Weeds in tin cans, pom poms on a bike – it must be Big Green Week

June 27 2014

GLOUCESTER Road Central "got growing" last month, as part of Bristol's Big Green Week.

GLOUCESTER Road Central "got growing" last month, as part of Bristol's Big Green Week.

The event, which ran from June 14-22, saw traders along the high street growing flowers in planters made from recycled objects outside their shops.

Many of the planters, such as the enamel bath outside Room 212 - donated by The Reclaimers shop - will be left on the pavement to brighten up the street for the rest of the year. Room 212 during BGW

Owner of Room 212, Sarah Thorp, used the festival as an excuse to create a garden on the pavement at the front of her shop.

She said: "I love pottering around in the garden, so Big Green Week inspired me to get growing out on the pavement.

"I've borrowed a planter from the Golden Hill Community allotments to grow lots of veggies. I pick a bit of lettuce for my lunchtime sandwich and I'm loving the curly kale."

To round off the week's event, the Golden Lion pub held a community festival on June 22 with live music and market stalls on Cambridge Road.

Other live music was on offer from celidah band Highly Strung at the Chimp House, and local musicians were invited to play up and down the street.

Moodles and Room 212 offered creative workshops using recycled materials, including making hedgehogs out of old books.

Children from Bishopston Beanstalks also spent a session planting flowering weeds in recycled tin cans, which were attached to a lamp post.

A mystery bike covered in green pom poms was also parked up on the street for a week.

Building on the success of Mayfest and Big Green Week, Gloucester Road Central plans to go even bigger, better and greener for next year, when Bristol is Green Capital for Europe.

Golden Lion Street Fest