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, community events, rent out raised beds to community groups and more!  Have a read of our latest news below.

See you in the garden!

Sunshine News from the Garden

July 4, 2016

Hi everyone!

Okay so we’ve had soggy days and the world may seem a little uncertain but here’s some sunshine news from the garden!
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Firstly a massive thanks to the lovely people of Bishopston Garden Society who last week dropped off an wonderfully unexpectedly and massively generous cheque for £800 raised at their open garden day!! Thank You!!
 
AND we had great news from the Local Small Grants Wellbeing fund from the council who are funding us to run some new inclusive adventure days for families with a child with special educational needs or a disability and their siblings.  These will be accessible, fun packed, days where you can bring your whole family for sensory trails, silly games, cooking on the fire, singing and music, pizza from the frog, and all sorts of garden loveliness. Just £5 per child!! Bargain!  Thursdays 28th July and 4th August 11pm-3pm and another date to be confirmed (but probably 18th August).  The days are aimed at 5-12 year olds but there are no age restrictions and everyone is welcome but booking is essential.  If you’re interested or you know a family who might like to come along please let them know and get them to give me a ring!  
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AND it’s summer so our Golden Adventure Days are back!  Running from 26th July- 30th August every Tuesday with a worldwide theme we’ll be building igloos, crossing sand dunes and trying not to be eaten by tigers!  Get in touch as soon as pos as booking is essential and these are going to be great. 10am-4pm ages 5-12  £26 including pizza from the frog!
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Our first tomato was ready last Weds – whoop!- and at the moment we’re harvesting tasty tayberries, strawberries, chard, beetroot, cabbages, peas, mangetout, potatoes, turnips, blackberries, spring onions, courgettes and loads of delicious stuff, heaps of flowers and all you have to do to get your hands on some delicious bounty is … come and be part of our garden every Weds 10-4 AND the fabulous Diane is opening up on some Saturdays – check out times and dates on our facebook page! 
 
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And of course the tods of the toddler group keep up their happy toddling and the kids of the afterschool Golden Club carry on making ever more elaborate dens. 
 
Ahhh the Golden Hill Community Garden! – where the sun is always shining…even when it rains! 
 
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See you in the garden!
 
Lucy
 
 
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
07506 905 394
ghcgarden@gmail.com
 
 

The fair! Fun! and the Get Growing Trail

May 19, 2016

Hi everyone,

Firstly… The fair! What a great day! nearly 800 folks (yes 800!) through the gate and we raised a whopping great £2100! Whoooop! Thank you everyone who came and enjoyed the punk badger, origami, clay sculpting, willow weaving, facepainting, plant buying, rat splating, cake and pizza munching, not falling in the pond and more! The weather was perfect a glorious sunny day- And I especially liked the downpour of rain that came at 4:10 – just when I was wondering if anyone was planning on going home 🙂

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Thank you every who came to make the day so lovely and a thousand thank you’s to everyone who helped on the day. You are amazing!

And we’ll be open again and selling more lovely plants (lots of our flowers and squashed ans pumpkins weren’t ready back for the fair due to the rather bracing spring we had). We’ll be opening again as part of the city wide Get Growing Trail! Saturday 4th June 11-3. We’ve got loads of different squash, tomatoes, aubergines, salads, and flowers and all sorts. Come and say hello and eat some cake. They’ll be pond dipping and the play house for the kids 🙂

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Our Tuesday after school Golden Club is now up and running and loads of fun. We’re full at the mo but we plan to run ALL year whatever the weather so please get in touch to get your small folk on the list for September and beyond. We pick up from Bishop Rd Primary School and provide snack, slug hunts, epic den building, fires and fun times!

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And no need to wait until next term… this half term Captain Claire and I will be back for a Golden Adventure day! Tuesday 31st May 10-4 £26 including pizza from the frog. Our theme is… birds – so we’ll be bug hunting for food, nest building and having a go at flying! Booking essential.

It been a busy few weeks and one of my favourite times of year – standing in the garden we can practically feel the plants growing around us as the soil warms up and the garden gets greener It’s a great time to come and get involved! And we’d love some more help with our lovely Golden Buds Toddler group if you’ve got a spare couple of hours on a Tuesday morning!

And we’re currently harvesting broad beans, rhubarb, spinach, chard, lettuce and even a bit of aspargus! Come and have a munch!

See you in the garden,

Lucy

P.S You’re receiving this email becasue you have at some point shown an interest in the Golden Hill Community Garden. Just let me know if you’d like to be taken off the list

Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
07506 905 394
ghcgarden@gmail.com

 

The Fair! It approaches! 1-4 Saturday!

May 5, 2016

Hi everyone!

 

The Fair!  It’s nearly here! I know you’re all coming but maybe someone you know is umming and ahhing about attending with their entire family and all their friends. If so please feel free to use this list of reasons to convince them
 
1. Festival circuit favourite Pip’s Jukebox will be playing and singing YOUR requests…for 20p!  Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid to Dr Dre and everything in between.
 
