Community Growing benchmark in Northern Ireland 

Image shows a green leafy allotment on the left. To the right is a semi-transparent background featuring the Northern Ireland Community Growing Benchmark Report front cover.

In 2023, we set out recommendations for a community growing benchmark in Northern Ireland. 

The report provides a framework for policy development on the amount of land dedicated to community growing. Aimed at Councils and decision-makers, the work involved Northern Ireland's 11 Local Councils.

A key recommendation is a target of 1250sqm (0.3 acres) community growing space per 1,000 households in a Council area. Community growing spaces could include allotments, community gardens or community orchards.

Project partners

  • Northern Ireland's 11 Local Councils
  • Urban Agriculture Consortium
  • Development Trusts Northern Ireland


  • Influence community growing policy in Northern Ireland
  • Provide recommendations for Local Council Plans
  • Set out a benchmark ahead of key policy and elections
  • Highlight how community growing can help climate, biodiversity and social inequality
  • Lay the foundations for a properly resourced sector
  • Build on work by organisations like Incredible Edible and Community Gardens Ireland    


> Read the full report

> Read takeaway tips from the report

This is a really important report for people and places in Northern Ireland. The report’s recommendations could help us all in the UK see what a step change in engaging people in their own well-being looks like. Fantastic piece of work.

Pam Warhurst CBE, Founder of Incredible Edible


Watch our video to see how people and communities in Northern Ireland benefit from access to growing space. 

> See other projects in Northern Ireland

Contact us

If you can help with our recommendations for NI policy, please get in touch with [email protected].

Our Work

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