Bristol has been recognised for its good food movement – and become only the second UK city to scoop Gold Sustainable Food City status.
Awarded by the independent, Sustainable Food Places Board, the accolade recognises Bristol’s innovative approach towards tackling food inequality, reducing waste and increasing urban growing.
Work across the city has also included addressing the impacts of food on public health, nature and climate change.
Bristol joins Brighton and Hove who were awarded Gold at the end of last year.
Organisations, citizens and food outlets across the city also joined forces to log almost 2,000 positive food actions on the Going for Gold website.
The 18-month Going for Gold initiative and Bristol Bites Back Better campaign, focused on reducing food waste, growing Bristol’s good food movement and community action. This included buying and eating better, urban food growing and food equality.
Deputy Mayor, Bristol City Council and Chairperson of the Going for Gold Steering Group, Councillor Asher Craig, said:
“…Our Gold achievement is a testament to the whole city rallying together and taking action, from citizens and organisations to policy makers.
“More than ever there is a collective energy calling for food that is good for people, communities, and the planet to be available to everyone in Bristol. This award makes it clear that Bristol is on the right path towards a better food future for all its citizens.”
Examples of the city’s projects which helped its winning bid include:
- Grow Wilder, an education centre and growing site in Stapleton for sustainable food growing and wildlife-friendly practices
- The work of the University of West of England and the University of Bristol on transforming institutional food culture, including sustainable sourcing, redistributing surplus food, plant-based menus and gardening projects
- The Children’s Kitchen, based in the city’s nursery schools to explore eating and growing fresh produce with children
- FOOD Clubs, a partnership project between Family Action, Feeding Bristol and FareShare South West, with 16 clubs across the city – including three in Knowle West – providing nutritious food to families at a fraction of the normal cost.
Director of Bristol Food Network and strategic coordinator of the Going for Gold bid, Joy Carey, said: “Since achieving silver status in 2016, we’ve been determined to support and uncover more individuals, projects and initiatives that are contributing positively to a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system for the city and its citizens.
“This is a moment to be celebrated but is most definitely not an end point for us, and all the other key stakeholders in this project…”
Work will now be starting on the Bristol Good Food 2030 action plan, which will see ” a more joined-up approach to tackling issues such as food insecurity, access to land for growing and food waste.”
Bristol residents are being asked to share their vision for food in the city which will feed into the 2030 action plan. Visit https://www.goingforgoldbristol.co.uk/jointheconversation/