As a part of the Earth Champions Foundations New Intergenerational Peace Garden Project we hosted some of the Environment Agency (EA) team at Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol.
The Intergenerational Peace Garden Project will work with a diverse community group of younger and older people to design and create a Peace Garden at Windmill Hill City Farm. The project aims to enhance the area, share knowledge and skills and remove some of the barriers in communities between age groups.
Windmill Hill City Farm has very kindly given a plot of land for the Peace Garden. The plot is currently covered in grass and is mainly unused by visitors to the farm, so we hope through the project we can turn it into a beautiful community space for reflection, relaxation and enjoyment.
On the 20th of October 15 members of the EA and some of our Earth Champions and Community members came along for a day of gardening, learning new skills and listening to inspiring talks to launch the project.
Steve Sayers – Windmill Hill City Farm Director
The day started with a tour of Windmill hill City Farm and a bit of a history of the site from the Director. Windmill Hill City Farm has been on the site since 1976 when a group of local residents decided to put the inner city wasteland to good use and allow the local community to experience farming in the very heart of Bristol.
We learned that the farm has many different plots within it where schools, community groups, recovery groups and the public manage their own gardens and spaces to grow food, herbs, flowers and create places for biodiversity.
The farm also has various animals on site, cows, goats, sheep and donkeys all add to the vibrant atmosphere of the farm.
Once the tour was over we shared lunch together and listened to 6 very inspiring talks from some awarded Earth Champions, Community members and one of the EA Directors.
Inspiring people spoke about recycling, plastics in the sea, food waste reduction, community planting, the EA and reducing waste to landfill.
Earth Champions Talks
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The afternoon was split up into two parts, half of the group went to do weeding, composting and bulb planting at the Peace Garden site whilst the other half learned how to make Terrariums with Jar and Fern, little ecosystems inside glass jars.
Learning to make Terrariums
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After an hour the groups changed over and had a chance to take part in the other activity. The Peace Garden was improved dramatically by the gardening session, all of the weeds are now gone and beautiful Tulip, Daffodil, Bluebell, Crocus and Jonquil bulbs have been planted all ready to pop up in the spring.
Everyone also created their own beautiful Terrarium to take home – a little piece of nature to have in their own homes and to remind them to come back and help garden in Spring when we really start the Peace Garden in earnest!
The day was fund, engaging and interesting, one person even said it was the ‘best day at work ever’.
So a great big thank you from us to everyone who came along and took part!