Take the Big Green challenge

Published on: 27 May 2016

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Picture: The Get Growing Garden Trail, details below


Take the Big Green challenge

BRISTOL’S Big Green Week is coming. As well as events in Victoria Park, in Whitchurch and at Windmill Hill City Farm, the organisers are challenging South Bristolians to make their own positive steps towards a greener future from June 11 to 19.

These include holding street parties on June 11 – not only to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday but to get neighbours talking to each other and forge stronger communities.

“We’re trying to get people to engage and think about the impact they they make as an individual,” said Shanks Raj, one of the Big Green Week directors.

Other challenges include changing the way you travel; changing what you eat so you take less out of the environment; recycling more; using less energy in the home; or buying more goods locally.

Among scores of events citywide, on Saturday June 11, Windmill Hill city farm in Philip Street hosts Garment Revival from 2-3pm, devoted to making old clothes out of new. Old clothing can gain a new look by screen printing a design on it.

Sunday sees a session of green-tinged poetry from collective The Spoke at the Tobacco Factory bar in North Street, Southville, 7.45-9.30pm. 

Also on Sunday, women can sample jogging with the This Mum Runs group, starting at the top of Sandy Park Road, Brislington, at 8am.

All week, 151 Luckwell Road, Bedminster, a typical Victorian house, will be transformed with natural materials – hemp, lime and clay – to make it better insulated and drier.

On Monday June 13, the new Family Cycling Centre in Whitchurch (see page 4) hosts a Heart Health cycle ride and a picnic with sports nutritionist Alison Preston.

There are also dance workshops in Victoria Park, and a green business session at Filwood Green business centre – details on the website below. 

Supporting local firms and keeping money in the local economy – such as by using Bristol Pounds – is a major theme of the week.

“We’d like to see people consuming less and thinking about every penny they spend and where it goes, so that they support local entrepreneurs sourcing local goods, rather than handing money to multinational corporations that might end up in tax havens,” said Shanks.




June 4 and 5 

Bristol’s secret fruit and veg growers on show, among them:

Andy’s Haven, Park Centre, Daventry Road, Sat 11am-3pm

Bramble Farm, Stockwood Crescent, Knowle, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

Springfield allotments, Andover Road, Knowle, Sat 11am-3pm

Dean Lane orchard, Warden Road, Bedminster, Sat 2-4pm

Totterdown Sprouting, Park Street, Totterdown, Sun 1-4pm

Windmill Hill city farm, Philip St, Bedminster, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

• bristolfoodnetwork.org

• biggreenweek.com

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