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:
- Starbucks Youth Action Fund open for applications
- An introduction to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act - 2 December
- FCFCG Scotland celebrates 10th aniversary
- FCFCG Scotland Community Garden Essentials Training
- FCFCG members feature in Glasgow University study on benefits of community gardening
- Fill in our training needs survey
- Contaminated Land Guide launched for community growers
- Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill - our response
- FCFCG Scotland's response to Scottish Government's consultation
- The community learning opportunities from community gardening - A case study, South Perth Community Garden
- Lanarkshire study shows NHS staff keen to make more of green health assets
Other news, including discounts on SCVO and Trellis membership
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.
Community Growing Resource Pack, Scotland: A new Community Growing Resource Pack specifically for Scotland has been published. Based on our popular Community Garden Starter pack, this fully revised and updated pack is a comprehensive introduction to setting up, developing and sustaining a community-managed farm, garden or related community growing space. For further details or to download click here.
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 following link: Scotland Map
Gorgie City Farm: Social Return On Investment (SROI) report: 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 FCFCG report on Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is available to download here: Gorgie City Farm SROI report
How community gardens can contribute to biodiverisity: FCFCG Scotland have produced a factsheet which outlines simple, practical ways to increase biodiversity at project level. Includes links to useful resources and a template recording sheet for carrying out biodiversity surveys on your project. The factsheet is accompanied by a set of case studies from projects in Scotland. You can download both publications here:
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