Our work on exploring opportunities and barriers to urban agriculture is continuing into 2019 with consultations with key stakeholders in a sample of towns and cities across the UK. Whilst we don't have the answers, we are gaining valuable insights from key pioneers and practitioners, and we'll be developing models that might be replicated through peer to peer learning. One avenue of enquiry is to look at a potential urban agriculture support network.
Jeremy Iles, GFA Director said:
Food security, food growing skills and labour shortages are becoming increasingly urgent and important in the context of the combined impacts on UK food supplies of climate change and Brexit, and this project will contribute to a greater awareness and understanding of how urban agriculture can help meet these challenges.
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.
GFA 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:
Projects in the pipeline include:
We’ve had a busy few months and are looking forward to many more. Let us know if we can help you!
Over 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:
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).
Launch of the Horfield and District Allotments Association (HDAA) Community History Project 2017: Update
We 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.
01 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!
30 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...
16 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”.