Visitors flock to Knowle West urban gardens

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Around 250 visitors from across Bristol flocked to three local sites in Knowle West for the Get Growing Trail last weekend.

Local food producers at Andy’s Haven Nursery at the Park, Bramble Farm on the Northern Slopes and Let’s Grow Community Allotment opened their gates over the 7 and 8 June to show visitors the work they do.

They are all part of the Edible Landscapes Movement (ELM) and have worked with Knowle West Media Centre to to use digital media to link with other producers and share their stories online.

Highlights  of the weekend included chicken feeding, animal petting and stalls selling local produce and plants. There was also the chance for visitors to learn about bee keeping, seed planting and see wildlife ponds as well as enjoy barbecues on the plots.

Mandy Swainger from Bramble Farm was one of the original families who appeared on River Cottage Spring when the land was first cultivated. It is run as a collective by six families who produce all their own food.

She said: “The weekend was enjoyed by all, visitors were very interested in what we do and we had people who had never been here before and said how lovely it was.

“We showed people the animals – we had the lambs, pigs as well as ducklings, guinea pigs and rabbits. There was also seed bomb making and barbecue with sausages from locally produced pigs.”