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 40 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! 

  • PLOT 22 is an award-winning, volunteer-driven community allotment working with isolated groups, strengthening community connections through gardening, food growing and cooking shared meals at our centrally located community allotment.

    South East England
    south-east-england
  • Feel Good Gardens values local food and community, getting outdoors, enjoying the seasons, understanding more about nature, and welcoming everybody to site regardless of age, gender, race or disability.

    East Midlands
    east-midlands
  • Glenfinart Walled Garden is community owned and run by volunteers, many of whom have health issues.

    Scotland
    scotland
  • Badgers Brook Allotment is in Brackla, Bridgend. It is a 40 plot site with ten disabled plots, three of which are used by organisations that support disabled people. Regenerated by the community and brought back from dereliction.

    Wales
    wales
  • Beyond The Wall provides horticultural and hospitality training and work experience within a beautiful Victorian walled garden near Eye, Suffolk. Clients with learning and/or other extra needs learn life skills, form friendships and develop new...

    East England
    east-england
  • Old bathtubs have been reused on allotments for years but this project entails building a raised wooden surround for the bathtub - transforming it into a contained growing space at a height that is easily accessible for children, the elderly or...

    East England
    east-england
  • Chyan Community Field, an organic forest farm with community access, has been running since 2002. In that time, the group have transformed a disused, over-grown 2.2 acre Cornish field into a shining example of vegan organic growing, wildlife gardening...

    South West England
    south-west-england
  • Kentish Town City Farm (KTCF) was the first City Farm in the UK. Founded in 1972, this four-acre project has livestock and horses, a riding school, gardening space, a wildlife area, orchard and a focus for education and community work with thousands...

    London
    london
  • Based in the heart of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Woodland Skills Centre team run a range of courses in traditional crafts, bushcraft courses, family holidays and courses for youth and community groups as well as...

    Wales
    wales
  • A forgotten and derelict space on North Street in Bedminster has been turned into a community 'pocket park'.

    South West England
    south-west-england
  • Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses (BCPG) is an independent environmental charity operating from a former municipal greenhouse site in the centre of Lambeth’s Brockwell Park. The site is now a vibrant community garden comprising a series of...

    London
    london
  • Starting from scratch in June 2018, Winchburgh is now a fresh food destination. Winchburgh Community Growing Group are growing food for the whole community all over the village – and they don’t even have a site yet!

    Scotland
    scotland
  • REAP, which stands for Rural Environmental Action Project, works in the North East of Scotland to raise environmental awareness, tackle economic inequality and engage in social enterprise. SF&G spoke to Ann Davidson, who has been part of this...

    Scotland
    scotland
  • TheHorseCourse is a busy Equine-Assisted Interventions Centre based on an ex-dairy farm in Weymouth. Harriet Laurie, founder, explains what TheHorseCourse offers people who are struggling and for whom other more mainstream therapeutic approaches may...

    South West England
    south-west-england
  • Scotswood Garden works with nature to create a great place for people and wildlife to enjoy. The garden is about community, whether in Scotswood and Benwell or the wider area, and they welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in the...

    North East England
    north-east-england
  • 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...

    Scotland
    scotland
  • ‘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...

    Scotland
    scotland
  • 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...

    Northern Ireland
    northern-ireland
  • 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...

    Scotland
    scotland
  • 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...

    East England, East Midlands, London, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside
    east-england
    east-midlands
    london
    north-east-england
    north-west-england
    northern-ireland
    scotland
    south-east-england
    south-west-england
    wales
    west-midlands
    yorkshire-and-humberside
  • 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
    wales
  • 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...

    Scotland
    scotland
  • 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...

    Yorkshire and Humberside
    yorkshire-and-humberside