Welcome to Golden Hill Community Garden

 Welcome to our website!  We are a community garden in Horfield, Bristol (map here).  We are open every Wednesday 10-4 and welcome anyone and everyone to come and get involved, get growing, drink tea and share the harvest.  Our site is accessible including our toilet.

We also run a toddler group, kids’ playscheme, an afterschool club, community events, rent out raised beds to community groups and more!  Have a read of our latest news below.

See you in the garden!

The fair! Saturday 13th May! 1-4… and other fun things

April 28, 2017

Hi everyone

It’s all systems go at the community garden! Whether we’re basking in the sun or dodging the hail there’s lots to do. The polytunnels are HEAVING with happy healthy seedlings waiting for you to go out into the beds or be bought by you! 

The Spring Fair is just two weeks away and is going to be a corker! Saturday 13th May 1pm-4pm (please ignore posters where I put the wrong date! It’s def the 13th!) We’ve got some absolutely great live music lined up, loads ofplants for sale, Pigsty Morris will be doing their thing, the storytellers are ready to enchant, they’ll be LOADS of free kids’ activities and the perennial favourite and ultimate test of speed and skill… Bat the Rat!

​​This year we’re aiming to make our event as accessible as possible so our beautiful Balehouse will be a quiet sensory space which will have special quieter performances is for those who’d appreciate it. We’ve a super duper barefoot trail  and we’ll have a Fair Fairy on hand to give anyone who needs a little extra support.

SO we just need you! Our events rely on your help!  If you’ve got a spare hour or so on the day to bring along a cake or help on the day as a tea maker, pizza maker or to help on the plant stall – please please let me know! AND please help spread the word!  I’ve attached the poster below please print it out and put it up at your work!  At your child’s school or nursery!  In your window! Here’s the Facebook event link
 https://www.facebook.com/events/1874998862749928/  please tick going and invite ALL YOUR FRIENDS! (including those you’re not spoken to for 15 years) 
In other news, we’ve had some cracking stuff going on for families in the garden. The Sunday Club for families with a child/ren with a special education need or disability couldn’t have asked for a more glorious day.  A Golden Adventure Day highlight was watching the children flee from the giant eggs in our Easter egg hunt. And our family Inclusive day is now a blur of singing, pizza and smiles.

AND finally …We’ve still got a couple of spots in our Tuesday afterschool Golden Club where this week we munched on freshly picked pea shoots, watched newts, painted stones and the children got busy trapping themselves in a massive net. Great! Get on touch for a free taster session for anyone in year 1-6.

See you in the garden!
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker

07506 905 394


March 13, 2017

Hooray it’s spring! we’ve got seeds nosing their way up through compost in the polytunnels and bumble bees on the crocuses (crociii?). The pond is full of frogspawn and I can remember in our bones what summer feels like.  This is also the time when all the plans we’ve made kick into action.


Coming up we’ve lots of great stuff for families with a child/ren with SEND.  Thanks to the Quartet and John James Foundations and the Avon and Somerset Police we’ve got more inclusive Adventure Days planned as well as an exciting new Sunday Club!  Please let anyone you know who might be interested or let me know if you’d like to volunteer to help make these days especially special.
AND coming up as as well in the Easter holidays we’ve got our usual Golden Adventures Days where we’ll be going deep in the wild woods to live off our wits, make, craft, play, eat pizza and try not to be eaten by wolves. These days are always a hoot and are for 5-12 year old 11th and 18th April 10am-4pm £26 (£21 extra siblings) booking essential. 
Finally hats off to Pete and team for the Balehouse’s makeover, stepping inside is now like stepping inside a sun warmed daffodil.  Pictures don’t do it justice – you have to come and see it.  And a round of applause to the hardy team of volunteers who’ve spent the winter weeding, barrowing, chopping and chatting and cooking an array of delicious soups! Just great! Farewell to folks who’ve moved onto pastures new and we always ready to welcome new people along! Any Wednesday 10-4pm

So come join us as winter becomes spring, everything is springing into life and and you might even get on hands on one of our precious last winter leeks or be in time for some of the first juicy pink bit of rhubarb. Yum.
See you in the garden!
P.S Giant Big Spring Fair 13th May! Put it on your calendars!
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker

07506 905 394

November 17, 2016

H everyone!

Well!  Saturday night’s bonfire party was an absolute stonker!!  A massive thank you to everyone who came and brought their friends and family and helped us raise a whopping £1450, and a HUGE thank you to the Bishop Rd PTFA for organising the fireworks and a GIANT  thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard chopping, cooking, baking, mulling, guy making, fire building and all the rest. Just brilliant. Here’s  pic and you’ll just have imagine a crisp, cold, autumn night in the garden, the crescent moon low in the sky, mug of delicious soup in one hand, cup of scrumptious mulled apple juice in the other, lots of lovely folks and a great big bonfire.
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And sorry to bring up Christmas so soon after bonfire night but just a quick note to say wreath making will be back on the 3rd December so pop that on your calendar and tell all your friends!


And to finish… the latest pic in our exotic veg range 2016… yacón! The jury is still out on the taste – it’s not “like an underground pear” as we were promised but it’s supposed to sweeten up and maybe then it’ll more like “a cross between watermelon and mild celery”…. 
See you in the garden!

New season, new term.. HARVEST FAIR!!!

