Urban Public Gardens: challenges and opportunities

Edible Gardening Project

Based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and aims to teach people the skills and knowledge they need to grow their own food


Twitter link to @EdibleGarden1, a project based at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, helping people to grow their own vegetables. Support received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Growing the Social Role of Botanic Gardens – video

BGCI supports and encourages the commitment of botanic gardens to work with their local communities on common issues of social and environmental importance, for the enduring benefit of those communities, the gardens themselves, and towards a sustainable future for our planet.

Bristol Community Plant Collection – video

Working with nine diverse community groups, Bristol Zoo Gardens set up the first ever community plant collection. The community groups were trained to grow, maintain and harvest Calendula species in their allotments, schools, care home and residential centre. All groups contributed 10 Calendula plants to BZG who created a public display in the gardens.

Master Gardener

Garden Organic programme supporting local advice and growing food

Seeds of Change: A Floating Ballast Seed Garden

A permanent Ballast Seed Garden on Bristol’s Floating Harbour, populated with a variety of non-native plants, creating a living history of the city’s trade and maritime past.

Matt Davies’ Ballast seed sounds

The secret sounds of plants from the Ballast Seed Garden. Hear clicks, gurgles and more unusual noises as they respond to light and water recorded by sound artist Matt Davies.


Tools for assessing and managing community forests, providing urban forestry analysis and benefit assessment tools

The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)

TDAG brings together a pioneering group of individuals, professionals and organisations from wide ranging disciples in both the public and private sectors to increase awareness of the role of trees in the built environment.

Urban Pollinators Project

The Urban Pollinators project is researching insect pollinators in urban habitats in the UK. The project is funded under the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative and runs from 2011 until 2014. The project is led by the University of Bristol, with academic partners at the University of Reading, University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh.