Children’s Summer Activity Grants

SF&G are partnering with the Hilden Charitable Fund to provide grants of £1,500 to support summer activities for children, a scheme formerly known as their Summer Playscheme Grants. We are particularly interested in funding activities that will connect children from disadvantaged backgrounds with nature.

Applications have now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 25th June 2021.

Grants must be spent by the end of August 2021.

Grant conditions can be found here.

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To discuss this opportunity, please contact alison@farmgarden.org.uk.


Copper Beech Play Photo Competition

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How to enter

The competition is currently closed. 

Please keep an eye on our website, social media and newsletters for notification of the next round. 

To enter the competition when it is open, simply share a post to the Social Farms & Garden's Facebook Group using the hashtag #SFGCopperBeech along with a photo. The photo should relate to the theme for the current round which will be announced on this page. You may want to feature your service users or special spaces within your site that support and enhance activities. It could be a photo of people, veg, produce, or crafty creations by the people who benefit from your service. Or your photo could show how the new equipment will benefit your volunteers/service users. Be creative, have fun and please interpret the theme how you wish. Please ensure you have written consent from anyone who appears in your photos. 

By using the #SFGCopperBeech hashtag you consent to our photo sharing and delivery T&Cs below. 

Cooper Beech will choose the winner of each round.

What you win

Winners will recieve a full handmade play set as seen in the photo above. The play set includes two cross-hatched balance beams, two smooth balance beams, a build set and a selection of rustic stepping logs. These will all be delivered to your site for free on a pallet with attaching legs to make a small table once unpacked.

Terms and Conditions

By using the #SFGCopperBeech hashtag you consent to Social Farms & Gardens and Copper Beech Play sharing your photo on our social media and website along with a description of your work/service. We will also kindly ask for a photo for when the new equipment is installed.

Copper Beech Play reserve up to 6-8 weeks to make and send the prize. The pallet will be transported by lorry and delivered using a hand pallet truck - sites will need to be accessible for this. Copper Beech Play will provide relevant Risk Assessment and Operation Maintenance Manual documentation for timber products to the winner, before or with the delivery of the prize.

About Copper Beech Play

Copper Beech Play is a family company based in Herefordshire, founded by Jim and Helen Morris-Ridout. They specialise in school and community natural play spaces, handcrafting each piece of equipment. Copper Beech Play is proud to be Learning Through Landscapes accredited and has been awarded the national Schumacher Award for small scale sustainable development and also the Permaculture Community Award. Their products have a high play value, are safe, long lasting, easily maintainable and have a positive environmental product lifecycle. Find out more


Win £4,750 for your local patch with Nature's Path

This competition is now closed for entries. Keep an eye out for Social Farms & Gardens appearing on Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise cereal in a shop near you.

Congratulations to Food4Families in Reading on winning our Nature’s Path “Home Grown” competition! They will use the £4,750 prize to install a new Growing for Wellbeing Garden. 
The garden will provide home grown herbs, fruit and vegetables, as well as materials for gardening and health and wellbeing workshops. The plants used will largely be home grown by garden volunteers, and the design has been, and construction will be, done by volunteers, so the whole garden is "home grown". 

The new installation at Lavender Place Community Garden will launch as part of Have a Grow Day on Saturday 5th June 2021.

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