Uncover local green treasures across the area

August 03 2015

VARIOUS 'eco' installations will be popping up across the area this month, as local resident Chrissie Decker launches her Green Treasure Hunt.

VARIOUS 'eco' installations will be popping up across the area this month, as local resident Chrissie Decker launches her Green Treasure Hunt.

The trail, which starts on August 1, will include five pop-up 'street pockets' and ten hidden art works – all linked to the Bristol Green Capital themes: energy, food, nature, resources and transport.

Chrissie hopes that the treasure hunt will take locals on a “journey of discovery”, weaving around the green spaces and independent shopping streets.

The project is commissioned by the Bristol 2015 Neighbourhood Arts Programme, as part of the city being awarded Green Capital status.

Project facilitator, Chrissie, said: “[The trail] is to encourage residents to explore their local green treasures, to inspire people to try active travel and discover the most pleasant routes to get around.

“I am hoping that people discover something that can become part of their future daily life.”

One of the street pockets is created by artists at Room 212 gallery in Gloucester Road.

Owner, Sarah Thorp, has planted up a wheelbarrow, shopping trolley, BBQ, compost bins, table and chairs with vegetables and edible flowers.

This will be set up as an installation at the start of Gaston Lane – more commonly known as Donkey Lane or Dead Man's Lane – which runs along the top of Garden Hill Community Garden.

Sarah said: “The idea is to encourage people to grow their own, shop local, compost and generally think about the food on their tables.

“The installation will be decorated with illustrations and images by Room 212 artists, including tips and interesting facts about growing your own and the food we eat.”

Close by will also be a street pocket by Katcha Bilek who will be exhibiting upcycled bike creations, made with parts from Life Cycle UK.

To tie in with the launch of the treasure hunt, Room 212 will be hosting a 'Food For Thought' exhibition, where Hives and Herbals will bring along their live bee hive to set up outside the art gallery.

Room 212 will also be exhibiting work by food illustrator Tom Hovey, who painted the Shaun the Sheep outside Boston Tea Party in Gloucester Road.