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The Community Garden is a thriving, tranquil, nature-rich green oasis right in the heart of the city of Bristol. Together, we are building a resilient, connected and sustainable community.

'The growing in the garden is lovely and the sessions are very therapeutic and informative. It also appears to be a much-valued ‘sanctuary’ to the community in this inner city area of Bristol, and I would recommend them. It’s a wonderful use of what was once a very sad, decaying place.'' Eric

What we do:

- provide a space for health and well being for all the community to reflect, interact, grow

- deliver a range of educational workshops for children, families and local adults groups

- host a range of creative, diverse events responsive to our local community

- provide a safe, accessible space for everyone to enjoy

- showcase organic food growing techniques and grow medicinal plants, reactive to climate change

- offer volunteer opportunities for gardening and environmental education

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We provide more activities in the garden, like family nature days. Photo Paul Blakemore

Through funding from BBC Children in Need we are providing locally-based, accessible nature-based activities for children and families delivering learning programmes in organic food growing, heritage craft and forest school-inspired play (2019-2021).

The project tackles isolation – builds community cohesion - helps build relationships and mutual respect - improves communication skills - helps build self esteem - increases confidence and, helps to develop essential life skills.

“This experience is something the children will never forget. They have had such an amazing time, learning to light their own fire and cook marshmallows – it's really something they would never get the chance to do – thanks so much”. Mr L, Teacher, Barton Hill Academy Nov 2019

A typical Forest School/Gardening programme with schools and colleges may include; fire making, plant ID, seed sowing, weeding, team building, natural craft and free play. A typical Family Day may include storytelling, music percussion workshops, natural crafts to take home, toasting marshmallows, insect hunts and many games.

Get in touch if you would like to take part in the project.

project-history

Set up in 2014, the garden runs activities in organic horticulture, food and sustainable living skills and ideas available for the local people, regardless of age, gender, ability or education.

Children In Need 2019/2020

Year one of a three year programme of activity in the Community Garden engaging, educating and connecting our local community to a green space and to each other.

  • 143 Children (aged 18 under) took part in 41 garden sessions and activities delivered in partnership with local schools (BS2) and charities
  • 88% of children started to, or showed significant improvement in developing positive relationships
  • 91% of children started to, or showed significant improvement in their self belief
  • 87% of children started to, or showed significant improvement in their emotional well being

2016 / 2017

The Garden Project delivered over 200 sessions and activities . Over 600 people attended, with many attending regular weekly drop ins or workshops.

Click here to find out more about past activities.

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