<![CDATA[GREEN FUTURE ASSOCIATES - News 2020]]>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:04:25 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[News update]]>Wed, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/press-release-up-scaling-urban-agriculture-in-bristol-and-greater-manchesterPromoting Urban Agriculture in the UK - we are getting very positive responses to our consultations on developing an Urban Agriculture  Consortium with growing support and key partners. 
"This sounds absolutely fantastic"  ... "Just what is needed".

We held a meeting of partners and supporters in Birmingham on 4 December.  Subject to funding, we hope to launch the next phase in spring 2020. 

Upcoming dates: 
            March 4th - meeting Friends of the Earth, Birmingham
                                        Open Farm Network event, Birmingham
            March 5th - University of Lancaster - Rurban (urban agriculture workshop)
            March tbc  - Nottingham Urban Agriculture Symposium
 Recent events: 
           Jan 7th - Regionalwert finance model seminar, Bristol
           Jan 8th - Peoples Food Policy at the Oxford Real Farming Conference
           Jan 9th  - potential funding model for urban agriculture: Regionalwert, at ORFC
           Feb 5th - Hereford - sustainability workshop

​Researching green history - We are in discussion about an oral history project with Birmingham Friends of the Earth the Peoples History Museum (Manchester) and hope to approach the Heritage Lottery Fund soon. 

School for Social Entrepreneurs: the graduation took place at the end of September: we focused on climate change and doing something useful. 

<![CDATA[100th Anniversary leaflet released]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:06:47 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/100th-anniversary-leaflet-released
We've been helping to co-ordinate the 100th Anniversary community history project for the Horfield and District Allotments Association, Bristol.  It's been a fantastically interesting project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This leaflet has just been printed. We are now working on a more detailed booklet. 
​More details to follow.  ​
<![CDATA[May 2017 update]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 15:49:03 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/may-2017-updateGFA has just celebrated it's first 12 months - hurray!

We’ve been busy developing a mixed portfolio of funded projects and contract work over the past few months, some highlights of which include:

Urban Agriculture in Bristol and Manchester:
We are delighted to have been awarded a £59,200 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, for research into the potential of community and small-scale food producers to contribute to local food systems for these two cities. We are currently in the process of setting up this project, which will be delivered with partners Joy Carey and Katrin Hochberg of f3.

Other project work:
  • We are coordinating a fascinating 100th anniversary community history project for Horfield and District Allotments Association, which covers 450 allotment plots across 3 sites in Bristol. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it has already inspired a lot of local interest: see below and www.greenfuture.org.uk/hdaa
  • We are also providing advice on strategic fundraising and development to City to Sea, a Bristol based organisation campaigning against marine plastic pollution: see www.citytosea.org.uk
  • Working with Temple Group, a national environmental, planning and sustainability consultancy, we are assisting with the early-stage development of an academy to support research, development and knowledge-sharing in this field.
  • We have also been researching potential sites and legal structures for a green burial business near Bristol.
Projects in the pipeline include:
  •         Strengthening community engagement and food growing in Bristol parks and public spaces
  •         Fruit harvesting and processing in Bristol
  •         A food growing project for homeless people
  •         History and heritage of Bristol’s allotments
  •         Partnership project to celebrate 50 years of the environmental/green activism in the UK.
We’ve had a busy few months and are looking forward to many more. Let us know if we can help you!

<![CDATA[Update: Horfield and District Allotments Community History Project]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 14:47:11 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/update-horfield-and-district-allotments-community-history-projectOver the past few months, Jeremy has been coordinating a community history project to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Horfield and District Allotment Association, which covers 3 sites and 450 allotment plots in North Bristol.

Two drop-in sessions have been held to date, attracting over 50 people to sign up to submit stories, photographs and oral history recordings.  Our next step will be to set up some oral history sessions – more details of which will follow shortly.

