In 2012, Avon Wildlife Trust took on an unused smallholding in the Stapleton area of Bristol, and volunteers and local groups transformed it into a community and food growing hub rich in wildlife, where people can reconnect with nature, learn new skills and improve their health and wellbeing. 

Our mission now for the project that has become ‘Grow Wilder’ is to bring about urgent action for the restoration of wildlife by educating, upskilling and empowering people, communities and businesses to bring about positive change through wildlife-friendly gardening and sustainable food growing.

In order to do this, we want to establish a new community space by introducing a new building to the site. This will help to engage and inspire more people, communities and businesses to actively support nature’s recovery.

Through demonstration, learning and events, Grow Wilder will be a hub from which we will seek to connect people with nature, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to restore and conserve natural habitats of all sizes across the Bristol area and further afield. Learn more about the project on our website and download our information pack.

We have a fantastic opportunity to secure £750,000 of funding through the Landfill Communities Fund for this project if we can first secure 10% through wider support. Help us get to £75,000 so we can unlock the rest. Then we can all soon benefit from what will be a nature rich, welcoming and beautiful, thriving wild space in the heart of our city.