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.

If you’d like to come for a look around  and maybe get involved please come at either 12 or 2:30 on your first session on ANY Wednesday and after that you can drop in when you like. No need  to let us know you are coming – come in by the second gate  down the lane behind Horfield the prison wallls.

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 BIG SPRING FAIR!!….. IT’S HERE!!!

May 13, 2022

Hi everyone

THE SPRING FAIR!!! IT’S HERE!!! You’re no doubt already planning to come but if you need a bit of convincing let me what we have going on and the many many reasons that you should come and bring everyone you know.  And if you’re busy…. send along your friends and family and why not give next door a knock to make sure they’re coming as well?!

You can expect live music from not one but TWO choirs AND and morris dancing from the excellent Pigsty Morris AND music from the epic What the Folks?! As well as spellbinding tales told by our storyteller.  We’ve got helps of plants to sell at great prices including veg, flowers, herbs and house plants and our fabulous volunteers on hand to give some advice about how to grow them!

We’ve got heaps going on for kids (and the young at heart!) including pond dipping, origami, face painting, crown making and a massive junk drumming work shop – ALL FREE!! And also grown ups who fancy a bit of creativity you’ve not been forgotten – you can weave willow to make yourself a May crown or get involved with the ever fabulous Sheena Vallely’s art workshop to transform our shed!

Our site is wheelchair accessible, including the toilet and we’ll have a play worker in our lovely cool straw bale building making sure that there is a quiet space and sensory haven for anyone that would like it.

The entry price is tiered adults £4/£2, children £2/£1 or so dig deep if you can or just come along and pay what you can! And we don’t have a card machines so please bring cash and if you brought your own cup as well that’d be grand.

See you at the fair

Lucy

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

Spring! and THE FAIR!!

May 5, 2022

Hi everyone

Hope you’ve been having a lovely spring!  It’s a great time to be in the garden  We’ve some great dry Wednesdays, and the volunteers have got a lot done and everything is looking great.  The new raised beds the on farside are finished and fantastic, everything is getting planted out and lots has been fixed, tidied, painted, planted and labelled ready for the new season and ready to have YOU along to our Big Spring Fair next week!

It’s our first spring fair and big fundraiser in 3 years so I hope you can make it!  It’s  1pm-4pm Saturday 14th May and you can expect live music, choirs and morris dancing, loads of free activities for children AND grown ups, a lovely big plant sale, delicious pizza fresh from the oven and cakes and a great time.  There’ll be an indoor quiet sensory play space and our site and toilet are wheelchair accessible.  So please come along and tell your friends!

The entry price is tiered adults £4/£2, children £2/£1 or just come along and pay what you can! And we don’t have a card machines so please bring cash and if you brought your own cup as well that’d be grand.

And if you have any spare plants to donate – FAB! or if you can bake us a cake that’d be brilliant!  Or if you have any time to help on the day you’d be very very welcome. Just let me know 🙂

AND our new pond is an absolute beaut!  You can cone and admire it at the fair.  We are all in love with it – also so are all the local birds! On Tuesday I counted 7 in there at once from a fledgling blackbird to a long tail tit, all enjoying a flappy bath and a drink. Sometime the crows pop down for a good dunk  – in and out and up in a tree to shake off and have a good preen.  The tadpoles are long gone but hey ho – turns out the wildlife had a different plan.

See you in the garden!

Lucy

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

 

Wreath making! 27th November Starting from 10..

November 16, 2021

Hi everyone
It’s time to get ready for our next event…the ever popular
Wreath Making Saturday 27th November!
We’re taking bookings again so we can limit the number of folks in the garden at any time and you can book your places HERE.
  

It’s a fun and informal session and you’ll be shown how to weave a hoop out of willow and then decorate it with glorious winter foliage.  We have secateurs and gloves but please bring your own if you have some.  Also we’ll have heaps and heaps of lovely winter foliage but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you have a garden with nice berry bits, or evergreen branches, or pretty twiddly ivy, or see any on your way that is available then please bring a bag along so it’ll just make the day more lovely for everyone

Dogs on leads are welcome and so are children, and if under 16s want to make their own wreath then it’s just £7.50 but they need to be booked on.  It should take about an hour and every wreath is unique and gorgeous. The session is a week earlier than normal (because of my bro getting married) but by the end of the workshop you’ll be confident in adding extra bits of greenery if you needed them to keep your wreath looking lovely for weeks.

