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1 Developing sustainable & resilient food systems models & strategies at a local level Localising the Food System: Bristol James Barke Joy Carey Independent Consultant Member of Bristol Food Policy Council Director of Bristol Food Network

2 Bristol and its food journey What localising means Let s explore Tools, mechanisms, practical examples About Bristol & its food journey What does localising mean? Urban food growing Reflections Our approach Some examples of what s happening Urban food production Reflections to share with Trondheim Let s explore

3 Bristol s food journey James Barke

4 Population: 421,300 in Bristol 1m in city region Bristol city & region Farms in city region: 860,928 ha farmland 23,000 holdings 50% <5ha Jobs: One in ten jobs in West of England is in the Food & Drink sector Health: 27,000 young people overweight

5 Bristol s food journey: (1997) (2004) (1998/ 2009) (2013) (2011) (2009) (2009)

6 James Barke Localising the food system

7 Who feeds Bristol Bristol? Towards a resilient food plan 2011 A research report by Joy Carey, (

8 Staples from city region Circular economy Cook from scratch Engaged citizens Diverse food retail

9 A whole food system approach Baseline data; strengths and vulnerabilities; positive planning powers

10 Food Retail Overview: 21% of Bristol food businesses are retailers but only a quarter sell staple food items Types of food retail: 7% supermarkets 17% butchers, bakers, fishmongers, delis, greengrocers 76% corner shops, convenience stores, petrol stations, newsagents etc. Specialist independent food retail: 180 shops owned by 140 businesses Dominated by the supermarkets; limited diversity

11 Local food supply Local trade: Only 3% city businesses visible cafes, independent shops Available within 50 mile radius: potatoes, milk & dairy products, beef, lamb, poultry and eggs. Not available: fruit, veg, wheat & cereals, pork. Markets: 39 across the city region Poor visibility & gaps in production

12 Urban food growing 485ha Council owned farms, smallholdings, allotments 4 City farms School & community gardens (70) Community orchards (10) Demonstration growing spaces in parks (new) Bristol s allotment plots could produce between 4% and 5% of the city s fruit and veg needs (199 ha) 2000 ha could supply 15% city s fruit & veg needs

13 Community food activity Community food growing Community cooking clubs Lunch clubs School cooking clubs School gardening clubs Food for Life schools

14 James Barke Tools, mechanisms, examples

15 Insert here background image Role of the Bristol Food Policy Council: Validating Influencing Connecting & communicating Creating visibility

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19 Food Waste: recycling and redistribution

20 Public sector food procurement and catering North Bristol NHS Trust: sustainable catering award for patient food

21 Helping to make local and regional food suppliers visible UK's largest alternative to sterling Buying groups & pop-up markets Growing the capacity of the local food system

22 Commercial Community enterprise Community gardens Allotments & GYO Scales & types of urban food growing

23 Allotments There are currently 108 allotment sites provided by Bristol city council, comprising 3851 plots (2015)

24 Community gardens Since opening in 2012, Feed Bristol has supported 5,500 disadvantaged people, 4,000 school children from 38 schools and over 110 different groups.

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26 The Community Farm

27 The Severn Project, Bristol 2015: temporary leases for urban agriculture

28 Developing new markets and a trusted brand for local food from the Bristol area Providing learning opportunities for food producers at different levels a certified course for Bristol growers Increasing production through land-matching & business support Increasing efficiencies for small scale food producers through shared resources, infrastructure and logistics Scaling up urban production

29 A few reflections to share

30 Land and planning: a major challenge to safeguard land for food

31 Involving more people from a wider diversity of communities across the city

32 Retaining & upgrading key (local) supply infrastructure

33 Working through partnerships Bristol Food Policy Council Bristol Food Network Bristol Green Capital Local Government National Health Service Businesses NGO s Education Institutions Voluntary Sector

34 Embedding & integrating food issues in city policy & strategy

35 Developing sustainable & resilient food systems models & strategies at a local level Thank you! James Barke Joy Carey Sustainable Food System Planning f3 local food consultants, UK

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