Growing Care Farming

Growing Care Farming 

Overview of project:

Social Farms & Gardens, in partnership with Thrive, is delivering the £1.4m Growing Care Farming project, part of the Government’s Children and Nature Programme (supported by Defra, funded by the Department of Education and managed by Natural England). Growing Care Farming is a wonderful opportunity to transform the scale of the care farming sector across England, creating more opportunities for both children and adults with a defined need, to benefit from health, social and specialist educational care services delivered on care farms.

This exciting project will expand and transform care farming services across England through a programme of 4 key elements:

  1. Central support and resources
  2. Regional engagement
  3. Training
  4. Quality assurance

For more details on these, please follow the links in the three blocks at the bottom of the page.

There is a short film about the Growing Care Farming project here:

Further information

There is more information on care farming (including case studies, films etc) on our 'What is care farming?' page

Natural England hosted the launch of the Growing Care Farming Project on the 13th May - you can find more information (including presentations)  here

Keep in touch

If you'd like to read regular updates about Growing Care Farming you can go to our GCF Updates page here 

If you would like to get in touch or if you have further queries about the project, please email:

For media and press enquiries please contact:


*Please note: Our GCF webpages are being updated regularly, so please bear with us while we carry out changes - many thanks!*