Last year we made up wreath kits for folks who couldn’t make it to a session – i.e all the willow, foliage, ribbon and bits and bobs you need to make a wreath at home. I’ll do this again for £10 if we’ve got enough willow and there’s enough interest so let me know if that would work better for you.

  
Thanks to everyone who came to the bonfire! It was a lovely event with a gurt big fire and the Bish Rd fireworks were spectacular and it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves AND as I keep getting told THE SAMOSAS WERE DELCIOUS. We can’t take credit for them they are from the  mighty Jeevan’s Sweets down on Stapleton Rd and I strongly recommend a visit!  We had a great team of volunteers on the night ensuring that our first event in 2 years ran smoothly.  We took over £1500 which is fantastic and it’s going  go to with a donation from our dear old friend Hugh to pay for the new timber we need to build our new accessible beds on the old decking area and pay for the all the planks we need to fix all the broken or crumbling veg beds in the garden.
See you in the garden!

Lucy

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

We’ve got a Facebook page if you’d like more regular updates and pics

BONFIRE NIGHT 6TH NOV – TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

October 25, 2021

Hi folks

I’ve got some exciting garden news – we are going ahead with our first event in aaaaggees!  We’ll  be having our ….

Bonfire and Fundraiser on Saturday 6th November 6-7:30pm!

And it’d would be great if you could come along!  We’ll be selling scrumptious cake and delicious samosas as well as mulled apple juice and cider.  And we will of course be in the perfect place to watch Bishop Rd School’s amazing firework display.  (Don’t worry, the lovely people over there  know that we run this little event alongside theirs and they don’t mind – in fact one of the organisers said they like knowing that we’re here over the hedge loving it!) 

 

This year will are selling tickets in advance and you can buy them HERE

This is so we can make sure we limit the number and give people plenty of space and also to answer concerns of parents who’ve  been turned away in previous years when we’ve filled up very quickly.  The tickets cost £1, 3, or  £5.  We really need to raise some money as we haven’t been able to have any events for so long!   so please dig deep and  buy the more expensive ticket if you can!  but we don’t want to turn anyone away due to lack of funds so ther are still £1 tickets available.

We’ll be selling hot drinks, mulled cider, samosas and cakes please bring cash as we can’t take cards.

If we haven’t sold out we will be selling tickets on the gate but check here on or facebook to make sure before you come along.

See you by the bonfire, under the night sky:)

 

Lucy

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

Mushrooms and more

August 23, 2021

Hi everyone

How are you doing? Things are ticking along here just fine here.  Some exciting news from the garden is that we have grown our first wine cap mushrooms! After inoculating a bed of woodchip 4 months ago (with spawn from fab local business Upcycled Mushrooms) and keeping it damp with the run off from our sink the first fungal wonders popped up last week. The woodlice are very much enjoying them as well but I can confirm the one I took home was delicious and tasted nutty and potato-ey.  Now as long as we keep feeding the mushroom mycelium more woodchip it should keep fruiting every year also we can just take a shovel load of the colonised woodchip and start new beds –  until we have delicious mushrooms everywhere! AND as the fungus breaks down the woodchips they release their nutrients and feed the soil. WOW!  Gardening is a thing you can do for years and years and there’s always new and exciting stuff to try and grow.

Summer in the garden has also been the usual whirlwind of kids’ activities as we run our holiday clubs as and family adventure days with children with SEN and their siblings.  We’ve had some brilliant sessions making pea shooters, hammering, drilling, baking, making jam, juicing, climbing, creating, singing, dancing, engineering,  harvesting., cooking and hanging out in homemade hammocks  in the shade. The garden is quite overgrown in places and quite wild in places which is perfect for adventure.  Also the edible forest trees are so mature enough that the children can cheerfully disappear into the green and make dens and munch berries. Lush..
It’s been great to have new volunteers joining and new faces round the table on a Wednesday.  If you’d like to come along – please do!!  No experience is necessary and no need to bring anything except yourself. You don’t need to come every week or stay all day so you can fit volunteering around your energy levels and other commitments.  And if you someone you know is looking for something lovely to do on a Wednesday please let them know!  New folks are welcome to drop in 12 or 2:30 when you can have a tour and quick induction and after that it’s drop in between 10-4..

AND finally I’m sad (but also a bit relieved) to say we are cancelling our Harvest Fair but very much hope to be back with a bang for our annual Bonfire Night TBC

See you in the garden, hopefully sometime soon!

Lucy

07506 905 394
ghcgarden@gmail.com