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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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


BIG Green Week 9-17 June by nadiacatkinhillman
May 25, 2012, 11:38 am
Filed under: Energy, Food, Fun, music, Organic, Recycling, renewable energy, social, Transition, Workshops

The BIG Green Week festival programme features one hundred events over nine days in Bristol, from Saturday 9th to Sunday 17thJune.

All tickets are now on sale for these inspiring comedy, music, film, poetry, art and ideas events. Around half the events are free of charge.

Full details are now available on our daily festival events pages on this website, or you can download a pdf of our full printed programme here.  (Please note the full printed programme is a large 7.5 meg pdf file and may take some time to download).

The £10 discount ‘Green Pass’ wristband is the best value way to enjoy Bristol’s BIG Green Week, with reduced price tickets, as well as discounts at cafes, restaurants and bars around the festival.



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

Monthly Meeting Programme for Transition Easton by nadiacatkinhillman
March 20, 2008, 4:23 pm
Filed under: food-growing, gardening, Transition

Following Transition Easton’s very postive launch event in February,
we will be holding monthly network meetings on the fourth Tuesday of
each month. Coming up we have:
Tuesday 25th March we have a gardening theme with talks by people
involved in local community gardening projects.
Tuesday 22nd April we will have a food theme featuring guest speaker
Paul Mobbs, author of ‘Energy Beyond Oil’ and former director of
Friends of the Earth.

Also, here are details of the March/April Transition Easton film
season. Films will be followed by a discussion.

Monday 31st March  ‘The Power of Community’ Cuba’s inspiring response
to their taste of the effects of ‘peak oil’.

Monday 7th April ‘A Crude Awakening’ New award winning documentary on
Peak Oil often mentioned in the national media.

Monday 14th April ‘Crude Impact’ Exploration of Peak Oil and the
devastating impacts of the oil industry around the world.

Monday 21st April ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Al Gores award winning film
on the science and effects of climate change. Plus guest speaker Paul
Mobbs, author of ‘Energy Beyond Oil’ and former director of Friends of
the Earth.

Monday 28th April.
Short films ‘Carbon Weevils’ and ‘The Story of Stuff’ followed by
Rob Newman’s ‘History of Oil’ cabaret style exploration of the
inextricable link between oil and every aspect of our lives and politics.

All events will be held 7pm at Baggator Youth Centre, The Pickle
Factory, All Hallows Road, Easton, BS5 0HH.

For further info email

Chance for inexperienced Veggie Growers to be in a Channel 4 series. by nadiacatkinhillman
March 13, 2008, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, GROFUN, media, News, Transition

Have you ever dreamed of growing your own food and rearing your own animals but never thought you had the skills or space to get started?

Are you fed up with relying on shops and supermarkets for your every need?”

Then….why not join in with the GROFUN scheme OR contact KEO Films-the makers of River Cottage.

They want families with no experience of this sort of thing who are ready to commit to an experiment in self-sufficiency.

To find out more about this life-changing challenge please e mail or call 0845 8672694 and leave a message or phone 07811 443961 and ask to speak to Vanessa or Charlotte.

(I’m thinking of proposing that they come make a programme about GROFUN instead-it would be much better, tension, sweat, tears, compost, drama, slugs and laughter!!!!)

In other news-I have been interviewed by, not one, but two major broadsheets in as many days!!!! Yep, The Independent and The Telegraph have both been sniffing about the GROFUN headquarters (my bedroom) !!!

Look out for something in The Independent a week today or the following Thurs!

How exciting this all is………but its nothing without you-so join up to the scheme if youre at all interested and book in your Action Days asap and lets get things rolling!

Anyone interested in GROFUN is invited along to another informal meeting at The Albany, Shaftesbury Avenue, Montpelier, Wed the 19th, 6.30 for 7 where I’ll also be screening the film. There’s no obligation to sign-up its just a chance to find out more…….


GROFUN Film now available to watch on YouTube by nadiacatkinhillman
February 28, 2008, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, Friends, Fun, gardening, GROFUN, media, Transition

Dear BBB Readers,

I am proud to report that the short film we made which chronicles the first year of the GROFUN Project is now on the web!

With the help of Kyra, a local film maker/editor and Naomi it is great that I can now point those interested to an engaging and informative film to further promote the benefits of this growing, grass-roots project. My friend Steve produced the music especially for this film.

Thankyou Steve

You can watch the film here and comment or go to and watch and comment there. In terms of promotion of the scheme YouTube probably has bit more clout!

Please feel free to leave constructive comments, but go easy, much of the footage was unuseable due to poor sound or light quality and the final cut is the best it could have been with the raw material we had available. It’s not exactly Palme d’Or stuff, but it’s sort of innocent in tone dont you think?