September 12, 2016

Ahhh farewell August!  It feels like just the other day we were munching our juicy and sweet polytunnel melon in the blazing sun ….
but now all eyes turn ahead with the turning season to the new term and …… THE HARVEST FAIR
It’s going to be ggggggreat!  We’ve got an amazing story teller coming along, Simon the pizza king will be working his magic, there’s a rumour that the punk badger will be there(…with a brass instrument but he works in mysterious ways so let’s wait and see) and I can conform that YES….. Splat the Rat will be back!  And cake, and apple bobbing, and making vegetable creatures, and the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G Pip’s Jukebox taking your requests and DIY facepainting, and more!
How are such wonders possible all in one place I hear you ask??? It’s because of our amazing team of fabulous volunteers… and you could be one of them!  Yes you!  WE NEED YOU! You’ll get a free cup of tea and piece of delicious cake and a lovely warm feeling from helping make this lovely day even more lovely! Please please please get in touch if you can spare some time on the day or bake us a cake or share our poster on your facebook wall or bring along everyone you know on the day!   
And our new term of Golden Buds stay and play group and our afterschool club started next week ! Still spaces in the 11:30 picnic session and it’s a great opportunity to learn the secret second verse of Incy Wincy Spider!

But before the Harvest Festival and the new term we’ve just got some time to smile fondly and reminisce about the Golden Adventure days and our inclusive families days which were just lovely.  Absolute highlights for me had to be either dipping freshly picked plums and raspberries into chocolate just melted on the fire.  Or hordes of children cheerfully picking off hordes of caterpillars before they could do too much damage to our broccoli – such sharp eye and tiny fingers!  
These days went better than we could have hoped, we loved running them, the volunteers loved helping at them and the kids and families all had a great time.  We’ll hopefully be running plenty more stuff like this in the future and thank you to the local Wellbeing Small Grants fund for making it possible and the SEND a Welcome parents for their support and guidance and Mike and Emma and Sarah and Eve and Linsdey for volunteering
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And it’s a great time to come along and get involved on a Wednesday – just pop along any week between 10-4 we’re harvesting loads at the moment!  Peas, kale, chard, potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, chillies, plums, apples, raspberries, radishes we might even unearth our precious precious carrots soon…and grapes! our first and only bunch (so far) happily munched this week.  Good times!
See you in the garden!

Summer! and the goings on of summer!

July 29, 2016

Hi everyone,

I know I always say this but we’ve had a great couple of weeks in the garden. The Golden Buds toddler group went out in glory with a teddy’s bears picnic, a MASSIVE potato harvest (honestly! such an amazing amount of potatoes off a couple of plants! such tiny green fingers!) and an unnecessarily hot fire on the hottest day of the year. I’m just sorting out booking for next term so get in touch!   And we’d love some more help, the new term starts 6th September and it’s just a couple of joyful hours a week!
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The Golden Club finished on a bang on the same scorching hot day with marshmallow fondue, water fights and next level pond dipping – i.e children dipping themselves in the pond.  It’s been a magnificent first couple of terms and we’re full for September but plan to run all year round so get in touch to get on the list! And if that sounds like fun… then why not come and help out?  We’d love more help and it’s only 3 hours and very very fun.  Term starts 6th Sept
And now it’s the summer holidays so that means Golden Adventure days for 5 to 12 years oldsand we’ve already been busy making cool stuff, starting fires, munching pizza and commuting on a time travelling turtle – and there’s spaces available on the 16th, 23rd and 30th August.  (and of course we’d love help making these as fun as possible- get in touch to come and volunteer!)
We ran our first Inclusive Family Adventure Day yesterday and ….. it was FANTASTIC!   17 children from 9 (mostly) local families sang, toasted snacks on the fire, played parachute games, made pizza, lazed in homemade hammocks and enjoyed the new and absolutely fabulous sensory trail built by our volunteers in the edible forest.  It was a joy or as one participant said “really, really, really amazing”.  We’ve got space next week on the 4th (but we’re full for the 18th) so get in touch if you have a child with additional needs or a disability . It’s just a £5! Bug thanks to the Bristol City Council BCR Well Being fund for giving us the cash to make this possible, and keep an eye out for the SEND a Welcome folks working to make the community accessible for everyone.  Also (you’ve guessed it!) we’d love some more help on these days!  4th and 18th of August – just 4 hours of your time or just the morning or the afternoon to help give these families a cracking time in the garden. Let me know!
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The garden is looking great!  The dragonflies are out on the pond, our new butterfly I.D sheets are being put to good use. Our beds are full of veg – purple beans! golden beetroot! black tomatoes! red potatoes! It’s been a great year for our veg.  Except the carrots. Don’t mention the carrots…  
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And we’re got a date for our Harvest Fair Saturday 17th September 1-4.  Please pop it on your diaries.  We always need more help! more music!  more cakes! and more idea to make our events lovely.  If you’d like to help organise it please let me know!  Apologies for the local clashes with other events.
AND finally a massive thanks to all the folks that make this possible! the amazing team of volunteers that get so much done, keep the garden looking amazing, and grow so much tasty stuff AND the folks that help out with our kids activities!! You know who you’re great!  And if it’s not clear above …. We’re always looking for more help so if you fancy helping any of the kids’ stuff this summer or with the new terms of the toddler groups or after school club then let me know!  It’s all lovely and many hands make light work!
See you in the garden!