Useful information for, and about, city farms and community gardens in Northern England:
- Find gardens and farms in your local area via our interactive map or our search page.
- Get details of events by viewing the news & updates section below.
- Download a copy of FCFCG's North East and North West maps, plus other useful publications.
- See the bottom of this page for contact details of the FCFCG staff team in Northern England.
Get updates about community growing in Northern England, plus lots more interesting information, via FCFCG's social media:
Northern England News
News of interest to community gardens in Northern England, including training and networking events.
- Together We Can volunteering partnership research published
- Power To Change Community Enterprise Events in the North in September 2014
- FCFCG explores plans for mobile city farm in Hull
- New short video about Tameside Hyde Park Orchard
- Bradford-based city farm gets funding boost
Community Green Space Awards Project
Community gardeners and the social housing sector have the opportunity to get support and training to developing thriving community gardens across Greater Manchester, as part of a new pilot project. The initiative is a partnership between the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), Keep Britain Tidy and the National Housing Federation.
The aim is to help local growing groups access tools, training and visits to successful sites. This will help build the group's capacity and confidence of participating communities in managing their own green spaces.
News Update: Community Award Gathering, Thursday 26th June 2014 at Hulme Community Garden Centre. Click on this link for more details.
Together We Can - Research Published
A leaflet summarising research findings about Together We Can, an employee and member volunteering partnership between the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the Co-operative Membership (North), has now been published.
Together We Can, which celebrated the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives in 2012, involved nine one-day environmental challenges which took place at city farms and community gardens (plus the Co-operative farm in Goole) across Northern England, bringing together people from local Co-operative businesses, from the Co-operative membership and from the host organisation. In total 330 volunteers learned new skills and met other Co- operative members, with the added benefit of supporting a local community project.
A wide range of activities were carried out, including digging a flood prevention ditch, making kingfisher perches and holes in a riverbank, building new community gardens, fencing, painting and erecting a summerhouse, harvesting wild fruit and surveying water vole populations.
The FCFCG members involvedwere Meanwood Valley Urban Farm in Leeds, Bradford Community Environment Project, Haltwhistle Partnership, Bio Blitz Richmond, Manor Oaks Farm in Sheffield, Prudhoe Community Allotments, Fruitful Durham and Briardale Community Orchard in Blyth.
The scheme was the focus of research by the Hull University Business School and Sheffield University Management School. The full research report will be available in due course and a summary document is available to download using the following link: Together We Can Research Summary Leaflet
Hands on for Habitat Heroes
Hands on for Habitat Heroes was a partnership in 2013 between the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, the North Region of the Co-operative Membership and host farms and gardens. Inspired by the Habitat Heroes programme on Co-operative Farms, it provided an opportunity for Co-operative members and the wider community to get involved.
The aim was to work together to improve habitats for protected and endangered species.
Northern England Publications
True Value Research: A research study carried out across Cumbria and North East England highlighting the true value of city farms and community gardens. Go to the True Value Research page of this website to download the full research document (which may be handy for funding bids) and a more colourful summary document.
Northern England maps: FCFCG has published two colourful maps for the region, showing the location of city farms and community gardens in the North East and North West. You can download the maps as pdf documents by clicking on the links below:
Northern England Funding
Funding opportunities for community gardens in Northern England. Includes long term funding and grants schemes.
We also provide regular e-bulletins with funding information to our members.
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