South West England
Here you can find lots of useful information for, and about, city farms and community gardens in South West England. You can:
- Find gardens and farms in your local area via our interactive map or our search page.
- Find details of events by viewing the news and updates section below.
- Download a copy of the FCFCG Bristol map and other useful publications.
- See the bottom of this page for contact details of the FCFCG staff team in the South West.
South West News
Regularly updated with news of interest to city farms and community gardens in South West England, plus details of training and networking events.
- Golden Hill Community Garden Christmas events, Bristol
- National newspaper covers Bristol garden's community cooking day
- FCFCG members appear on BBC Points West
- Community Composting Network course for local food growers, Cheltenham and Westward Ho!
- Toolkits for Community Growers
Golden Hill Community Garden Christmas events, Bristol
Make your own eco-friendly Christmas willow wreath at Golden Hill's workshop on Saturday, 7th December. The event runs from 10am - 2pm and costs £10 including all materials. No need to book - follow the website link below for mor einformation and contact details.
The garden is also holding a free seasonal celebration on Saturday, 18th December from 6pm - 7.30pm, with carols, music, hot soup, mulled cider and apple juice, roast chestnuts and a bonfire to keep out the winter chill.
For more information on both events go to the Golden Hill website.
National newspaper covers Bristol garden's community cooking day
A Bristol community garden’s chutney-making session has been featured in a national newspaper.
Golden Hill Community Garden made it into The Guardian’s weekly ‘Cook’ supplement with their chutney day, held to help use up a glut of produce.
A photographer came to capture the event and the article also includes the recipes used by the Golden Hill group. As an added benefit of the publicity, the garden has now completely sold out of chutney.
You can read the full story on The Guardian website,
Community Composting Network course for local food growers, Cheltenham and Westward Ho!
This three-day course from the Community Composting Network will teach local food growers how to produce compost to cover their growing needs, save money and replenish the soil fertility.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and is classed as Level 2, which is about GCSE level. Topics are taught with a mix of classroom learning and practical activities and the venue has growing and composting on site.
Course topics include:
- Building a hot compost heap
- Testing soil pH and type
- Make the right compost mix or mulch for your growing
- Working with and feeding your soil
- Designing a composting site for your project
- Testing the quality of your compost
- Designing a sustainable business model
Courses run throughout September and October and will be held at the Down to Earth Co-op in Cheltenham and at the Seize the Moment project in Westward Ho! Fees vary according to annual turnover. For more information about the course, venues and fees, go to the Community Composting Network website.
Toolkits Available for Community Growers
Community groups who want to grow their own food will be able to get help from three new toolkits, launched by the Community Council of Devon (CCD). The toolkits, funded by the Big Lottery Local Food programme, cover Legal Tenure, Planning and Access issues.
The toolkits will help farmers, landowners and local councils feel confident that they are following the right procedures, asking the right questions and making the right decisions. The Toolkits are available free from this Devon Community Council page.
South West Publications
FCFCG has produced a colourful map for the Bristol area, giving details of city farms and community gardens. You can download a pdf document version by clicking on the links below:
South West Partnerships
Growing Food and Composting
This three year project, previously known as the Cornwall Community Food and Composting Project, was funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food Scheme and. It is a partnership between FCFCG and Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change. It breaks down food growing and composting into easy and practical steps by supporting people to grow food and compost at home in containers or in their gardens. It also supports six groups setting up their own community garden project. The aim is to make fresh, organic produce more easily accessible to people throughout Cornwall. You can find out more by going to the project's Facebook page.
South West Funding
Find details of funding opportunities for community gardens in Northern England. Includes long term funding and grants schemes. We also provide regular e-bulletins with funding information to our members.
South West Contacts
Sara Melendro, South West England Development Co-ordinator
FCFCG South West
Tel: 01392 243 233
Hilltown Fields, Northlew Road, Okehampton, EX20 1SN