Increase urban food production and distribution

Even though there is a perception that cities are congested and built up with limited green spaces, the truth is in fact there are plenty of suitable growing spaces. Our parks could have forage areas of fruit and nut trees, communities could plant orchards in their shared green spaces, there could be an expansion of allotments with links to community kitchens.

Within five years from now a connection with food growing could be the norm for the majority of the population. An innovative network of urban food producers could make effective use of a wide range of sites in and around the city. More market gardens could supply increasing volumes of fruit and vegetables to Bristol are being re-established. The potential to produce high cash-value products on land and rooftops in the city is significant.

»» Supporting local food producers is better for the environment – 42% of all lorries on the road are carrying food back and forth from distribution centres.

»» One third of Bristol is made up of planted spaces and waterways and 87% of residents live within 300 metres of a public green area (Green Capital Score Card)

»» Since 2011, Bristol’s annual ‘Get Growing Trail’ has enabled over 1000 people each year to visit over 30 community food growing projects across the city.