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Reclaim our urban gardens

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We tend to think of cities as being all about buildings and hard surfaces. But they're actually full of green spaces. From parks to gardens to roadsides, urban areas host an infinite number of places where nature can thrive.

Here in Bristol I love how people think of the whole city as a garden here. The city farm movement started here, and within a short radius you can find guerilla gardeners creating flower beds in neglected verges, foragers gathering wild garlic or council workers planting edible crops in Castle Park for passers-by to take home and cook.

Even the smallest space, like a balcony or windowsill, can be used to grow plants.

A potager garden can reflect your personality. You might want to grow your favourite fruit and vegetables, herbs for the kitchen or to mix your own remedies, or flowers to attract wildlife and brighten your surroundings.

Rest assured, there's an edible, ornamental plant for just about any situation....

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