Community garden plan for field in Fishponds

April 05 2021
Community garden plan for field in Fishponds

A CORNER of a Fishponds field could be transformed into a community garden if a new project wins support.

The triangular patch of land at Meadowsweet field, next to Snowdon Road allotments and behind the Bristol Metropolitan Academy all-weather sports pitch, is currently unmown meadow grass.

If the new scheme wins enough support and council backing, it could become home to a project to grow fruit and vegetables, teach about biodiversity and create a sensory garden to help children learn about the natural world.

The project is the idea of Bliss Hill, a Fishponds resident who was inspired to do something to help children connect with nature after the birth of her daughter Rosa, who is 20 months old.

Bliss is bringing her experience as a landscape gardener and of working on neighbourhood activities during lockdown to the project.

She originally aimed to make use of some land behind All Saints Church in Grove Road but when she contacted the church to enquire about the land, she found that it had already been sold to a developer.

By that stage Bliss says more than 100 people had expressed an interest in the idea, so she started looking for another piece of land and contacted the city council, which will decide whether to let the project use the land.

With a group of fellow residents she hopes to set up a Fishponds Community Garden, a community interest company which would be responsible for the upkeep of the garden.

Bliss said the garden would be open for anyone to access and could include an orchard and space for activities, including after-school clubs and therapy sessions.

She said: "It would be multi-generational, with raised beds which would be accessible for elderly and disabled people and children, to teach them about growing and help them learn about fruit and vegetables.

"Having a child and thinking about what future we are leaving for our children has been my real inspiration."

To gauge interest in the scheme, an online survey has been produced. It can be found here.

A meeting was due to be held as the Voice went to press involving some of the scheme's initial supporters.

More details of how to get involved were due to be made available after the meeting.

Picture: Bliss Hill with her partner Guy Dobson and daughter Rosa at the area which could become a new community garden