Environment / Food

Vegetable planters appear in city centre

By katie button, Thursday Jun 6, 2019

Planters have been installed by volunteers as part of Volunteers’ Week, designed by Bristol City Centre BID (BCCBID) and supported by local charity Incredible Edible Bristol.

More than 30 wooden planters growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers are now in place throughout the city centre as part of a mission to deliver a #GreenerBristol.

Bristol is one of the first cities in the UK to install pavement planters growing free, fresh produce that also help to improve air quality.

Planters featured at various locations around the centre, including Colston Hall

The miniature gardens offer a sustainable alternative to traditional floral displays and restaurants, cafes and residents are encouraged to pick and use the produce as the plants flourish over the summer months.

The BCCBID has also commissioned a green infrastructure audit from Bristol-based environmental consultancy LUC. The audit will make recommendations to the organisation on opportunities for other environmental opportunities, helping to reduce air pollution, reducing surface water flooding and encouraging wildlife.

The planters have been installed in locations around the city centre, including Bristol Folk House, Broad Quay, Colston Hall and outside the Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Children’s Hospital.

The planters aim to encourage wildlife and make Bristol a ‘greener’ place

Keith Rundle, operations director at BCCBID says: “These fantastic urban planters enhance our streets and offer free and fresh produce for people to use.

“I am looking forward to being able to offer more of these opportunities in the future to benefit all those who work, visit, study, live and spend leisure time in the city centre.”

The public is encouraged to share images of the planters on social media, using the hashtag #GreenerBristol.

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