Volunteers trawling the archives at Bristol Records Office have unearthed some fascinating facts, including:
  • In the early 1920s, shortly after the allotments were established, the sites stretched to 90 acres - this has now shrunk to its present size of 11 acres, over 3 sites.
  • The fields on which the allotments are sited were likely to have belonged to two  historic farms, Golden Hill Farm and Quabb Farm, both of which were lost to development during the 30s.
  • In 1891 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show visited Bristol - the showground subsequently became allotments,  and is now the home to the Memorial Rugby Ground. 
  • The allotment plots have been home to a number of different events over the years - one plot was used by a grandfather to grow his own tobacco, while another was the site of a marriage proposal many years ago!

The community history project was recently featured on BBC Radio Bristol: you can listen to this interview at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04z3xlg  (starts at 2hrs 48).

<![CDATA[Launch of the Horfield and District Allotments Association (HDAA) Community History Project 2017: Update]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:45:27 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/launch-of-the-horfield-and-district-allotments-association-hdaa-community-history-project-2017-updateWe are pleased to be launching this project on Saturday 22 April 2017, from 3pm-5pm at the Golden Hill Community Garden.  

Please drop in to share your personal memories, anecdotes and old photos with us: we'll be in the straw bale building, which can be accessed through the Monk Road allotment gates.

Alternatively, you can submit 200 words online at www.greenfuture.org.uk/hdaaform
Further information on the project can be found at www.greenfuture.org.uk/hdaa

We hope to see you there, or at our next event at the Spring Fair on Saturday 13 May 2017 at Golden Hill Community Garden.

<![CDATA[Launch of the Horfield and District Allotments Association (HDAA) Community History Project 2017]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:45:15 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/launch-of-the-horfield-and-district-allotments-association-hdaa-community-history-project-201701 March 2017

We are pleased to be working with HDAA to deliver their HLF-funded Community History Project, celebrating their 100th Anniversary.

​From March onwards the 450-plot site in  North Bristol will be collecting information, images and memories from plot-holders and local residents, from which will be created an online resource documenting the past century.

​Details about the project, including progress and initial resources, will be posted on our website at www.greenfuture.org.uk/hdaa. ​Please take a look at these pages for further information on the project, including  how to contribute information.

​We look forward to hearing from you! 

<![CDATA[End of 2016 update]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:18:30 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/update-for-2016-1730 December 2016

Following on from the successful completion of contracts for the  Big Lottery Fund and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, we have been busy at GFA developing some new projects focusing on the local food sector in Bristol and other key local authority areas. It's great to have the opportunity to work at a city-wide level - which is often more hands on than is possible when working nationally - and its been really enjoyable getting to know the  key organisations and practitioners better.

We have also started planning the delivery of a history project with a large allotments site in Bristol, supported by a recently approved Heritage Lottery Fund grant. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Horfield and District Allotment Association, we will be working with the  450-plot site to capture information, images and plot-holders memories for a new online resource: more information to follow on this in due course.    

And finally, we have been providing some support to a prospective green burial  business  - not necessarily an obvious area of work to be involved in, but nevertheless interesting and horizon-broadening! 

​We are looking forward to seeing what the new  year holds for us all...

<![CDATA[Community food funding and the Lottery]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:46:31 GMThttp://greenfuture.org.uk/news/community-food-funding-and-the-lottery16 December 2016

Jeremy has recently completed a consultancy project for the Big Lottery Fund, providing advice on potential funding streams around food. This covered all aspects of the food agenda - from food poverty to sustainable food systems; from community food growing to food celebrations.

​This was a really interesting piece of work to be involved in - after many years of working with the local food sector, it was rewarding to be invited to  advise on how best to support its future development, as well as being able to bring some of the more innovative and forward-looking projects to the table..  

​Jon Fox, Head of Policy and Learning at the Big Lottery Fund said: “Jeremy has helpfully brought his wide-range of experience and networks – and some useful challenges - to inform our thinking and conversations around the Fund’s future priorities and approach”.