South West England
Here you can find lots of useful information for, and about, city farms and community gardens in South West England. 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 Bristol map and other useful publications.
- See the bottom of this page for contact details of the FCFCG staff team in the South West.
South West News
Regularly updated with news of interest to city farms and community gardens in South West England, plus details of training and networking events.
- Thrifty Gardening Booklet available for free
- National newspaper covers Bristol garden's community cooking day
- Toolkits for Community Growers
A-Z Thrifty Gardening Guide
This handy guide to growing your own on a budget is published by Cornwall Food and Composting project, a partnership between FCFCG and CN4C and is funded by Local Food and Big Lottery. The booklet aims to take things back to basics and inspire gardeners to do things the thrifty way, with tips including how to make comfrey fertiliser and garlic-based insecticide and how to create an African keyhole garden. You can download the guide on the following link: A-Z Thrifty Gardening Guide
National newspaper covers Bristol community gardens chutney-making day
A Bristol community garden’s chutney-making session has been featured in a national newspaper. Golden Hill Community Garden made it into The Guardian’s weekly ‘Cook’ supplement with their chutney day, held to help use up a glut of produce. A photographer came to capture the event and the article also includes the recipes used by the Golden Hill group. As an added benefit of the publicity, the garden has now completely sold out of chutney. You can read the full story on The Guardian website
Toolkits Available for Community Growers
Community groups who want to grow their own food will be able to get help from three new toolkits, launched by the Community Council of Devon (CCD). The toolkits, funded by the Big Lottery Local Food programme, cover Legal Tenure, Planning and Access issues. The toolkits will help farmers, landowners and local councils feel confident that they are following the right procedures, asking the right questions and making the right decisions. The Toolkits are available free from this Devon Community Council page.
South West Publications
FCFCG has produced a colourful map for the Bristol area, giving details of city farms and community gardens. You can download a pdf document version by clicking on the links below:
South West Partnerships
Growing Food and Composting
This three year project, previously known as the Cornwall Community Food and Composting Project, was funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food Scheme and. It is a partnership between FCFCG and Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change. It breaks down food growing and composting into easy and practical steps by supporting people to grow food and compost at home in containers or in their gardens. It also supports six groups setting up their own community garden project. The aim is to make fresh, organic produce more easily accessible to people throughout Cornwall. You can find out more by going to the project's Facebook page.
South West Contacts
Sara Melendro, South West England Development Co-ordinator
FCFCG South West
Tel: 01392 243 233
Hilltown Fields, Northlew Road, Okehampton, EX20 1SN