Sims Hill part of Get Growing Open Day 11 June!

On Saturday 11 June Bristol’s growers are all set to open their garden gates and community plots for Bristol’s first ever Get Growing Garden Trail (10am–5pm). Here at Sims Hill we will be offering farm tours, a chance to join in one of our regular work days and a look at all the lovely fruit and veg that will be on show! Please note: We will only be open from 10 to 1 which are our usual work days hours.

There will be 24 city-wide food growing projects open to the public, ranging from the largest community garden, to the most modest of fruit tree planting scheme. Get on your bike to visit them and find out top tips for growing your own veg, how to get more involved locally, or just to enjoy the family fun and games. With activities happening at events across the city from chilli tasting, farm tours and grow your own workshops, to ‘meet the animals’ and seed-planting for the children, the event promises to be Bristol’s biggest celebration yet of urban growing.

We’re really pleased to report that since the last Bristol’s Local Food Update, the Bristol Green Capital and Bristol Permaculture Association are supporting the Get Growing Garden Trail. The groups that are opening for the day are:

Clifton Chilli Club (Easter Gardens), Edible Landscapes Movement (KWMC), Eastside Roots Community Garden, Trinity Community Garden, GRO-FUN, Horfield Organic Community Orchard, Sims Hill Shared Harvest, Totterdown Sprouting, Create Centre, Thornbury Harvest Coop, GrowGrubby (Talbot Road Allotments), Metford Road Community Orchard, The Walled Garden Project, Lawrence Weston Community Farm, SusWot, Bramble Farm Community Smallholding, Windmill Hill City Farm, Patchwork Community Gardening Group, Upper Horfield Community Garden Club, Coexist Garden/Bristol Food Hub, GREENS Community Market Garden (HHEAG), Redland Green Allotment Association, The Severn Project and St Paul’s Allotment Project.

It’s a great opportunity to see so many great growing projects on one day. It’s going to be a really exciting event so get on your bikes and see how many you can visit! Full details and a downloadable map will be available from mid-May at: