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 we received the news that Heart of BS13 and five other Bristol-based community organisations had been successful in a joint bid to the Climate Action Fund. Over the coming months we will be inviting knowledgable partners and experts from across the city to collaborate with BS13 residents of all ages to think about how strategies for carbon reduction and biodiversity protection can improve health and bring new employment opportunities to the area.

Community Climate Action in BS13

Developing the Roundhouse: The Heart of BS13 roundhouse is an eco-space set at the bottom of the Dundry slopes, surrounded by wildflower gardens. We have ambitious plans to transform the site into an environmental science hub where the whole community will be welcome and encouraged to get involved; a place where the link between environment and biodiversity protection, and healthy community is put into practice. We use engagement activities to reach across the local community (from schools, to residential settings, to individual households) and make sure that our other activities feed into activities on the site.

Loving our Environment Activities: raising awareness about the scale and impact of litter and plastic waste locally and globally and promoting local solutions. This will include activities such as junk modelling and up-cycling, a community litter pick and plastic packaging-free food demos.

Potting and Planting, Birds and Bees:  raising awareness about the causes and scale of biodiversity loss and promoting ways to increase biodiversity in our local community. This will include activities such as seed sowing, a ‘bug hotel’ build, and organic food growing.

Food Glorious Food – raising awareness about the scale and environmental impact of food waste and high-carbon footprint diets, and promoting food waste reduction, plant-based diets and seasonal eating. This will include activities such as food demos, promoting Love Food, Hate Waste, and showcasing local food producers and suppliers including our Kitchen Garden Enterprise..

Love your Clothes – raising awareness about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment, and promoting alternatives to fast fashion. This will include activities such as a community clothes swap, up-cycling and darning lessons, and promoting ways of accessing / donating second hand clothing.

Please contact Kirsty on 07591636490 or kirsty.hammond@heartofbs13.org.uk 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

Be Brilliant!

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

We’ll be supporting 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 will support and encourage new skills, behaviours and thinking to ensure that barriers and obstacles to opportunities can be overcome.

 

The Hive Workspace

We’re working with partners from across the city to deliver drop-in surgeries and support to BS13 residents experiencing fuel and financial hardship.  Available from 2-5pm Monday to Friday, the Hive workspace is used for groups and activities that benefit the local community.