Bristol’s beautiful and historic harbourside and city centre now has some new attractions to draw the crowds: fruit, vegetables and herbs. The urban Food Growing Trail is a walking tour that kicks off with a couple of beds of rhubarb, blackcurrant and nectarines at Brunel’s Temple Meads Station. This happened last year and they will put it on in 2018 with maps and visitors are encouraged to harvest and eat as they go.
Incredible Edible Bristol are inspiring people all over the City to take food production back into their own hands. Any piece of land has the potential to grow food – be it a curbside, your back garden or a spare corner in a park. Our mission is to take down the barriers between you and your ability to grow there. The idea behind the trail was to give visitors a different idea of what a city centre might look like. It shows how beautiful edible growing can be, somehow looking particularly welcome among the concrete and the cars. It inspires confidence in those who might otherwise believe that they need a large vegetable patch in the suburbs or the expanse of an allotment in order to grow their own food.
Edinburgh Garden Partners (EGP) is a charity which matches ‘people who want to garden with people who have space to share’. The charity focuses on those who may need the most help such as the elderly or disabled but also those who have some space to share.
Becoming a volunteer garden partner involves filling out an application form and attending an informal meeting. All volunteers are vetted through Disclosure Scotland’s PVG scheme which is free to applicants. If you have a garden to share, simply contact the EGP who will then try to match you up with an appropriate volunteer. The charity also organises SOS events where groups of volunteers help out with garden clearance and maintenance for those most needy. For more information or to make a donation visit: