Factory, All Hallows Rd, Easton

GROFUN FILM SCREENING AND 2008 ‘SIGN-UP’ EVENT by nadiacatkinhillman
February 24, 2008, 10:14 am
Filed under: Food, food-growing, gardening, GROFUN, peak oil, permaculture, Transition

GROFUN (Growing Real Organic Food in Urban Neighbourhoods) is a grass-roots, community lead inititative where teams of neighbours help one another set up back garden veggie patches and then reap the rewards of a mixed and locally grown ‘veg box’!

It teaches practical skills, address’s the problem of air miles and pollution and builds communites that are closer and more resilient to ever increasing energy shocks and food insecurity! Think about it, there’s only 3 days worth of food stocked in the supermarkets-what do we eat then???

For 2008 we need new recruits with gardens, preferably in the St Pauls, Montpelier and St Werbs area (to keep it local and ‘sustainable’) and anyone interested in being involved, any which way, is invited to come along to the Grand Premiere of the GROFUN Movie to be aired at a get-together in the Albany Hall on Shaftesbury Avenue at 6.30pm on March 4th.

Please please tell your friends with gardens, a desire to grow veg and an interest in ‘relocalization’ and community etc to come along.

Furthermore, the current group has a Yahoo group where we stay in touch. It would be a great idea to join this…

We need many hands to make light work of this rewarding and fun project.

Vegetables need people like people need vegetables.

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December 14, 2007, 9:56 am
Filed under: food-growing, gardening, permaculture, Transition

A tree is for life, not just for Christmas!!

Transition Bristol is trying to persuade the good people of Bristol to buy
fruit trees and plant them in their gardens as part of the biggest Fruit
Tree Offer ever! Following on from the project that has run in Easton and
Barton Hill for years we’re hoping to extend the project city wide and get
hundreds of trees planted.

We’re buying in bulk and passing the saving on to you….trees from £7 to
£8.50 The perfect sustainable Christmas present.

Lower food miles, increase biodiversity, and improve the environment all in
one go. Start building food security and local resilience into the city
landscape. And apart from all that… you’ll have fresh, tasty, organic
fruit on your doorstep.

Trees are available to buy online and will be delivered to one of 10
collection points around the city on February 16th. When you pick up your
tree Transition Village groups will show you how to plant and care for it.
All the trees have been selected to be easy to grow, the right size for
small gardens, self fertile and tasty.

Due to the scale of the project we are not able to specify varieties.
However we are sourcing them from a local, decent supplier. Please order early to avoid
disappointment. Last orders at end of January.

For details or enquiries please contact Matt and Rob on