Bristol’s Garden Trail 2013

Bristol’s ‘Get Growing Garden Trail’ will run on 8th and 9th June 2013  and this year will particularly emphasise ‘cooking from scratch’ activities. This is the 3rd year of the Garden Trail, organised by the Bristol Food Network to promote urban food growing and supported by Bristol City Council.

The Trail will form part of  the Green Fringe leading up to Bristol’s Big Green Week starting on 15th June

Last year 32 community gardens from all around the city participated in the Trail. There was a good selection in terms of sizes, types (garden, farm, orchard) and memberships (open, co-operative, social enterprise, small holdings).

 A variety of activities were on offer during the Garden Trail weekend. Most gardens had plant, seed, produce and bake sales. Visitors were also given gardening tips, guided tour of the gardens/farms/orchards and demonstrations on growing in small spaces.

In addition, face painting, decorating water butts converted from redundant wheelie bins,  planting seedlings and meet-the-animals proved popular with the children. Several individual activities that attracted a large number of visitors were a herbal riverside walk, seasonal food demonstrations and tasting, barbecues, make your own pizzas and  tea  sampling.

Some gardens organised live music performances to entertain their visitors creating a great atmosphere enjoyed by all ages.