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26 August 2015


Young people from Bristol developed the tree planting app, Democratree, during Young Rewired State festival at KWMC. We have been developing it further with them and are now piloting the app, available for android phones and on the website If you are interested in having your say on where trees should be planted in Bristol, be sure to plot a tree on the Democratree map, give it a name and write the story of why you want it. Be sure to vote on other people's trees, as the trees with the most votes get sent to Bristol's One Tree Per Child project who will look into planting them with Bristol City Council.
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30 June 2015

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Found this little guy (plus loads of his friends) feeding on ragwort in a front yard in Easton. After a bit of research I have found that he will turn into the cinnabar moth eventually.
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16 June 2015

Gardening for Bristol's Business Green Week

Staff at Knowle West Media Centre took part in lunchtime gardening for Tuesday's 'Act Local' for Business Green Week. Head gardener Jez showed everyone the ropes and instructed people as to what were weeds for removal and the names of the different plants. Staff who would never normally pick up a hoe came out in force for a good cause.

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4 June 2015

Plant your perennials!

Urban gardens are real lifesavers for bees. City homemakers rarely see the need to put pesticides in their window boxes or raised beds, due to their small size, meaning bees in urban areas are on the boom, unlike in the countryside where gardens are sometimes polluted by winds delivering poisons from industrial sized farms. Now is the perfect time to plant out your perennials to encourage pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Remember, where there are slugs and bugs and butterflies, there are birds and frogs and hedgehogs, so by encouraging the smaller insects into your garden you could end up with your very own living entertainment for summer evenings which means you can switch off Springwatch. KWMC's garden is in full bloom at the moment, but you don't need as much space as this to create your own oasis; a disused palette or just some shop bought pots or a hanging basket can provide ample space for some beautiful blooms. Don't forget, bees like blue, yellow and purple, but they cannot see red and they are warned off by black.
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27 May 2015

One Tree Per Child meeting at Ashton Court

Attended a partnership meeting for the Mayor's One Tree Per Child scheme today at Ashton Court. A beautiful setting, perfect for imagining the 35,000 trees that will be planted for Bristol's primary school children. Have a look at KWMC's new app Democratree to suggest a place for a tree to be planted or to vote on others that have been suggested.
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1 April 2015

the allotments from space

this is a couple of years old as you can see the sheep in the field we are having an open day tomorrow the 2nd of April from 11 am come see what we do spring field allotments Knowle Bristol just off Andover road there will be bread making in our clay oven bbq egg hunt wood working ,and lots more come see our chickens as well see you there
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8 March 2015

Christmas tree's finally gone:)

And Iitter bins makes great plant pots!
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6 March 2015

Just some off our volunteers having fun

as you can see we cater for all ages at Springfield allotments lets grow project this is just some of our volunteers having fun from riding in the barrow or meeting the chickens to planting some onions if this looks like some thing you might find intresting the on the 2nd of April from 10,until 2 we will be having our Easter event come see what we do,see you there
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10 June 2014

Get Growing Trail - Knowle West

Over 65 people came to Andy's Haven Nursery at the Park this weekend. Highlights included the new baby chicks, petting the three goats and feeding the hens. Luckily the rain held off! Here are some of the visitors having a great time.
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13 May 2014

growing herbs

I have various herbs growing in my garden, it is absolutely brilliant knowing that we don't need to stock up because its right in our back garden! And as always, a meal always tastes better with homegrown produce! Knowing there are no pesticides or preservatives on them makes it so much easier.
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