Case Studies

Growing Well Together In Action

Our case studies show how we plant a seed to grow a community. They are crammed full of inspiration about how we have helped community growers across the UK to achieve more, work better and become more sustainable.

We don't take the credit for the passion and vision of local people, or the hard work they do to develop community sites which make big differences in people's lives.

But what we do take credit for is helping make this great work happen by offering expertise honed by more than 35 years in existence; by producing information resources that get to the heart of problems encountered by community growers; by running events and training that help people find the best way of doing things. And by ensuring that our members great work is promoted to decision makers across the UK.

So read on and get inspired! 

  • From summer 2017- spring 2018,Social Farms and Gardens with support from Central Green Scotland Network Trust and The Big Lottery ran a pilot mentoring project. The aim was to explore paying experienced member projects with established skills and...

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  • ‘The Back Garden’ was established in 2010 by Annex Communities, on securing a 15-year lease on a piece of waste land owned by the Glasgow West Housing Association (GWHA) and accessing funding from the Climate Challenge Fund. Thereafter, a group of...

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  • The Whitmuir Community Benefit Society Board have been looking into ways of making the growing activities of their 2000m² project less reliant on funding in the future.

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  • The Northern Ireland team working with the Belfast Food Network recently made a fruitful connection between a social and therapeutic horticulture project and a local café, strengthening local supply chain connections, and bringing lovely fresh veg...

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  • Our members benefit from Community Learning Exchange in Scotland

    We have been ensuring community growers benefit from The Community Learning Exchange (CLE) - a peer learning project facilitated by the Scottish Community Alliance which...

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  • Our member groups provide the inspiration for these videos, created as part of our Tyfu Pobl programme in Wales but of interest to viewers across the UK, which shows our members in action and illustrate how our support has helped in their development...

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  • Visioning growth

    Green Isle Growers, based in Machynlleth in Mid Wales, is thriving with help from Social Farms & Gardens (previously Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens), which has given funding advice, held a visioning...

    Wales
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  • Shoots Of Success In Scotland

    Getting hold of fresh fruit and vegetables at truly affordable prices can be a real challenge in deprived neighbourhoods. With support and guidance from our Scotland team, Tullibody Community Garden has tackled...

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  • Rooted In Hull

    Our work with groups in Hull has not only nurtured a network of community gardens, but also paved the way for a pioneering mobile city farm, which aims to become a unique micro-farming enterprise. Find out how Social Farms...

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