Destination Bristol wanted to promote Bristol and what it stands for, especially for the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital year. They have informal green processes and policies internally which they hope to formalise as part of Go Green.
In order to show their green credentials more publicly they jokingly considered painting the building green but rejected this idea as it would not fit in with their Queen Square location. The idea of a garden then sprung to mind.
Eva Stuetzenberger, Retail Sector Development Manager for Destination Bristol remembered meeting Sara Venn from Incredible Edible before and thought she could transform the front of their building into a growing space.
“We have “green” on our agenda, not just in our communications but in our own front garden. We now have a nice garden with attractive plants instead of a concrete space, and we will later have a tasty little crop to spice up our lunch breaks”
The most important garden criteria was that it had to be low maintenance, so as not to be a chore to busy staff. Watering and very occasional weeding are all that is required, so no tools are needed. The garden was planted at the end of the autumn so it contains mostly hardy winter plants but will have some new additions in the spring. The main benefit of working with Incredible Edible was that it is a charity and money from the business garden build goes to help community groups across the city with their own growing projects.
Destination Bristol found the garden an affordable investment because it has been a wonderful conversation starter with visitors to their offices, perfectly achieving their aim of publicly demonstrating their green credentials.