Bitterne Park Growing Places

What if…Bitterne Park grew enough food to share? Or just had fun growing veg with the kids? In gardens, on balconies, on patios, in plastic bags, in big pots, in planters?

Transition Southampton have received a grant from Transition Bounce Forward and the People’s Lottery Community Fund to help people who live in Bitterne Park to grow food. Liz Batten, who lives locally, is hoping to get the project up and running before Spring arrives and would love to hear from anyone who would like to help get started. Ideas so far include small bursaries for groups of neighbours who want to grow food together and free starter seed kits for individual households. If you’d like to help Liz with getting the project going get in touch using the information below. A Zoom meeting is planned soon to introduce the project.

Thanks to Haskins Garden Centre and the Cultivation Streets charity, the project already has supplies of seeds to be distributed.

Get Involved, Get in Touch

We’re aiming to get as many people in Bitterne Park growing as possible so please get in touch, either using the form below or through our social groups.

We are also looking for people to help with organisation, seed distribution, and social media stuff so if you fancy that, drop us a message.

Our Goals

  • Provide communities with the seeds and information they need to grow their own food
  • Connect our communities through the shared joy of growing food
  • Hold a mini harvest festival in Bitterne Park to share our produce!

Inspiration

The project is inspired, by Transition Southampton’s Imagine Southampton, St Denys Front Gardens Plus group, and Rob Hopkins’ book: From what is to What If – Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want and also by Green Island Veg Economy on the Isle of Wight, whose creation by Holly Masden early in the pandemic envisaged a community growing enough food to share.

Thank You to our supporters

Thank you to Haskins Garden Centre and the Cultivation Streets charity for supplying seeds to be distributed.

Thank you to the Transition Bounce Forward Project and the People’s Lottery Community Fund for providing some funding to help get the project off the ground.