On March 1st the “Beast from the East” met Storm Emma and snow swept across the whole of the South West and hit Bristol. This was the heaviest snow to fall on Bristol for some years. Our allotment sites, like the rest of the City, were covered with snow as temperatures plummeted – the air temperatures were down to -3°C but the wind chill factor made it feel like -7°C or worse.
Fortunately the cold snap was short-lived and 2 days after the storm hit, the temperatures started to rise and the snow started to melt. However, there were some casualties from the severe weather. Some of the winter autumn-sown plants such as broad beans, which had put on growth during the winter and were just looking forward to spring were badly hit by the storm and are probably unlikely to survive.
These photos show images of Golden Hill site after the snow had fallen: