The Seedswap on Saturday 8th March 12.00 - 5.00pm looks like a great opportunity to find out more about growing and get some great seeds.

Feed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trust's exciting food growing project on 8 acres of beautiful land buzzing with wildlife in Stapleton.It is a great place to discover how to grow organic food and experience how nature helps us grow. Everyone who gets involved can take away some fresh tasty food.

 

 

"Our aim is to support a range of people with different needs and abilities to access food growing while promoting health, well-being, out-door education and access to nature. Our objective is to support as many people as possible get the most out of local food production. This is a fantastic asset for Bristol so come and help us make the most of it!"

 

 

Golden Britain in Bloom

To launch the 2014 RHS Britain in Bloom campaign and to celebrate Bloom’s golden anniversary, the RHS is encouraging community groups across the UK to plant golden pollinator-friendly flowers in public spaces this year.

Free ‘Growing for Gold’ seed packs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all groups registered with one of these campaigns:

Bloom (all Bloom groups can apply for seeds - regional and national)
It’s Your Neighbourhood
RHS Affiliated Societies
RHS Campaign for School Gardening

If you are registered with any of the above groups you can apply for seeds via the RHS

 ‘Where Does Our Fruit Come From?


Natural Connections have launched their first ever competition ‘Where Does Our Fruit Come From?’
The competition is open to all primary, secondary and special schools that are within the local authority boundaries of Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay, Bristol and North Somerset.
Discover fruits from around the world in Geography, try fruit picking in your local orchard or learn about local fruit and British wildlife in Science. Imagination for entries is key, so get your fruity thinking caps on!
Three first prizes of £100-worth of local fruit trees and bushes will be awarded - one each to the best entry from a primary, a secondary and a special school. Many thanks to Adams Apples, who are providing these wonderful prizes.
We also have loads of great runner-up prizes to be won, such as a class day out at the Eden Project, Paignton Zoo and many more – see the information sheet (link below) for full details! Our thanks to everyone who has contributed to such a fantastic array of prizes.
Submission deadline is 8th March 2014

For more information click here

 

The Seeds for Change garden at Shirehampton Primary is looking fantastic at the moment and provides a lovely change to the weed infested patch that preceded it. As well as weeding and watering their planters, the children have also had the opportunity to participate in a range of other activities related to the project.

Shirehampton Primary school are participating in the Seeds for Change Project in collaboration with the University of Bristol and Arnolfini. In order to make best use of a piece of ground in need of development, Best Education drew up plans to create a series of planters and benches. The planters were to be themed as boats to fit in with the idea of ships and ballast.  Students from the University will be working as volunteers to help the children in Year 4 plant grow their own ballast gardens. Below are some pictures showing various stages of the process.

  

 

Weeds and old planters                                                        Weed control and first boat appear

  

  Boat two in preparation                                                        Boat two in place 

  

 Boat three ready                                                                 Add some slate for water effect

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