2. Pizza from the frog, Best Pizza in Bristol. Fact.
 
3. Ever admired the veg on our posters? Garlic Tony our designer will draw you… as a vegetable or fruit OF YOUR CHOICE! Get thinking.. what vegetable are you???
 
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4. Plants to buy!  Fruit bushes for a fiver!  Delicious heritage salad packs!  Purple mange tout!  Everlasting flowers! Bargains to be had!
 
5. Make origami!  Sculpt clay!  Weave a beautiful willow crown! Find a newt!
 
6. A choir!  Soul harmonies! Sing along classics! Beautiful folk! ….. THE PUNK BADGER!!!
 
7. The joy of being in the sunshine garden humming with life and laughter.
 
8. AND best of the best….. SPLAT THE RAT!! Yes. It’s true and quoits and giant jenga but…. SPLAT THE RAT! Woooooo!  
 
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You make our events lovely so please come we’d love to see you. Also there is still time to volunteer!  Donate plants or bake cakes or give some time on the day! Go waaaaan! We need you!
 
See you at the fair!

Spring! Golden Club! Art!

March 17, 2016

Hi everyone

Hooray for spring and the things of spring!  Each day new green seedling poke there heads and announce themselves to the world!  We’ve got lettuce, beetroot, cabbage, chillies, melons, tomatoes, peas and all sort of flowers showing their green faces in the polytunnels this week.  We’ve had some miserable Wednesdays of frost and floods and freezing winds this March but yesterday at last it was warm enough to start planting some stuff in the ground! Here’s to our fifth growing season and it’s a great time to get involved.
 
  

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Other exciting news is that we are now taking bookings for our latest venture the Golden Club. An afterschool club for year 1 to year 6 every Tuesday in term time!  It’ll run from 3:30 – 5:45 cost £8.75 and we’ll be picking up from Bishop Rd School.  It’ll be a joyous mix of outdoor fun –den building, nature exploring, veg growing, making, crafting, fire starting, and generally hooning around playing silly games.  Kids LOVE our adventure days and here’s a chance for them to come every week!  We’ll be running free tasters 12th, 19th and 26th April get in touch to book your place!  And we’ve just got our last couple of spots left for the adventure days in Easter 29th March and 5th April so get in touch to snaffle them up.
          
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But that’s not all!  On the 30th of March we’ll be starting a fab ceramics project with a wonderful local artist. Happening every Wednesday 1:30-2:30 in the Balehouse for get in touch or just come along if you’d like to find out more!  
 
AND a date for your diary – our lovely Spring Fair will be on the 7th May – write it on calendars now!  In pen!  And we’ll be happy to accept any and all donations for plants for our plant sale if you’ve over sow anything. In fact, why not chuck a couple of extra seeds in with us in mind!
 
See you in the garden!
 
Lucy
 
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
07506 905 394
 
 
 
 

Frogs, frogs, fun, tods, and frogs

February 29, 2016

Hi everyone

There’s lots and lots going in the garden at the moment- mainly…. SPRING!! Whooop!  and THE FROGS ARE BACK!

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There’s. So. Many. It honestly feels like a wonder of nature and I half expect David Attenborough to pop out from the undergrowth.  But they won’t hang around for ever! they’re here to mate before they head back to their allotment homes. So get yourself down here in the next couple of weeks and bask in the gentle and soothing sound of the croaking of hundreds of happy frogs.
 
Coming up as well in the Easter holiday we’ll be running our next Golden Adventure days 29th March and 5th April. It’s pirate themed but salty seadogs and landlubbers welcomed equally!  More of the usual games, crafts, games, pizza and silliness but with added ARRRRRRRs and maybe a parrot, and definitely a plank!  5-12 year olds £25 each and £20 for additional siblings including snacks and lunch.  Booking essential!  
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AND coming up next term we’re pleased to announce our newest venture!  a brand spanking new and exciting after school club – Golden Club!   Running every Tuesday picking up form Bishop Rd School and drop off for other schools. For Year 1 to year 6.  Loads more info to follow but we’ll be running 3 free taster sessions 12th, 19th, 26th April so get in touch to get names down for that! 
 
I’d like to give a special mention to the parents and toddlers of the Golden Buds toddler group who have carried on coming ALL winter through winds and rain and are now all officially ‘Tough Buds’!  Now it’ll just get warmer and more lovely!  We’re changing the times of our sessions so they’ll now run 9:30-11 and a new lunch time picnic session 11:30-1 with all the same fun activities but with more harvesting and eating!  Get in touch to get your name on the list or come to a free taster!
 
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Now it’s onwards and upwards to the warmer weather, seed sowing and growing, biscuit munching and chatting.  It’s a great time to get involved! And we’re back to our summer opening times 10-4 every Wednesday
 
See you in the garden!
 
Lucy
 
Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker
07506 905 394
 
ghcgarden@gmail.com
 
Please note I work Part time usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays