Entitled: an exhibition of work by women artists

Entitled is part of Art within the Cracks of Women’s Lives, a project which explores how women find the time and space for creative practice.

Women’s voices are central to the show. We reveal what we create when we find the time, be it in between loading the washing machine, dragging our kids through school, doing our paid work, cleaning our houses, caring for ageing parents or waiting until we find peace in retirement.

We discuss inequality in the world today and consider the changes during the past hundred years since we gained suffrage.

We consider how we are represented and how we are affected by the roles we are given that we know we didn’t ask for.

We look back at the creative work of past women and invite people to discover and share stories of lives and work we might not have heard of.

The show includes painting, prints, drawings, poems, films, magazines, archives, music and sound.

It’s all happening at Spike Island Open Studios 2018

Saturday 5th May

Sunday 6th May

  • 11.30-1pm Short film programme in Spike Associate Space
  • 1pm-5pm Entitled unit 60, mezzanine corridor

Monday 7th May

  • 11.30-1pm Short film programme in Spike Associate Space
  • 1pm-5pm Entitled unit 60, mezzanine corridor

The Artists:

3 awesome YouTubers to help you look and feel your best

Hey guys! Here are 3 awesome YouTubers that can help you look and feel your best.


This is Zoella, she is a British YouTuber whose blog is based around makeup and lifestyle. As a 15 year old girl my favourite thing about her blog is that it includes really helpful recommendations on what products to buy.


Zoella also finds amazing  Dupes. The dupe that is the best is probably the Revlon gloss lip bar (£7.99) and the Yves Saint Laurent sheen lipstick (£28.99), these lipsticks have practically the same formula and are almost identical in colour.

This is NikkieTutorials she is a American makeup YouTuber. Nikkie gives step-by-step make up tutorials that are so easy to follow. I trust her expertise because Nikkie has brought out her very own makeup line so I know she understands what makes a good product . She is sponsored by so many different kinds of famous makeup brands such as Too Face and Benefit, but despite this, she is very honest about all the products that she buys and tries. She normally has chit chat makeup tutorial videos.

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Fleur de Force is also another British YouTuber. She has a lovely open personality and gives great reviews! Here is a fun video called ‘YouTube made me buy it’.

Fleur is a very outgoing person with a very strong opinion. Some of her reviews are brutally honest, which could help determine whether or not you buy a product made by a certain company.




What we can all learn from Bristol’s Boaters

What we can all learn from Bristol’s Boaters

underfall yardI’m new to boats. Two months ago my partner and I got our hands on a lovely but neglected narrowboat. In my investigations into what boat life would be like, I was daunted by the constant repairs that boats demand. But this has been one of the best parts – it’s meant a change in lifestyle to ‘making do and mending’, and getting creative with re-use. There is a lot we can all learn from Bristol’s boat-dwellers, makers and fixers.

old tools at underfallUp until this point, my concept of ‘reclaiming and reusing’ materials was limited to trendy urban ‘up-cycling’ – where fairly useful things become stylish accessories. Boaters, on the other hand, will use rubbish to meet their most basic needs of shelter, warmth, staying afloat, not getting electrocuted etc. Here are some examples:

  • A beer can becomes a cover for a flue pipe so you can have heat in the winter
  • An old gas canister made into a stove
  • A broken ladder made into a gang-plank with some scrap aluminium

So the first thing I think we can all learn from Boaters is how to see the value in seemingly useless things. Not just in their ability to be turned into ashtrays or wallets or shoe-racks, but to realise that our lives can actually be supported by bits of rubbish if need be.

With our boat in the state it was in (dubbed ‘the Crusty Chrysalis’) everyone had an opinion on how something could be bodged, and could produce some evidence of how they’d elegantly avoided buying something new on their own boat.

“You gotta be a bit cute with things mind, on a boat”, I was advised by Peter from Oldbury as our boats bashed together in the swirling waters of a lock on the Kennet & Avon. He proceeded to show me  how he’d woven together strips of inner tube to fix his engine and control.

While Glen, from Dorset told me how he had swung by his local go-carting place to get their knackered tyres, used with old climbing rope as side fenders to preserve the hull.

