Main image: Bramble Farm courtesy of Lucie Laborde Briulet
Bristol’s Get Growing Garden Trail is back – with a harvest-themed weekend over 18 and 19 September
It’s the chance to visit the city’s community allotments, orchards and smallholdings as well as mini market gardens, city farms and productive parks – with many sites welcoming visitors for the first time since the pandemic begun.
Now in its ninth year – with 2020 being cancelled – the popular event hosted by the Bristol Food Network (BFN) will see over 20 fruit and vegetable gardens opening their doors to the public.
Knowle West’s Bramble Farm, is the only local venue taking part this year. It was established as a smallholding over ten years ago by residents – with the help of TV chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and featured on the programme River Cottage Spring.
The weekend will see dozens of free family-friendly activities on offer across the Trail – from apple juice-making and garden tours to nature trails and the chance to buy fresh produce.
With growing helping to improve people’s mental and physical health during the pandemic – the outdoor spaces will also be highlighting their nature-friendly methods with tips for visitors to take back to their own plot, garden or window box.
June is when the the Get Growing Trail has usually been held. But with the COVID situation still unclear this summer, BFN instead hosted a digital version of the Trail in June 2021 – put together from videos sent in by local groups, which can be seen in this short film.
Bramble Farm on the Northern Slopes, off Beckington Walk will be open on Saturday 18 September from 11am – 4pm with the chance to see the animals and vegetable patch and have something to eat.
Other highlights include Bristol’s first fully wheelchair-accessible dementia-friendly allotment (Alive at Brentry), open on Sunday 19 September, 12 noon–4pm.
Two new additions to the Trail, Long Ashton Growers and Bridge Farm in Bell Hill, BS16, will be open both days 11am-4pm.
All openings are subject to current government Covid-19 restrictions. Please check the BFN website for any updates.