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.
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
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.