To give you an extreme example: Before buying the boat, we went to get it checked out with the owner, Joe. Among other things, the surveyor predicted that we would inhale black smoke and die if the exhaust was not immediately replaced. Always suspicious of shelling out for new parts, after five minutes Joe presented us, beaming, with a ‘mended’ exhaust involving a bent paper clip and an empty strepsil packet, and we were on our way.

Now, I’m not saying that this was an ok long-term replacement (it really, really wasn’t), or recommending that anyone attempt to fix a life-threatening problem using detritus, but you’ve got to admire the creativity. I’m convinced that Joe is one of many undiscovered geniuses who have turned thrifty boat-bodging into an art-form-cum-competitive sport.

Joe was somewhat legendary in the marina because of his persistence at re-use. These kinds of stories have great milage at the pub. They’re more valuable to boaters than land lubbers because you’re always thinking about how you can manage to stay afloat, especially if you’re miles from a chandlery or have an old banger like ours. The lesson from our boat DIY holiday was clear: The more of an artful bodger you can be, the more rounds will be bought and the more friends you’ll have. Not to mention the more rounds you’ll be able to afford to buy.

copper conducterRe-use on waterways is not just to do with saving money or even for environmental reasons; it’s because (whether we realise it or not) sharing and re-using knowledge has social value – it makes you a great neighbour, friend, or lock-sharing companion. Not to mention it’s really satisfying.

But I don’t see a reason why we can’t practice this more regularly on dry land as well; with homes, bikes, clothes, gardens and more. Sure, people do it – but boat-life takes artful-bodging anecdotes to a whole new level – meeting basic needs as well as sharing knowledge and skills with each other.

I wanted to be involved in the Sharing Communities project to help create spaces in which we meet one another, hear each others’ stories of artful bodges and encounter each others’ creativity.

Since my trip I’ve been meeting Bristol’s own boat dwellers, menders and cruisers to find even more imaginative re-purposing of all kinds of items. We’ll be showcasing these at the Underfall Yard in September and October.

Come get inspired by the imaginative re-use here in Bristol, and meet others who love to tinker, bodge and mend! Boaters and landlubbers alike, see what tips you can pick up.

By Isobel Tarr

Island Life- a lesson in imaginative re-use

Island Life- a lesson in imaginative re-use

We had a great week on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, 28 miles west of Land’s End in Cornwall. It’s a tiny island with nothing to do except look at the sea and rocks, visit the many secluded beaches, swim, sail, eat and drink and weather watch. For an instant switch off from the stress of work you can’t beat it!

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But this trip has highlighted how inspiring the place and it’s people are when it comes to re-use, and because of Sharing Communities and my Bristol Re-use investigations, this trip I found myself thinking how much my attitude to waste has been influenced by coming here for the past 28 years.


Being accessible only by water (unless you’re Prince Charles who arrived by boat but left by helicopter from the meadows while we were there) means that islanders have to think carefully about imports and exports, and that includes waste, which has to be buried, burned or composted within the islands. Recycling has to be sent to the mainland.

beach plastic 033It’s a good job there’s a long culture of re-use and re-making. Some items excitingly arriving from cargo washed up on those wonderful secluded beaches. The most famous example is Beady Pool on Wingletang (yes, those are real names of real places) after a Dutch cargo ship was wrecked nearby in the 17th century.

I don’t think any ceramic beads have been found for the past few years, but it may be no co-incidence that St Agnes has produced several jewelry makers. Most well known is probably Fay Page with her beautiful silver shells, who has emigrated to St Martins, but more interesting in terms of re-use are Rebecca Smith who has created some glorious pieces from beach-combed glass and Emma Eberlein, who highlights the presence of plastic in our seas by creating jewellery using small treasures washed up around St Agnes. Emma also paints beautiful images of island wildlife, such as agapanthas, on driftwood.

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Aside from our scrappy old camping kitchen, pallets and other waste wood have been used to create furniture for homes and businesses throughout the island. Waste items have also been used to build boats and convert old buildings. And, of course, the cats needed a playstation!


