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Bristol Needs You To Vote For Grow Wild

October 14, 2014

Bristol is up against four other sites across the UK in the Grow Wild Competition. The winner will be decided by public vote and receive a Big Lottery grant of £120,000. Bristol’s project The People’s Plant Collection is all about transforming dull, abandoned areas into vibrant, colourful, wild flower spaces that communities across this wonderful city can enjoy. Cumberland Piazza would be the ‘flagship’ site and benefit from a huge new investment to improve the space.  You can find out more and vote here.


The proposed site, Cumberland Basin, is in a beautiful historic part of the city that is the main entrance to the docks. The backdrop on one side is the lushly green Ashton Court Deer Park and on higher ground Leigh Woods clothes the Avon Gorge and surrounds the far side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The site contains the old bonded tobacco warehouses and already provides fabulous cycle paths which bring you into the Cumberland Basin from the city centre. On bike or on foot or by bus (with a gentle walk back) you pass the SS Great Britain and some great cafes and bars. Adventuring on from the proposed site in the other direction you can walk or cycle along the Avon Gorge under Brunel’s Suspension Bridge in unspoiled and dramatic scenery.

Mud Dock Warehouse

To encourage you to vote and because the bonded warehouses in the Cumberland Basin inspired our product Warehouse we will be giving a set of City Lights Warehouse away on December 1st. If you would like to be included in the draw please say and all names will go in a hat and be drawn by Helen and we will notify the lucky blogger by email.


It’s been very wet so no chance to garden either here or on the allotment. I am beginning to suspect my next plant passion might be gladioli. But because of the space they need this can only happen on the allotment and will be dependent on keeping the badger out. He dug up my attempts to grow them three years ago, but these beauties really make me want to try again.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2014 11:24 am

    Great project, I love wildflowers they really are my favourite 🙂

  2. October 16, 2014 5:25 pm

    Yes and it’s a fantastic open site perfect for a wild flower project.

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