In many ways Roots Community Gardening does what it says on the tin! We are a student-led volunteering group that aims to create and maintain green spaces both around the university campus and the wider Bristol area, by working with a range of community members.

We hold weekly sessions every Wednesday afternoon, though occasionally we do extra sessions on other days! Wherever possible we make everything we do commitment-free; volunteers do not need to sign-up to sessions in advance, commit to a certain number of sessions or be at a session for a certain length of time. We want volunteering with us to be as easy and fun as possible; Roots’ priority has always been student wellbeing, and allowing students to experience the mental and physical benefits that working outside brings, as well as just creating spaces for people to enjoy.

Some of our projects include working with Karen, a local resident, to maintain the communal beds in High Kingsdown housing estate, the development and maintenance of a rooftop garden in the Gynaecology department at St Michael’s Hospital, and working with the University of Bristol Estates team to create a number of wildflower patches around campus; one of our focuses is on the creation of pollinator habitats, and we were especially proud of the Rainbow Meadow we helped create in Royal Fort Garden.

We have a number of exciting upcoming projects in the works, and are always keen to meet new volunteers who want to join us! Email us to find out more or to collaborate: rootscgp@gmail.com