Back home at Spike Island I’m looking for inspiration from our floating community. Examples are dotted all over the harbour and we are seeking stories and photographs to share with the public. In partnership with the Underfall Boatyard, sound designer Elizabeth Purnell and BLINK Giant Media we propose to turn the yard’s information kiosk about their ‘adaptive re-use’ renovation into an occassional ‘story-telling hut’ in September and October 2015. Banners will show examples of ingenious ways in which boaters have re-used- they often have to make-do and mend while afloat- and voices of re-users will emanate from the kiosk.

We’re also inviting you to make tiny boats from corks and waste wood from the yard for a magnificent mini-flotilla in the Autumn.


We hope to inspire land lubbers to re-make some broken stuff instead of buying new- pretend everything arrives and leaves your home by boat!

To find out more and get involved in any of our activities ‘like’ us on facebook or e-mail annahaydockwilson@icloud.com

Bristol Re-Use Network – so much more than ‘make do & mend’

Bristol Re-Use Network – so much more than ‘make do & mend’

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Food provided by Fareshare, otherwise destined for landfill!

It’s good to recycle your unwanted stuff but in spite of an increase in the city’s recycling, we are still sending ever more to landfill.

So, what is happening? Are we all having a mass de-clutter? Are cellars and lofts around the city being emptied as I write?

I suspect the real answer is that we’re simply buying more new things and not re-using what we already have. Re-use involves a fraction of the energy of recycling, which involves breaking down the item into raw materials and creating new items.

By far the best way to re-use if you really don’t want something anymore is to give it to a charity shop so they can make some money out of it’s re-use. Giving to friends or neighbours is also great. Keep it as local as possible. But, if like me you have that pile of things in your head, physically scattered around the house, that are just too worn, stained, broken damaged or strange to give away what hope is there?

Helen from Kecks demonstrates some of her skills with a t-shirt

Welcome to the Bristol Re-use Network, coordinated by Jessica Hodge from Resource Futures. I went along to an event last week and there were some amazing organisations and individuals who have been actively working on re-using a wide variety of everyday and not so every day objects. Here are a few of the network members I met

  • The Bristol Bike Project repair and relocate unwanted bicycles
  • Kecks Clothing upcycles clothing for women and men. Helen can make a bag from an old t-shirt in moments with no sewing!
  • Sew Bristol might just be the answer to what to do with my well loved, can’t throw away, clothing with its holes and ink stains!
  • Sofa Project collect unwanted furniture and resell it cheaply
  • Paper Arts opens up new opportunities for our community to make a living through creativity
  • Fare Share South West work with the food industry to minimise waste and redistribute food to people in need
  • Hands On Bristol is a collaboration between the Bristol School of Architecture, UWE and the community to enliven spaces
  • The Cloth Nappy Library pretty much does what it says on the tin
  • Baby Bank Network redistributes all that baby stuff that swamps us- how I wish they’d been around a few years ago!

There are many other, more well known members such as Bristol Textile Recyclers, Bristol Wood Recycling Project, Emmaus and The Childrens Scrapstore. Bristol Re-Use are investigating sites where lots of projects could be grouped together.  We could take our unwanted things, or rubbish, as an alternative to the dump, and even shop for ‘new’ things while we’re there. What a great idea!

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Planters made by Bristol Wood Recycling Project and assembled on Cumberland Piazza by community volunteers

Get in touch with Jessica if you run a re-use business, charity or project have some ideas about creative re-use or just want to find out more about re-use.

I was truly inspired and am germinating several ideas for projects, although I still haven’t found anyone to take my old jewelry! If you are an artist working with re-used materials or would like to, email me about some further opportunities.

We ‘HEART’ our Students

We ‘HEART’ our Students


Last weekend some lovely overseas postgrad students came down to the Cumberland Piazza in Hotwells to help Art Under the Flyover, an HCCA project, paint pillars. It’s the second time some of them have been. One couple live locally, and the first time they came along I immediately handed them an hour’s worth of paint brush washing, which they did with real kindness. I was delighted that they offered again and brought some friends.

Our neighbourhood has a huge student population and I occasionally hear some really negative things, like, ‘they’re transient, aren’t they?’, ‘they don’t care about the community’, ‘they just make loads of noise at night and leave their rubbish all over the street.’ Is this the whole story? Certainly not the case with Malin and Caleb, from Germany and the US, who painted pillars. Only here for a short time, they got involved and are helping improve our local environment. I totally ‘HEART’ them, as my Instagram-ing 5-yr old would say.

