Tribute to Morgan Parry
The Community Land Advisory Service has been saddened to hear that Morgan Parry, one of our land advisory experts and a key member of the team at CLAS Cymru, has died.
Morgan had been working with CLAS Cymru since last year, as part of a distinguished career in the environmental sector in Wales, where his experience and knowledge will be greatly missed.
Katie Jones, who manages CLAS Cymru on behalf of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens said: “We are all very saddened to hear about Morgan, who was an extremely valued member of our Community Land Advisory Team in Wales and a leading figure in the environmental sector in Wales. He will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts go out to his family at this time.”
People's Postcode Trust Small Grants fund opens
The People's Postcode Trust 2014 Small Grants Programme is now open. Registered charities, SCIOs, constituted voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, community interest companies (CIC), not-for-profit organisations and sports clubs are eligible to apply.
Grants normally range from £500 to £10,000 for organisations in Scotland and England and up to £5,000 for those in Wales. The guidance specifically lists 'creation of community gardens / allotments' as eligible for funding, along with 'workshops that provide tangible results (such as qualifications or skills)' and 'conservation of wildlife and habitats'.
The deadlines for applications vary according to region - go to the website for further details.
FCFCG helps cut rents for Edinburgh growers
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the Community Land Advisory Service in Scotland have teamed up to help push through an historic move to reduce rent for community growers in deprived areas of Edinburgh.
Changes to council policy in 2011 meant that community gardeners were being charged hundreds of pounds for cultivating neglected council land, even in less affluent parts of the city.
But on January 16th, John Glover from CLAS Scotland and Naomi Knights of FCFCG Scotland supported Kirsty Sutherland from Pilton Community Gardeners and Granton Community Gardeners’ Tom Kirby in presenting a deputation to The City of Edinburgh Council’s Finance and Resources Committee. The deputation highlighted the benefits that community gardening brings to Kirsty and Tom’s Forth Ward neighbourhoods, including enhancing the neighbourhood, resolving problems such as fly-tipping and vandalism – helping save the Council maintenance costs - and bringing people together to share community growing, cooking and eating activities.
FCFCG is Country Living Magazine's Charity of the Year
FCFCG is delighted to announce that it is Country Living Magazine’s Charity of the Year for 2014.
Each month the magazine will feature a write up on one of our members, plus feature articles on aspects of our work and information on how people can get involved with community growing groups local to them.
We will also have an exhibition stand at the Country Living Spring Fair in London from March 19 – 23 where we are aiming to offer some fun activities, have interesting things to buy and of course showcase the work of FCFCG and our members.
FCFCG stalwart awarded OBE
FCFCG assistant CEO Ian Egginton-Metters has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list, in recognition of his contribution to city farming which stretches back more than 30 years.
He first became involved in city farming in 1980 and went on to run the national Federation, before helping develop a number of partnerships including Care Farming UK, the School Farms Network, Growing Schools and Access to Farms.
His interest in the therapeutic and educational benefits of farming and gardening began in the 70s, when he was an agriculturalist at a Leprosy hospital in India where patients ran a 350-acre farm. He returned to the UK and worked with people with learning difficulties before being inspired to get involved in social change. He went on to help pull together the City Farms for Greater Manchester Group, which proved instrumental in the formation of Wythenshawe and Clayton City Farms.
£120K fund for Grow Wild flagship site
Grow Wild has up to £120,000 funding available for a flagship site in England that uses native UK plants to create an inspiring community space.
The Big Lottery funded pot is open to local voluntary and community groups who want to transform a neglected or derelict site in their area.
Grow Wild is seeking expressions of interest from groups with an idea that will improve the lives of local people. Expressions must be sent in by 14th February 2014 and selected groups will then be invited to apply for funding.
Groups will be able to get hints and advice on putting together expressions of interest at regional workshops across England this January.
Find out more and discover if your group is eligible to apply on the Grow Wild website.
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