SPACES WHERE FOOD GROWING IS TAKING PLACE
GREAT PROJECTS AROUND BRADFORD
Here are the projects and spaces where food growing is taking place in Bradford, that we know about so far. If you would like us to come and document your project or know about a project we really need to see, then please contact us or recommend us to them.
BCEP – Main areas of work are environmental education, supporting and encouraging local food growing, green space improvements, environmental play. Significant developments have taken place at their Wibsey Park Community Garden site. At Wibsey they aim to develop a financially and environmentally sustainable project promoting local healthy food production and providing ideas for sustainable living.
BCEP-Butterfly Soup deliver high quality forest school sessions to young people and children across the district.
BCEP-Urban Design Team A service dedicated to improve the physical and natural environment of Bradford through sustainable, environmentally friendly, creative and innovative design inspired by Community needs.
BEES- Ration Garden Bradford YMCA is commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One by exploring the YMCA’s involvement in the support of soldiers and people in Bradford in 1914. BEES is contributing to the project by helping to create a mobile Tea Hut and planting a Ration Garden at Culture Fusion.
Bradford Environmental Action Trust – BEAT
Forest of Bradford is an exciting initiative to increase woodland / tree cover throughout the district in partnership with its local community. The project was set up in 1998 with the aim of establishing 480 hectares of native woodland, equivalent to one million trees. Local schools, businesses, other organizations and individuals have helped develop and carry out the planting schemes.
2017 TREE PLANTING with BEAT
Edible Cities offer a range of specialist courses and services and also have plants for sale. More specifically they design forest gardens, edible landscapes using permaculture systems and low work solutions for growing in small areas. Offer their services to community groups and public green spaces etc.
Hirst Wood Regeneration Group was set up early in 2000 with the aim of improving facilities in the neighbourhood and building a sense of pride in our community.
As well as arranging summer activities for young people and canal trips for older residents who don’t get out much, we transformed the mucky area next to Hirst Lock into a pleasant garden and an area in the middle of the estate being used as a rubbish dump into a wild-flower orchard. And our most recent project, opened on 12 September 2015, turned a boggy, overgrown field next to Hirst Lock into a nature area that everyone can enjoy.
Horton Community Farm – Multifunctional permaculture approach to food growing with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Scheme) which issues shares of the produce and a veg box.
Horton Community Farm is based at Cecil Avenue allotments in Bradford, BD7. Transforming 1.75 acres of the underused Cecil Avenue Allotments into a thriving permaculture project for local food, environmental education and horticultural therapy. We aim to supply locally grown, fresh fruit and veg at prices accessible to all the local community.
Roots and Fruits at Thorpe Edge Community Project, the Rockwell Centre, Thorpe Edge, Springfield Community Gardens is the first publicly-funded permaculture project to be built in England on the edge of Holmewood. It has since evolved and continues to be sustained through its amazing work with people with learning differences; growing food and plants for the community.
The Anchor Project do some community growing including food growing, based at St. Clement’s Church.
Postal address 294A Barkerend Road Bradford BD3 9DF
Phone: 01274 743 054
The Cabbage club is a project managed by the people based at the North Dean Allotments in Keighley. It is open to everyone thanks to their sponsors, People’s health trust it is totally free. There a lot of interesting things to get involved in that will either help you to improve DIY and growing skills, or share them with your neighbours.
The Cabbage club divided the year into four seasons which will feature special activities for the time of year. Some of this will involve planting,growing and harvesting but there will be lots of extra fun for all the family at special themed events and workshops.The club runs every Tuesday and Thursday and everyone who comes gets a free lunch.
Contact name: Pip Gibson/ Jeff Bennett
Physical location of the project: Guardhouse Allotment
site, nearest postcode BD22 6QZ
Office address: Sue Belcher Community Centre, Bracken Bank, Keighley, BD22 7AF
Facebook: Pip Gibson
Twitter: Community Pip
The Cellar Trust offers a range of facilities for people recovering from Mental Health problems. Sadly our produce shop closed for the final time earlier this year, however we are now selling our fresh organic allotment vegetables via Shipley Health Store.
Farfield road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 4QP
Telephone: 01274 586474
Fax: 01274 532783
Those Plant People offer a range of horticultural Masterclasses, permaculture gardening methods and design techniques and garden consultancy service.
Sustainable Saltaire The Sustainable Saltaire Board want to create a Saltaire area where collaboration, innovation and a pioneering spirit support a vibrant community living and learning together, to ensure a sustainable future, both for the unique place and its people.
Thorpe Edge Community Centre The centre a key asset to the community of Thorpe Edge and surrounding areas. It is a multi- purpose facility situated in the middle of the estate. Activities run at the centre include : Computer classes, Healthwise – gentle exercise, Cook & Eat, Street Dance, Arts and Crafts, weekly Coffee Mornings, Line Dancing, Community lunches, community meetings, weight management, money management, health promotion events and activities, play projects, children’s parties and social functions.
Veg on the Edge (VotE) are a group of local people working together to explore and support opportunities for community food growing in Saltaire/Shipley.
We formed in 2012 with the original aim of transforming an unloved bit of wasteland behind Shipley Fire Station into a community food garden. Unfortunately due to due constraints over securing a lease for this site from Bradford Council, we are no longer able to pursue this project.
However in the meantime we have been busy trying to develop other projects. Since 2015 we have been working in association with Sustainable Saltaire to maintain the Sunday School Garden in the Caroline Street car park, Saltaire. During the growing season (April to October) we meet every Wednesday at 6pm at this site. We also meet here on the first Sunday of the month throughout the year at 11am. New pairs of hands are always welcome to come along and help tend the raised beds and plants in this space.
We are also continuing to explore further opportunities for community food growing in the area. Do get in touch if you are interested in taking part or helping us to develop these plans.
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Bradford Forest School Network is a group of individuals and organisations who wish to develop Forest Schools in Bradford district. Our mission is to promote Forest Schools in the district as an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on experiences in local woodlands.
The Network was formed in 2007 by a group of people and organisations who were interested in developing Forest Schools across the district. It has slowly expanded and currently has over 100 members. The Network is hosted by Bradford Community Environment Project, with everyone helping to deliver the mission.