June is when many of the city’s community growing spaces would normally open for Bristol’s Get Growing Trail. The sites taking part range from pocket veg beds on high streets or in public parks, to acres of productive fields. From miniature orchards tucked behind shops, to historic gardens, to working farms. 

This year Bristol Food Network has been showcasing some of the amazing growing sites around the city digitally, and groups have sent in ‘homemade’ short videos which we’ve stitched together into this short film. 

Growing has improved many aspects of mental health for the city’s citizens and helped us feel more peaceful and content and often better in the moment. As Jeff from Bridge Farm says, “Some of us have got really green fingers, some of us less so, but we’re all learning all the time from each other. The sense of well-being and self-empowerment you get from growing food, you cannot beat it!”

We can’t wait until we’re able to run the Get Growing Trail in person again – hopefully for a harvest-themed event later in 2021.