Going Local Going Green launches at Feed Bristol’s Land and Food Forum!

October 17 2015 the Land and Food Forum at Feed Bristol will see a workshop from Bristol based research group Going Local Going Green, who, in the wake of Bristol as European Green Capital 2015 are exploring what it means to truly go local and good green in the city of Bristol.

Join the group of 4 individuals, Tim Lawrence, Cai Dodds, Jo Barker and Holly Black to celebrate the halfway mark of a research project looking at what it means to go local and go green under 5 overarching themes: Nature, Land, Food, Health and Economy. At 12:15pm the group will discuss the year long project and explore questions such as: Could Jo and Holly source their food within a 100 mile radius? Can our local plants heal us? How can we as a city go local and go green? What challenges are we facing right now when it comes to eating locally?

From experiments including eating only within 100 miles of Bristol (a locavore diet), to living off the grid, looking at foraging and herbalism as tools for health to seeing how menstruation and urban farm animals affect our urban lives, the group meet once a month to conduct their Action Learning research and publish outputs on the Going Local Going Green blog, as well as with other organisations and publications. http://www.goinglocalgoinggreen.info/the-latest/.  

Mike Lloyd-Jones, a director at Sims Hills Shared Harvest said, “This project is a fascinating look into a group of Bristolians discovering what it means to go local and green in our city. From practical advice on how to get involved with projects, to the bigger ideological questions raised, there are loads of interesting local projects doing great work to show us what it truly means to be local.”

Holly Black, research participant said, “We want Going Local Going Green to shed insight into the way we can live our lives, and how we can hope to understand what it means to be green and sustainable within our amazing city. By conducting a 100-mile diet we are discovering new producers every day, and helping to support local farmers and growers by choosing with our forks.”

The Going Local Going Green team will be at the Land and Food Forum with a stand, local pickles, preserves and other food to taste and will be facilitating a workshop.


For further information or to send a journalist/ photographer to the event contact:
Holly Black – goinglocalgoinggreen@gmail.com - 07875 007 832


1. Land and Food forum 2015 - Resilience: Nourishing the human, Nourishing the earth, Saturday, 17/10/2015 - 11:00am - 5:00pm. Address: Feed Bristol, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1EL Bristol, United Kingdom. As part of Healthy Cities Week. Join in the conversation with Bristol Food Network and other growing projects to find ways to up-scale urban agriculture. There will be Discussions and workshops exploring the benefits and opportunities of nature based community connected agriculture, through three themes: Health and Well-being, Sustainable Enterprise and Resilience and empowerment The full programme can be found here: http://bristolgreencapital.org/events/land-and-food-forum-2015-resilience-nourishing-the-human-nourishing-the-earth/

2. Going Local Going Green is a year long journey of discovery of what it means to go local and go green by a small group of local residents passionate about being and inspiring others to be, agents of change in their communities and the city of Bristol.  The different backgrounds, motivations, skills, and experiences of the team members will bring colour, texture, and richness to what it means to go local and go green, encouraging others to explore their options and take steps toward making Bristol a better habitat to live in. Find out more here http://www.goinglocalgoinggreen.info/ or hear the latest from our blog here: http://www.goinglocalgoinggreen.info/the-latest/

3. Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a community supported agriculture scheme (CSA) which uses natural growing methods and permaculture principles to produce high quality veg for the people of Bristol. Sims Hill is in Frenchay, just two miles from Bristol city centre. Sims Hill is a Cooperative, and as such is owned and run by its members – each member has one share and one vote. Monthly fees, agreed annually by members, cover the cost of a share in the seasonal harvest and the running of the farm. The veg is fresh and seasonal, and there are opportunities for volunteering and taking part. http://simshill.co.uk/

4. Feed Bristol is Feed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trust's community food-growing project in Stapleton, Bristol. The project enables a wide diversity of people across Bristol to access and value the natural world through learning how to grow food using wildlife-friendly methods. http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/feedbristol