Children were playing, adults were chilling, the sun was shining, deep conversations were happening, picnics were had, blossoms were starting to show, people were smiling... everyone was loving it!quote from a passerbyer who ventured in through the open gates
And now we're ready for more!
The next Super Saturdays for 2022 are:
Super Saturdays in St Werburghs are a joint community effort between St Werburghs Community Centre, Children's Scrapstore and St Werburghs City Farm, with each one of us offering free activities on the day.
So, what's on?
It's a series of Saturdays full of fun, activities and community, all around St Werburghs with something for everyone to enjoy:
- 9:30AM - 10:15AM, free dancing classes for children aged 3 - 6 years old at St Werburghs Community Centre
- 10:30AM - 12:30PM, arts, crafty fun and play for Primary school children and their families at Children's Scrapstore
- 12:00PM - 3:00PM, open afternoon at Boiling Wells Woodland, Food Forest and Conservation Site
Make sure to bring your own blanket, picnic and tea to enjoy by the fire at Boiling Wells from 12PM - 3PM.
But at the same time, many in Bristol aren't even aware of Boiling Wells' existence.
And during the weekends, we're either running events to fundraise or the site is booked for Green Woodland Weddings or private events that also fund the vital community programmes, activities and services that we deliver at St Werburghs City Farm.
Why are we opening the site to the public now?
Having done community consultation as part of our Equity Project several years ago, last year we worked along ten "advocates" with specific areas of interest to help us inform our long term strategy.
One of the outcomes of this process was that we needed to make our sites more accessible to the public as it is unclear which can be accessed or how to access them.
So far, it's led to some changes such as:
- opening up the Bee Garden and Picnic area to the public during our normal opening hours — 7 days a week, from 9AM to 5PM (during winter until 4PM)
- working on letting the public know about the Community Garden, open 24/7, 365 days a year
- making it more transparent about how to access our vital community services
- publishing rates and create a sliding scale to hire spaces at the City Farm such as classrooms, meeting rooms, the training kitchen, the Community Building, and even Boiling Wells
- amplifying the efforts of others who are campaigning for free and fair access to land throughout England for the wellbeing of people and planet, as well as addressing the roots and colonial truth of land inequality
So far, the outcomes have mostly been digital via our website and social media.
During the following months and the latter part of the year, we're looking forward to improving the City Farm's physical signage, and doing real life community outreach, to ensure the communities we intend to serve are aware of what we can offer.
This will allow us to ensure more people in Bristol know about how they can access these open green spaces, and benefit from the physical, mental and spiritual health improvements that come from being in nature, as we're nature too.
Reconnecting with nature, land, food and each other will help us undo the story of separation.
This story has led to seeing ourselves as independent from the natural world, which in turn has led to expropriating and exploiting nature and each other, instead of living in the awareness that we're all part of an interconnected web of life, and that are very existence depends on protecting our shared home, the natural environment.
So here we leave you with some photos from the first Super Saturday of Boiling Wells earlier this year, hoping you can pass on the word so that more can access this community gem.