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:
- All creatures great and small: The practicalities and benefits of keeping animals on community gardens/farms and in school grounds - June 7th, Cumbernauld
- Community development, community learning and community growing - May 21st, Perth
- North Edinburgh Network Meeting, May 13th, Edinburgh
- South West Scotland Community Garden Network Meeting, May 14th, Stranraer
- Lanarkshire study shows NHS staff keen to make more of green health assets
- Launch of the Landowners' Guide to Community Growing Spaces
- Scottish Parliament Exhibition
- Other news, including discounts on SCVO and Trellis membership
All creatures great and small: The practicalities and benefits of keeping animals on community gardens/farms and in school ground environments - June 7th, Cumbernauld
This exciting event will involve a variety of workshops and case studies including how to link keeping animals with the Curriculum for Excellence, Health and Safety issues around working with animals, looking after bees and chickens, and how working with animals can benefit vulnerable people.
There will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day, a tour around Palacerigg Country Park to look at the Children’s Farm and rare breeds. Lunch will be provided.
Prices: £20 (FCFFG members), £35 School staff/ teachers and community gardening groups and £60 other organisations.
Community development, community learning and community growing - May 21st, Perth
Community growing is about much more than just gardening. Community growing projects can help achieve a huge range of community Learning and Development outcomes, such as:
- Providing a hub for community activity – including celebrations, events, learning and social enterprises
- Promoting community integration - people from a wide range of backgrounds work together (eg: people with mental health problems or learning difficulties, young people, elderly people, people recovering from substance misuse or ex-offenders, ethnic minorities)
- Providing formal and informal volunteering, education and training opportunities – often engaging ‘hard to reach’ groups
- Giving people the skills and confidence to find employment – not just in horticulture - people often learn numeracy, literacy and social skills as well
- Encouraging healthy lifestyles – through healthy eating, exercise and providing a safe, relaxing space to promote mental well-being
This event will explore these links in more detail, as well as showing how community growing is relevant to local and national CLD policies in Scotland. It will provide advice on different models of community growing (eg: allotments, gardens, farms, orchards, or growing on a smaller scale), and practical advice on how CLD officers can support community groups to get started. There will also be a tour of South Perth Community Garden from the Community Capacity Building Worker who helped a local group get this thriving community project off the ground five years ago.
The event is free, and lunch will be provided. As part of the day will be outside, please dress appropriately!
North Edinburgh Network Meeting, 13th May
This free networking event will visit two different sites & models of community growing.
The morning session is at 'North Edinburgh Grows’, the new gardening project at North Edinburgh Arts, and will include a tour and discussion of the garden project's development to date, with particular reference to the process and implications of grant funding and the different approaches to community growing. There will also be the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge and hear what others are up to in the North Edinburgh area and beyond, with an update from Edinburgh and Lothian's Greenspace Trust (ELGT)'s Community Gardening Officer and a short presentation on Granton’s Forgotten Walled Garden.
In the afternoon the group will visit and tour local projects in Granton managed by Granton Community Gardeners.
The event runs from 9.30am - 3.30pm on Tuesday, 13th May, starting at North Edinburgh Arts, and you will need to register to take part in this network meeting - follow this link for more details and to register.
South West Scotland Community Garden Network Meeting: May 14th, Aldouran Wetland Garden, Leswalt, nr Stranraer
This networking day is a chance to get together with other people who are active with or interested in the many aspects of community gardening, to gain an insight into managing a wetland garden environment to encourage biodiversity and to hear from a teacher about how best to work with local school groups and how working with a local community garden has benefited the children.
The day will comprise of networking, a question and answer session and a tour around Aldouran Wetland Garden: www.leswaltwetlandgarden.org.uk
Originally artificially assisted, the garden is now naturalised and sustains a wide variety of plants, bird and insect life. A sizeable bird hide provides an ideal bird watching place and is accessible to all by a boardwalk which both links to the adjoining Community Garden and also incorporates a pond dipping platform. This haven for biodiversity, thrives through local community involvement with the community gardening plots, the bird hide and the wetland area. The guided walk will provide opportunities to ‘dive in and ask questions’ to learn more about the planning, development and on-going maintenance of the wetland garden.
In the afternoon there will be a chance to hear about how working with the local community garden has benefited the children and worked with the curriculum for excellence. There will also be a practical session about working with groups (both adult and child) to carry out bird and moth identification.
This event is free but you will need to register to take part - please follow this link for more details.
Lanarkshire study shows NHS staff keen to make more of green health assets
'Green Health in Clydesdale', a study commissioned by the Lanarkshire Greenspace Health & Wellbeing Partnership investigates how the health sector could achieve better use of green health assets including community gardening projects to promote better health and quality of life for the people of Lanarkshire.
Consultations and surveys were carried out with GPs and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) as well as with third sector and public, environment and greenspace agencies.
The report found that NHS Lanarkshire practitioners strongly indicated that green health assets could help to maintain and improve the mental and physical wellbeing of NHS patients and may have an important role in patient recovery, rehabilitation and self management.
