Covid-19 response and fund

The current Covid-19 situation means that we need to run our programmes differently. We are delivering a coordinated response for BS13.

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Environment, education and people

We’re committed to making BS13 part of the conversation, and the solution to the climate emergency. 

With less than ten years to make Bristol a carbon-neutral city, we all need to play our part.  In July 2020, Heart of BS13 became part of a consortium of Climate Action Partners from across the city, funded to generate new thinking and leadership around the climate and environmental emergency. We are now beginning our journey, starting with inviting knowledgable partners and experts from across the city to collaborate with BS13 residents to think about how strategies for carbon reduction and biodiversity protection can improve health and bring new employment opportunities to the area. We are particularly excited to put young people at the front and centre of our approach in recognition that it is future generations who will need to lead and inspire our world into climate action and green economic activity.

Community Climate Action in BS13

Young people leading on environment and climate action in BS13: We think that young people in BS13 are critical to mobilising an intergenerational response to the climate emergency.  For this reason we are placing them front and centre of the co-production process that will inform how the wider community establishes it’s knowledge of current climate and environmental issues and, how it develops its practical and economic responses for future generations.

Developing the Roundhouse gardens: The Heart of BS13 roundhouse is an eco-space set at the bottom of the Dundry slopes.  After a series of community consultations looking at how to make the best use of the site, we are launching an ambitious set of plans that will transform the site into an environmental science hub where the whole community will be welcome and encouraged to get involved in environment and biodiversity protection activities.  We are delighted to announce that we were successful in securing funding from LiveWest, a leading South West housing provider.  This funding is going towards research, design and first phase planning costs which is now in progress.  Further fundraising is underway to cover phase two building costs. Check out this site for updates.

Sustainable fashion week, Autumn 2021:  Raising awareness about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment, and promoting alternatives to fast fashion, Heart of BS13 is working with the organisers of Bristol Sustainable Fashion Week to develop a range of family-inclusive activities such as clothes swaps, up-cycling and making workshops that will culminate in a wild and wonderful fashion show and exhibition in the Autumn of 2021.

Please contact Kirsty on 07591636490 or for more information.

Modular Gardening

In September 2019, Heart of BS13 went to visit Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin.  This urban growing space inspired us to think more about transportable (or modular) growing plots and whether a similar idea might work in BS13.

Since our return we’ve been planning a programme that will engage households, schools, and streets across the community, with the ideas of bio-diversity, plant care and environmental well-being.  We want to support people to become involved in growing and horticulture in a manageable and enjoyable way.  The modular programme will be part of our response to the call to action to Bristol citizens to help address the climate emergency.

By devising a zero waste project that encourages the planting of fast growing, beautiful and edible flora, we hope that people will experiment with the types of plants they can grow.  Our Roundhouse gardens will act as a template, inviting more people from the community to visit our site for advice and support for their own modular growing systems.



Help fund our modular garden work

Making BS13 Brilliant!

It’s never been more important for adults in BS13 to increase their options through vocational training and further education.

We support Heart of BS13 volunteers and apprentices with life-skills coaching, work experience and mentoring as well as identifying gaps in experience and skills. Working intensively with up to 12 volunteers and trainees a year and walking alongside each participant to role model, mentor and guide, our Be Brilliant approach supports and encourages new skills, behaviours and thinking to ensure that barriers and obstacles to opportunities can be overcome.


Heart of BS13

We’re open and we’re working hard to support BS13 during the pandemic.  Covid restrictions mean that you won’t be able to come to the Gatehouse but we’re reaching out through our food response, our climate action work and our talking therapies.  Our amazing garden team are still hard at work making sure that high quality, low cost produce is available to the community.  These are tough times, but we’re pulling together and we couldn’t do it without the support of volunteers and funders.  Thank you!