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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Growing Local Food in Westbury and Henleaze

The dairy house at Blaise Castle Estate, in mi...Image via Wikipedia Know any land suitable for growing food on in the area?

The Council's Land Use Consultation comes to BS9 this month with an open event at Trinity Henleaze United Reform Church, Bradbury Hall on 20th September. Members of the public with an interest in seeing more land released for local food production are invited to drop in any time between 12.00 noon and 8.00 pm.

An identical event for Henbury & Southmead will run on September 27th at the Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead.

Information and opinions gleaned during this city-wide consultation will, apparently, help to inform decisions on land use in the city for the coming decades.

Here's my off-the-top-of-my head list of possible food growing sites in the area:

  • the Dairy Garden at Blaise Castle Estate
  • part of the Arnall Drive Open Space at Henbury
  • a corner of the field at Henbury School
  • the front garden at Elmlea Junior School and the back garden at the Infants' School
  • the grounds of the former Elmfield School on Greystoke Avenue
  • the hidden valley between Channell's Hill and Bowness Gardens (might be a bit steep?)
  • the small plot adjacent to the Westbury on Trym surgery
  • a slice of the Coombe Dingle Sports Centre field

Where have I missed?

For an introduction to the rationale of growing and consuming locally produced food, there's a short introductory article here.

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