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!

Wreath making! It’s baaaaaaaack!

November 10, 2022

Wreath making!  We run this every year and we love it.  We love running it and folks love coming to it.  So snap up your place before  we sell out!  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.  The booking site is HERE. It’s takes about an hour  though it’s fine to take your time as long as you are done by 4.  We are taking bookings in half hour waves, so we’ll be starting the process again every half hour.

These days are always lovely and full of good cheer and lovely people all enjoying the process of making something beautiful and chatting and chirping along the way.  We’ve put our price up this year as we need to raise funds for the garden but I think we still are by far the cheapest wreath workshop in town! If you are low waged/in receipt of benefits then we have a lower cost option lower cost option.   I think we’ll also be doing wreath kits again for folks who can’t make it to us but please get in touch closer to the time to check.

Also we’ll have 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 OR if you can dehydrate an orange or two OR if you have a big tree with berries (holly or any red berries!) on in your garden or allotment  that you could give a haircut too that’d be fantastic.   Dogs on leads are welcome and so are children, and if younglings want to make their own wreath then it’s £12.50.   Under 13 year olds need to come along with an adult.

And let you leave you with some cheerful boasting about about our excellent loofah harvest!  It’s the second time we’ve managed to grow them to maturity  in our polytunnels and they definitely benefitted from the heatwave over summer.  When they grow they look like cucumbers and they are edible when young but leave them to get a mature as possible before the autumn damp rots them.  As they mature the insides get  tough and fibrous. The Wednesday volunteers peeled the skin, washed out the old flesh, saved the viable seeds and what were left with are these marvels!  We’ll be using them to do the washing up until next years’ harvest 🙂

See you in the garden!
Lucy

Lucy Mitchell (she/her)
Community Project Worker
07506 905 394
ghcgarden@gmail.com

HARVEST FAIR 24TH SEPTEMBER

September 15, 2022

Come one come all  to our Harvest Fair!  There will be apple pressing so bring apples if you have them and a 2l container to take juice away!  We have the fabulous Geoff demonstarting wood turning and selling his gorgeous wares.

We’ll have veg monster creation and pond dipping and giant games and the digging bed and a quiet sensory space and clay crafts for kids and MORE!!

As well as music from What the Folk?! Jez on guitar and singing from Heartwood Chorus.

And pizza fresh from the oven and tea and cake and all this while supporting our community garden!

Summer heat, summer veg and our Harvest Fair

August 18, 2022

Hi everyone

I hope you’re all having a great summer and have coped with the high temperatures and drought. We’ve definitely been feeling the heat in the garden and some Wednesdays have been too hot for our volunteers to get much done apart from sit in the shade and chat and try and stay hydrated! The garden is far too big for us to keep it all watered some lots of veg are smaller or later than normal but the volunteers have done heroic work keeping things looking great. A special shout out goes to weekend watering warriors who have kept our polytunnels watered and our seedlings alive.  Our melons, loofahs, cucumbers and tomatoes have been loving the weather!  And our new little pond has been both a joy to us it’s always full of life and a frequent drinking spot for birds, insects and -joy of joys!- we’ve even had a couple of frogs sheltering in the shade there.

  

Last winter we built replacement beds over in the old decking area (thanks Patrick!) and decided that a good use for them would be to grow food for Family Food Action at the Ardagh.  FFA is an innovative North Bristol charity working to mitigate and raise awareness of family food poverty. They collect donated food through a network of neighbourhood collectors (covering more than 50 streets). FFA volunteers then sort and deliver donations to 4 community organisations who work directly with families and children in areas of high deprivation.  If you’re local and don’t know about them then definitely look them up and see if your street is involved! We now collect surplus vegetables from the plotholders on our allotment site and we have had a really great response with piles of spuds, beans, green leaves and of course many many courgettes and marrows.  It’s not something that we’ve done before as their collection day is not on our volunteer day but with the current cost of living crisis it’s definitely feels like a time when if we can do more to help support folks who need it then we definitely should.

AND a date for your diaries!  We’ll be having our first Harvest Fair since 2019 on 
SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 1PM-4PM
Please come along for live music and pizza, there’ll be wood turning and apple pressing and drumming and vegetable monster making and a quieter sensory space and the usual delicious cakes!  And hopefully YOU!  We’d love some help!  Helping out at one of our events is a lovely way to get involved and help support the garden if you’re busy on a Wednesday – children are welcome to help out as well!  Please get in touch if you’re available to help for a couple of hours on the day or bake us a cake and especially if you are in a choir or band and could come and make some beautiful music for us!
We’ll also be open as part of the city wide Get Growing Trail on Sunday 17th September 11-1.  If you’d like to pop in and have a look around and a chat with our volunteers about what we get up to! And finally a pic of some blackberry stained happy children 🙂
See you in the garden
Lucy
ghcgarden@gmail.com
07560 905 394

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