But there’s something more serious going on than Instagram ‘heart-ing’. The Bristol Big Give was set up in 2014, raising £180,000 for charity, supported by the UBU Get Green programme. The latest Big Give event was in march this year, in partnership with the British Heart Foundation. You may have seen the big red recycling points dotted around the neighbourhood. This is a wonderful example of students putting hearts and minds in to helping us re-use our ‘rubbish’ and raising money for charity.

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On Monday 8th of June, we were invited to the Bristol University Student Union to their Celebrating Volunteers event and we took along a map of the neighbourhood. The idea was to find out about their volunteering experiences by creating a key to our map using a variety of stickers. We asked them:

  • Did you borrow or lend a cup of sugar? How well did you get to know your neighbours?
  • Where did you find the household items you needed?
  • What did you get involved with locally?
  • Did you have any issues with re-use & recycling?
  • Would you consider swapping your skill for assets from your neighbours?

We found out that:

  • Many students found it hard to get to know the more permanent residents
  • There wasn’t enough household recycling facilities with the high density of rental properties
  • The secondhand and charity shops in Stokes Croft and on Gloucester Rd were great for buying stuff they needed
  • An area wide ‘pavement swap’ during freshers week in September would be a great idea

So, Sharing Communities is going to work with UBU Get Green to do an event in freshers week 2015 which introduces new students to information and ideas about how they can access items that their neighbours no longer need and can offer their skills to local residents.

When I was a student I lived all over London and did odd jobs for people like cleaning, nannying and gardening. I left college with no debt (those were the days of no fees- imagine!) and I got to know neighbours. My most regular gig was with Eileen Cooper, who encouraged and inspired me to study fine art, and who’s oldest son taught me everything I know about dealing with creative children of unique willpower!

I would cherish (and pay) a student to help me out- as a freelancer I can’t commit to a childminder, can’t afford a cleaner, but do need help sometimes! And perhaps my daughter could teach a student about managing unique and creative willpower in turn!

Let’s all ‘HEART’ our students and not just see them as a transient population, but as an integral part of our community, people we can share with, swap with and enjoy.


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Growing Together

Growing Together

Communal Gardens are good for the soul!

The Town Green

Growing food or flowers as part of a community has numerous health and social benefits for people of all ages. Many years ago I did a project with Age Concern in Waltham Forest and I will never forget the delight of the people I interviewed about their allotment communities. Opposite my old nursery school in Deptford committed locals transformed a dumping ground into a beautiful herb garden  and saved a small pocket of green space from encroaching development.

It’s not only good for our souls, but essential for our cities to have green spaces, attracting pollinators, absorbing carbon and giving us spaces to meet and create.

This weekend 6th & 7th June 2015, Bristol is home to the Get Growing Garden Trail where Bristol’s food growers open their gardens and community plots and in our neighbourhood CHIS have organised Green Squares and Secret Gardens giving us the opportunity to visit large private gardens.

Sharing Communities is aiming to put our neighbourhood on the food growing trail as well as highlight all the amazing community garden projects already happening, such as The Town Green in Cliftonwood (above) and Easter Garden near Blackboy Hill. There are so many local groups who are working on growing more produce. With the exception of a few streets, we have small gardens, though many people have allotments just over the river, so maximising the communal and ‘waste’ spaces is the way to grow!

On the Cumberland Piazza in Hotwells, the local community have been using sacks as planters for years, and have now installed some purpose built ones made by Bristol Wood Recycling Project. The Wild Place Project, part of Bristol Zoo, are working with HCCA for several months and are now growing native plants for the site ready for planting next month. HCCA is also building a rainwater harvesting devise on the roof of some disused toilets as the site has no plumbing. Many people would like to see food grown on the piazza, so the pollution levels will have to be tested.

The Incredible Edible Network is a national food growing support group and here in Bristol they are helping people develop food growing in underused spaces, so we’ll be talking to them, too.

Avon Wildlife Trust have mapped our city to show all the green spaces. Here’s our neighbourhood.

