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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > August 2018 > BEE FRIENDLY IN BRISTOL


A site bustling with plot-holders and bees was the sight that greeted Steve Neal when he visited Bower Ashton Allotments
Anna Lowther Harris clearing her plot.

The first things that hit you when you step inside Bower Ashton Allotments in Bristol are the flowers. Every plot seems to go for something in the floral line, whether it’s towering hollyhocks, golden achilleas, the gladioli for cut flowers in formal rows or the can-be-poisonous corn cockle aka the ‘bastard nigella’.

The veg is still there and there is also a proliferation of fruit trees – pear, plum, greengage, apples – with at least one on every plot, but it’s the flowers that stand out.

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