Avon Wildlife Trust is part of a national network of Wildlife Trusts who’s nature conservation work includes collaboration with farmers to encourage greater biodiversity on farm land. This project was initiated to better understand the everyday issues encountered on farms and to demonstrate how food can be cultivated alongside wildlife to mutual beneficial. Nature conservation membership internationally is huge so the potential impact of raising awareness of wildlife friendly food growing is enormous.
‘Feed Bristol’ operates as an education centre to promote nature conservation to the general public. This is achieved by community food growing activities where volunteers get a share of the harvest alongside seasonal events and activities.
Co-ordinated by a very small number of paid staff, a wide diversity of people and organisations are regular visitors to Feed Bristol including from schools, elderly persons homes and health organisations - in 18 months 11,000 people participated in activities. So far there have been 2000 person days in volunteer time, all far exceeding initial targets. When current ‘start up’ funding ends in the near future, alternatives need to be 4found to continue this exemplar project. One idea that’s being explored is for the project to provide quality placements for ex offenders, providing dual benefits of financial support and scaling up food production while reducing re-offending by increasing skills and supporting community integration.
Avon Wildlife Trust
community food growing
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Avon Wildlife Trust’s wildlife friendly community food growing
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Nature conservation charity ‘Avon Wildlife Trust’ demonstrates
how food growing can successfully co exist with biodiversity
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Numerous volunteers support seasonal events and activities attracting
huge numbers of visitors on open days
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A diverse mix of individuals and organisations participate in food
growing and celebrations but the project needs to become financially
self sufficient in order to continue.