It would be fantastic to take a community wander from the Downs in the north to the harbour in the south and look at what has been done and what more we could do. We can stop at various places along the way for refreshments and a bit of creative planting and creating planters from all sorts of unlikely objects. We’ll also be sketching, painting and photographing plants and spaces with skills artists.

  • Are you a gardener or food grower or a garden-y artist?
  • Have you transformed a communal space?
  • Do you know if any waste spaces we could turn into communal growing spaces?
  • Do you have spare seeds or plants to share with others in your neighbourhood?

Please get in touch annahaydockwilson@icloud.com

Related Topics,  Stories Coming Soon:



Every Wednesday between mid-morning and mid-afternoon, Hotwells resident, Mike Timmins sets up FABRICation on the ground floor of the CREATE Centre. His aim is to share his experience of the textile industry and lifespans of textiles, highlighting environmental, economic and social aspect of production and waste.

Fabrication1 Mike says: ‘Producing and using textiles can have many effects on the environment, ranging from pollution from pesticide use on sheep to excessive use of water for growing fibres like cotton, and from producing scrap fabric during clothes manufacture to excessive transport of part-finished garments as they are sent round the world for different parts of their manufacture.’

‘The FABRICation initiative addresses many aspects of textile production, fibre use by manufacturers and end users, and eventual disposal. Emphasis is given to the sustainability agenda, but also described are some less-known textile terms, and examples of interesting or historic textiles displayed. The contents of the display boards will change from time to time.’

FABRICation is a live activity, with projects in progress using waste textiles to produce useful and attractive items. These projects include cushion covers, wall hangings, tea cosies and the like, and will vary each time that FABRICation is open.

The aim here is to raise awareness of sustainability matters in an enjoyable and creative way rather than have any appreciable effect on the vast amounts of textiles sent to landfill in the UK.’

When I went to visit Mike, as well as reading all the information on his beautiful display boards, I learned that if we don’t weather proof the fabrics we put in our black boxes they will end up in landfill. Apparently it’s expensive and wastes energy to dry the fabrics before (usually) shipping them overseas to be re-used or recycled. So, if those fabrics are unsuitable for charity shops, be careful with your weekly recycling- or let’s find a more local solution!

Pop in and have a chat with Mike. Activities will vary from week to week, so there will always be something different going on!

CREATE Environment Centre, Smeaton Road Bristol BS1 6XN

For further info view FABRICation’s Textile sustainability and Lifesteps FABRICation

T: 077 1234 2333 (Wednesdays), E: mwtimmins@gmail.com


Ten Steps Beyond the Line

Imagine if we literally took ten steps beyond a flood line. How much damage to homes and amenities could be prevented? In Bristol ten steps away from our tidal waters would make a massive difference. We don’t have the capacity to physically do this, but we can offer news of ten steps towards greater flood awareness and resilience. We hope you enjoy, join in and share!

HighWaterLine Bristol is an amazing international arts project, helping us to visualise and build resilience to flood risk


1 .Telling the HighWaterLine Story 

There are ideas brewing among some of our documenters about how to exhibit our wonderful photos, videos and audio and tell the story in new and exciting ways. Ideas include films long, short and 3D exhibitions, in community centres and galleries along the line. We also want to Bristol as a gallery with giant photos and messages about flood risk displayed on the outside buildings. We are seeking funding, sponsorship or in kind donations to make these projects happen!

Cumberland Piazza through river water by Rachel Mason
Cumberland Piazza through river water by Rachel Mason

In the meantime a UWE second year photography student, Rachel Mason, has been inspired by the line to create a unique story, ‘This photobook is my interpretation of the line, its connection to the land and my personal journey along it. With the feeling of being submerged underwater, my images carry on this conversation providing a different understanding of the purpose the line holds’.

 2. Uncovering Hidden waters- community flood defence idea

The wonderful folk of Ashton have plans to re-open the Colliters Brook below Greville Smyth Park. They used HighWaterLine to start talking about it and to meet UWE engineers to help them understand what was possible. “Re-opening Colliters Brook as it runs through Greville Smyth Park has many potential benefits. It could create a new habitat for wildlife and improve the appearance of the park, but more importantly it could also provide a sustainable drainage system that could help mitigate against the risk of flood caused by more frequent and intense periods of heavy rain. We’ve been making contacts with local people, Earthed, residents of Bower Ashton Terrace and the Boys Football club. We’ve also had a positive response back from Wessex Water about the possibility of opening the pumping stations for tours next year to coincide with our event in the park focusing on the possibility of re-opening Colliters Brook” Matt Symonds.

