Feed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trust's community food-growing project in Stapleton, Bristol

The project enables a wide diversity of people across Bristol to access and value the natural world through learning how to grow food using wildlife-friendly methods.

The project is on eight acres of prime food-growing land with a range of habitats, growing spaces and excellent facilities. The aim is to support a range of community groups and schools with different needs, promoting health, wellbeing and education through outdoor activities.

From volunteering opportunities and corporate volunteer days to being an inspirational site for education visits, Feed Bristol is a community asset and regularly puts on events to celebrate wildlife-friendly gardening. 

Since opening in 2012, Feed Bristol has supported 5,500 disadvantaged people, 4,000 school children from 38 schools and over 110 different groups. In total 23,000 people have been engaged through different activities on the site and we have been supported by 453 volunteers giving nearly 22,000 hours of their time! 

Please watch this film by funded and produced by Bristol Food Producers that showcases the Feed Bristol site and the six land based enterprises here that champion conservation and ecology in a food growing setting.

Bristol Food Producers is a diverse network of local, independent growers, farmers, food processors and distributors working together to supply the city of Bristol with fresh, fair, local, and sustainably produced food.

What we offer

You can hire our spaces for events and workshops, visit with a community group, bring a school class for an education visit, or take part in corporate volunteering.  For details of all of these please click on the images above.

Wildflower Nursery

Feed Bristol runs a large native wildflower nursery. It is open to the public, trade and large pre-orders for big projects. We are open every day mid-week (9.00 – 5.00) and the first Saturday of the month (11.00 -5.00). We have a volunteer skills development, training and research program set up to support the nursery. Through this we are expanding our collection of plants which are grown from locally collected seed. We are planting these out across Feed Bristol to create a large seed bank and to enhance our agri-ecological stewardship model. Currently we stock over 150 different species of native wildflowers. 

Events

We have a wealth of exciting regular events at the Feed Bristol site, including children's holiday clubs, harvest festivals, growing workshops and more! You can download a PDF of the calendar below, or email events@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk . For all Avon Wildlife Trust events please see our events pages .

Regular Volunteering

Be part of a team that supports community groups and communal growing. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience. Follow the link to find out more. 

Feed Bristol is currently at full capacity for new volunteers. 

Communal food-growing days

There is a diverse range of jobs that you will be involved with from horticulture, land management and conservation. Bring lunch and clothes suitable for gardening. All abilities welcome. Please email volunteer@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk   for more information. 

Feed Bristol is currently at full capacity for new volunteers. 


Grow Leader Course

The hugely popular course aims to support more people to become effective facilitators to engage a range of people in ecological land management and food growing. With a focus on how to develop projects and activities where people and wildlife can thrive in a productive food growing setting.


Our grow leader placement volunteers attend the Grow Leader course for free. Click here for more information.


Field Ecology Courses 

Take part in a range of courses aimed at students, practising ecologists, conservation volunteers and anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in natural history and biological recording.

The courses will provide a thorough introduction to each group’s biology, ecology and diversity within the Bristol area. References and help with understanding relevant literature, and practical activities teaching basic field survey techniques will also be covered. Some of our courses will include field trips to local sites of interest. These courses will aid participants in forming a strong foundation of understanding to take on to further study.

How do I get there?

Feed Bristol is located on the junction of Frenchay Park Rd and Stoke Lane in Stapleton, BS16 1HB. The entrance is by the traffic lights on Frenchay Park Road. You can easily find your way on Google Maps .

Please cycle or use public transport to visit the project if you can. See our map below for bus routes.

There is ample disabled and minibus parking on site. Please do not park on surrounding residential streets. During events, Begbrook Social Club opposite can be used.

Find out more

For latest news, visit our blog and Like us on Facebook 

For more information, please contact the Feed Bristol Project Manager, Matt Cracknell: matt.cracknell@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk , or call Feed Bristol: 0117 965 7086.

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