Here you can find lots of useful information for, and about, community gardening and farming projects in Scotland. You can:
- Find gardens and farms in your local area via our interactive map or our search page.
- Find details of events by viewing the news and updates section below.
- Download a copy of the FCFCG Scotland map and other useful publications.
- See the bottom of this page for contact details of FCFCG staff in Scotland.
Scotland News & Events
Regularly updated with news of interest to community gardens & farms in Scotland, plus details of training and networking events. Latest updates:
- Propagate Glasgow - 30 October
- Community gardening networking day, Inverness - 31 October
- Grangemouth network meeting - 12 November
- FCFCG Scotland's response to Scottish Government's consultation
- Get voting! FCFCG members need your vote
- The community learning opportunities from community gardening - A case study, South Perth Community Garden
- Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill - your comments needed
- New publications from FCFCG Scotland - Community gardening and biodiversity
- Lanarkshire study shows NHS staff keen to make more of green health assets
- Other news, including discounts on SCVO and Trellis membership
Scottish community garden starter pack: Specifically written for Scotland, it covers the often complex issues that can arise when setting up or developing a community garden, with advice on topics ranging from legal obligations and fundraising to negotiating for a site and employing staff. New members will automatically be sent this pack along with a number of other useful documents. Non-members can order a copy from our Scotland office for £6 or download the pack free below.
Scotland map: Our unique map gives details of 46 local community gardens and farms in Scotland. Copies of the map are available from the Scotland office of the FCFCG. Alternatively you can download a PDF version by clicking on the map icon below:
Gorgie City Farm: Social Return On Investment (SROI) report: Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a way of measuring the non-financial value of a service (i.e. environmental and social value) relative to resources invested. It can be used by community-managed farms and gardens to evaluate impact on stakeholders, identify ways to improve performance, and enhance the performance of investments.
This report created by FCFCG on member project Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh can be used by members as a model to do an SROI report on your own project or to use as generic evidence of the benefit of community growing.The report demontrates that community gardens will provide more than three times a funder’s initial investment in ‘social value’.
Funding opportunities for community gardens in Scotland. Includes long term funding and grants schemes. FCFCG in Scotland also provides regular e-bulletins with funding information to its members.
Our partners in Scotland include:
- Trellis - the Scottish charity that supports, promotes, and develops the use of horticulture to improve health, well-being and life opportunities for all. Trelllis works with many therapeutic gardens. Until June 2012 FCFCG worked with Trellis and the Allotments Regeneration Initiative (ARI) on the Big Lottery funded Growing Communities in Scotland project. Although the funding for this project has now finished, we continue to work closely with Trellis to offer joint networking and training events.
- Local People Leading - FCFCG in Scotland supports this informal alliance of national and regional networks, local community groups and individuals that has come together to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland. LPL has two main functions: to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy development. We email regular briefings to our supporters on both these themes.
- Garden for Life - a partnership of organisations working in Scotland to increase enjoyment and understanding of biodiversity, support action by gardeners for the benefit of Scotland's biodiversity and to promote the benefits of gardening for health and well being. www.gardenforlife.org.uk
- Grow Your Own Working Group - established by the Scottish government, this group's terms of reference are to take forward the aspects of the National Food and Drink Policy ‘Recipe For Success’ relating to growing your own food. www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Food-Industry/own
We welcome partnership working and support other initiatives which bring benefits to communities in Scotland. Please contact us if you are interested in working together.
Louisa Evans, Scotland Development Worker
Tel: 0131 623 7058
Roz Corbett, Scotland Development Worker
Tel: 0131 623 7058
FCFCG Scotland Office, c/o Gorgie City Farm, 51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2LA
Tel: 0131 623 7058