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?

What’s Involved?

It’s really simple. Choose what you like to eat, get the seeds (and potatoes and beans) and start growing! If you have room, grow extra veg to share. We’d like to hear how you get on – join in the fun by posting on our Facebook Group or emailing us on bitterneparkseeds[at]gmail.com.

Over 160 families and individuals have already started growing veg, so you’ll find plenty of pics, news and support as they share their progress.

Up Next: 8th May – The Great Big Seed/Plant Swap and Share Trail

On 8th May we’ll be holding a Great Big Seed/Plant Swap and Share Trail around Bitterne Park. It will be a chance to swap your seedlings, or surplus seeds – and also a chance to pick up extra plants and seeds for free. We’ll also give out sunflower seeds and wildflower seed bombs to share! Those who can’t get out and walk the trail can have a visit from the Milk Float! Just let us know where you are via social media and we’ll come to you with spare seeds and plants.

Here’s the map of the trail to help you find the 26 participating front gardens:

And then?

We’ve given out thousands of sunflower seeds this Spring. Later in the year we’ll be back to see how you got on and we’ll be giving out prizes too! More details will be posted in the near future.

And then?

We aim to celebrate all the growing, eating and sharing of food in a special Garden Show as part of TriFest community festival in August. We don’t know any more just yet, but are very much hoping this will happen. Fingers crossed!

Join a Group

If you would like to learn from other members of the community or have experience you would like to share, there are a few online groups you can join to ask questions, answer questions and just share your progress and experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to growing stuff, how do I get help?
Join our Facebook group and ask questions. YouTube and Google are also great places to ask questions.

Will the events be Covid safe?
Yes, we will follow the guidelines in force at the time of each event.

Get in touch – Any questions or want to get involved?

If you have ideas to share, questions to ask or are associated with a school or group that would like to work with us, 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.