Community food growing project takes place in Begbrook this weekend
A COMMUNITY food-growing project is inviting people to its first wassail that takes place this weekend.
Feed Bristol was officially launched by Avon Wildlife Trust last June, and has since transformed the former market garden site on Frenchay Park Road in Begbrook.
The free celebration this Saturday includes the traditional wassail, with a children's music workshop, morris dancing and a ceilidh. There will be hot stew and mulled cider, and also bird box making for the site.
A wassail is a mid-winter festival held in apple orchards across the South West which incorporate noise, light and feasting. A good wassail will wake the orchards up from their winter slumbers to ensure a bumper harvest next autumn.
Community groups, schools, corporations and individuals have volunteered their time and adopted patches at Feed Bristol to grow organic food in a nature-friendly way. All food is donated, with volunteers receiving 'grow it' tokens.
It is part of a wider initiative run by Avon Wildlife Trust and other local wildlife trusts across the UK.
The Feed Bristol wassail, which runs from 11am to 4pm, includes Feed Bristol site tours, bird box making, a children's music workshop, hot stew and mulled cider, Bristol Morris Men and The Wassail ceremony.
Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol Project Officer Matt Cracknell said: "Feed Bristol is bringing people together to grow organic food in a nature-friendly way.
"The wassail is a great way to show people what has already been achieved and to celebrate the new growing season with lots of fun, dancing and noise."
Feed Bristol is supported by the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food Grant.
For further information visit avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/feedbristol.