A range of NHS staff indicated that they would be willing to refer or signpost their patients to green health assets as part of a treatment of consultation plan if they had increased awareness of the benefits of such assets,
with 90% of respondents to an online survey saying that more information about community gardening programmes would be helpful to them.
Increased numbers of GPs and clinicians would also refer or signpost their patients to green health assets if they had greater knowledge of how to access such assets and an effective signposting, referral, follow up and monitoring system.
You can download the full report on this link.Green Health in Clydesdale report
Launch of the Landowners' Guide to Community Growing Spaces
A new Guide aiming to encourage Scotland's landowners to make more land available for community growing was welcomed by Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, at an event at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 7 March.
The Guide For Landowners, produced by the Community Land Advisory Service in Scotland, provides comprehensive information and advice to help landowners play their part in the surge in community gardening and food growing across Scotland. The publication is a response to recent evidence, including research conducted by Scotland's Grow Your Own Working Group (GYOWG), which shows community groups can struggle to find land in order to expand and strengthen the capacity of their local community. Meanwhile, many landowners are keen to support such projects, but lack the knowledge of how to go about it, are worried about statutory responsibilities or find the process of lease negotiations too daunting.
The Guide has been created to provide key information on issues such as site suitability, leases, planning and land use and the law. It was written by the Community Land Advisory Service in conjunction with the Grow Your Own Working Group, Scottish Land & Estates and The Scottish Government.
Paul Wheelhouse said: "I very much welcome the publication of the Guide For Landowners. It is particularly apt during Climate Week, which inspires action for a sustainable future. I hope the Guide will also serve as inspiration and encouragement for landowners, both private and public, to consider use of their land for food-growing purposes within their communities. Giving people the opportunity to grow food creates many potential rewards for landowners, a more sustainable future for Scotland and a better quality of life for its people. This publication will be a key element in unlocking that potential."
A downloadable version of the Guide, along with template leases and other resources, is available to all landowners from the CLAS website here
Scottish Parliament Exhibition
The Federation of City Farms and Community Garden, Trellis (supporting health through horticulture) and the Community Land Advisory Service held an exhibition at the Scottish Parliament in January 2013 to highlight the range and diversity of community farms, gardens and allotments in Scotland to MSPs and their staff.
It was a great opportunity to showcase the excellent work of community gardening and farming projects and highlight issues affecting them. The exhibition drew much interest and many people have signed up to visit a project in their constituency to experience the benefits of community gardening directly. As a result of the exhibition, Jayne Baxter MSP has put down a motion to support community farms and gardens. See below for the text of the motion:
The Parliament welcomes the work being done by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in partnership with Trellis and the Community Land Advisory Service to promote, represent and support community-managed farms and gardens across Scotland; recognises the diversity of the projects that they support in both size and type and that projects are shaped to reflect the community in which they are situated; pays tribute to the work and energy of what it understands is the more than 12,500 Scots involved in such projects every year across over 500 community, therapeutic and allotment garden projects; celebrates what it considers to be the huge benefits for health, learning, the environment, social enterprise and for children, families and volunteering; considers that other key benefits of such projects are regeneration and social inclusion for traditionally hard-to-reach groups; encourages people across Scotland to get involved in community farming and growing; applauds the ongoing work of the Federation of City Farms and Gardens, Trellis and the Community Land Advisory Service in supporting communities to come together to grow, and wishes community farm and garden projects across Scotland, such as the Community Garden in Burntisland, every success in the future.
Community Growing Gets Funding Boost
Community growing in Scotland has been handed a boost by the Scottish Government, alongside a new three year commitment to FCFCG in Scotland to help its working in supporting the development of community growing projects. Go here for the full story.
Video called 'People Grow Better In Gardens' available
A film from Trellis, our partner in the lottery-funded Growing Communities in Scotland project, is now available to view on Youtube.
Free SCVO Membership
FCFCG members with a turnover of less than £25,000 a year are automatically eligible for free membership of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations which works to support people to take voluntary action to help themselves and others and to bring about social change. You can find out more about the benefits of membership to SCVO here.
Trellis Membership Discount
FCFCG is offering a 25 percent discount scheme for groups who are members of our partner organisation Trellis. The discount works as follows:
1. If you are already a member of Trellis and wish to become a member of FCFCG, then you will receive a 25 percent discount on any annual membership fee charged by FCFCG. You can download a membership application by visiting www.farmgarden.org.uk/join
2. If you are already a member of Trellis and FCFCG you can apply for the discount when your membership of FCFCG is due for renewal.
Community gardens in Scotland may be interested in Scotland’s Gardens (SGS), a registered charity created in 1931, which raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Scotland to the public. For more details visit: www.gardensofscotland.org
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:
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.
Until June 2012 FCFCG was working in partnership with Trellis and the Allotments Regeneration Initiative (ARI) on the Big Lottery funded Growing Communities in Scotland project, which aimed to promote and support community gardens, city farms and therapeutic gardens in Scotland. Although the funding for this project has now finished and ARI is being wound up we are continuing to work closely with Trellis to offer joint networking and training events.
We also support other initiatives which bring benefits to communities in Scotland.
Naomi Knights, Scotland Development Worker
Tel: 0131 623 7058
Louisa Evans, 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