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Growing a better world: Poppy Okotcha

Thursday 24 November 2022 at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Poppy Okotcha smiling and holding a basket of apples.LECTURE VENUE: ANSON ROOMS., Queens Road, Clifton.

This special lecture for the autumn is a collaboration between University of Bristol Student Union and the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

Poppy Okotcha is an ecological home grower, working to inspire reconnection to land and living world. In this talk Poppy will explore the benefits of home scale ecological food growing. From soil health to gut health, food sovereignty, community empowerment and mental health, connecting with our gardens has proven benefits for mind, body and the environments around us.

“Human wellbeing is totally connected to that of the Earth’s soils, ecosystems and the whole planet at large because we are nature. I find understanding where our food comes from offers the fastest route into grasping a truly symbiotic relationship with nature, a necessary shift in our time.”

Gardens in Britain cover an estimated 10 million acres, an area greater than all of our nature reserves combined and just under half the utilised agricultural land. As isolated islands, our gardens may be small, but when viewed en masse they become a patchwork quilt of opportunity.

A former model, horticulturist Poppy Okotcha is now creating her own edible and medicinal garden at her home in Devon. She regularly posts on Instagram, inspiring her followers to learn about how to grow and forage their own food whilst encouraging us all to connect to the natural world.

Poppy has appeared on BBC Gardeners’ World and is a regular contributor to the Royal Horticultural Society podcastand Channel 4 The Great Garden Revolution.

Students, UoB Staff and Friends of the Botanic Garden can book for free, but will be required to show proof of eligibility on entry.

Standard Tickets cost £12 each.

Book your place

Booking is essential. Book your place using the University online shop.

You will need to register your details. You will only be charged once you have confirmed your booking.

Enrolment will close 2 days before the start of the course. We only accept online bookings.

If you’re a University of Bristol student, click here for tickets.

Contact us

If you have any questions contact us at or call 0117 42 82041


Thursday 24 November 2022
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm


The Anson Rooms
Richmond Building, University of Bristol, 105 Queens Rd,
Bristol, BS8 1LN
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