A homegrown hero

By Sue Mackinnon

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A Knowle West gardener has been recognised for his work growing organic food in the community – by being given the BBC Radio Bristol Food Hero Award.

Steve Griffiths (46) topped the list of nominations from across the city at the BBC Food and Farming Awards Ceremony.

Dubbed “the Oscars of the food world” and now in its 15th year – the ceremony was held in Bristol at the end of April.

Steve has been working for the Knowle West Health Association (KWHA) as Head Gardener at the Springfield Allotments for the past four years.

KWHA Allotment Co-ordinator Jan Perry said the organisation was “really pleased” Steve had received the award.

She told the Knowledge: “Steve shows dedication and commitment to his work at the allotment and strives to produce an array of organic crops which are available to the local community.

“With the help of local volunteers, Steve has transformed the allotment site over the years to provide a truly magical outdoor space for local people to enjoy.”

Steve said:  “I didn’t expect to win … when the Mayor George Ferguson read my name out, I was dumbstruck.

‘Basically I just do what I love. I like working outdoors and working with the residents of Knowle West, making people healthier and happier.”