40 Years, 40 Stories

40 years, 40 stories

Throughout our 40th anniversary year we are celebrating the breadth, variety and impact of our incredible members through sharing 40 stories showcasing their work and the benefits they deliver.

We are shining a spotlight on the amazing work of all the volunteers, staff and trustees that make up our member organisations and the inspiring initiatives they have put in place to increase sustainability, biodiversity and the wellbeing of people and communities. From Derry to Dartford, Shetland to Swansea our members are reconnecting individuals with society and society with our planet.

We've highlighted twelve different broad themes for the benefits that our members deliver - you can search for stories that illustrate each of these using the buttons below or simply browse and read something that catches your interest.

We'll be adding stories throughout the year. We hope you find inspiration from what's here so far and please come back to make the most of this growing resource.

Enjoy. We're sure you'll agree our members are 'Growing well together'.

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.

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.

Glenfinart Walled Garden is community owned and run by volunteers, many of whom have health issues.

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.

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 hobbies and interests such as photography or bird-watching.

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 disabled.

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, sustainable energy production and community involvement.

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 of users.

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 Mindfulness courses as part of our health and well-being programme.

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

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 demonstration gardens and includes two commercial-sized greenhouses.

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!

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 longstanding initiative for nearly 20 years.

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 not be working.

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 work.