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Chalking Greville Smythe Park by Richard Clutterbuck

 3. Walking & Talking Brislington’s Flood History

In Brislington, volunteers uncovered so much local history and interesting stories that we didn’t manage to highlight all of them with the HighWaterLine, so Rob, Susan, Tony and Izzy are looking at the possibility of doing a history storytelling event about the 1968 floods, possibly in conjunction with Bristol Walking festival in May



4. Defending Hotwells & the City Centre

Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association AGM with Bristol City Council Flood risk team presented HighWaterLine and flood resilience measures in Hotwells on 18th November 2014 to an audience of nearly 50 people. What effects Hotwells impacts the centre of the city, and members of the public had many questions including why we drew the line where we did,  rumours of proposals for a barrage in the Avon and whether lowering the harbour level to increase capacity would increase current defences..

River reaching Avon crescent by Anna Wilson

5. Working with authorities about community engagement

Anna and Izzy have been enlisted to share the story of the project with the Environment Agency, both locally and nationally, in an effort to introduce new creative dimensions to their community engagement. We’re planning presentations and producing an evaluation based on feedback from participants, authorities, community organisations and the general public. We also continue to communicate with Bristol City Council Flood Risk Team and urge others to do the same.

6. Sharing with other communities at flood risk
Izzy and Anna are working with the global HighWaterLine coordinators on a community guide for inspiring others to do mark their own HighWaterLine, based on what we’ve learned in New York, Miami, Bristol and Philadelphia. The guide is designed to accompany training for communities.

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7. Ensuring a Future future for HighWaterLine Bristol

Some of our HWL community have come forward to help be part of a ‘core group’ who will look after and nurture steps beyond the line. We are having our first get together in January to discuss the future of community flood resilience in Bristol.IMG_9137

8.Increasing the HighWaterLine profile

Izzy was shortlisted as Bristol Green Volunteer Co-ordinator of the year by the Bristol Green Volunteer Awards!

A short film made by i say Raar for Invisible Dust, about HighWaterLine is now showing at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, attracting an international audience!

Greenwich by Paul Haydock-Wilson

9. Funding cities at risk- Resilient Miami gets huge grant

And talking of international, the community members behind HighWaterLine Miami just secured a grant to collaborate with other Miami groups to build community resiliency to extreme storms and sea-level rise fueled by climate change. Well done to them across the pond!

10. Linking with research projects

So many West Country universities are exploring flood resilience and climate change adaptation and some people involved in HighWaterLine are partnering some of these. A great example is Seila Fernández Arconada and Prof Thorsten Wagener of the Water and Environmental Engineering Research group with Land of the Sumer People. More, please!

Many voluntary hours have helped achieve these ten steps, but to continue to support these amazing volunteers, we are seeking funding and sponsorship

HighWaterLine is a project open to all! If you want to get involved, ask further questions or anything else relevant, e-mail hwlbristol@gmail.com.

The Peoples Plant Collection could help transform the Cumberland Piazza

Art Under the Flyover

14-Bespoke_TwitterCover_1500x500px_Bristol_V5Bristol Zoo and Bristol City Council approached HCCA last spring to become partners in this project. If they are successfull in raising this money, the Piazza will be transformed by planting and artworks. They have agreed to work closely with our community and respect and enhance the projects we are already planning, such as our skatespot and pilalr painting.

Bristol is up against four other cities across the UK in the Grow Wild competition. The winner will be decided by public vote and receives a Big Lottery Fund grant of £120K.  Bristol’s project, The People’s Plant Collection is all about transforming dull, abandoned areas into vibrant, colourful wild flower spaces that communities across our wonderful city can enjoy. You can read more about our campaign at: http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/grow-wild-bristol-needs-you.

National voting opens at 8am on 07/10/2014. We really need you to support our campaign and of course Vote Bristol.


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