Grow Loughborough creates friendly fun events to promote the connections between wellbeing, creativity and community gardening.
Our events take place in gardens, local allotments and green spaces, showcasing local projects with a social ethos that offer activities to increase wellbeing, reduce social isolation, encourage creativity and get involved in community gardening.
The project originated in the Open Gardens and Secret Craft Fairs held in Herrick Road in Loughborough, initiated by our, now, project manager in 2013. Since 2018 Grow Loughborough has run two open garden weekends, three open allotment days, managed artist commissions and run creative workshops, by working in partnership with nine artists, six garden owners, twelve local projects and many volunteers - benefiting many many members of the public.
Earlier this year Grow Loughborough entered into the RHS/Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood awards for the first time. The project gained a Level 4 Thriving Award, scoring highly for Community Participation, and was judged to be ‘Overall a very exciting project which will continue to succeed and get even bigger’. We hope to be able to make this possible for 2020!
‘Very nice community feel, really inviting and fun”
“a quiet place to sit and discus ideas with like minded people”
“what a fantastic place the allotments are, and what a wonderful community event!’
Friday, January 1, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, March 31, 2023 - 17:00
Training and networking for care farmers
A programme of national and regional events offered by the Growing Care Farming project. The programme includes regular themed webinars, network meetings, training courses and launch events for those working...
Members webinar: Growing around the world
What: Join SF&G members growing in the UK as they introduce us to crops, methods and cooking ideas from around the world.
When: Wednesday 18th August 2021,14:00 - 15:00
More information and booking: Use...
Our online gatherings are an member benefit that take place on first Thursday of each month. The events are part of SF&G's commitment to support networking and improve practice across the sector. A member of SF&G staff will...
Care farming for social care film
Our Growing Care Farming team have launched the second in of a series of films, created to show how care farming transforms people’s lives.
The second film in the series focuses...
'Tyfu Fyny' Wales Rural Development Programme Report published
Our 3-year Rural Development Programme funded project ‘Tyfu Fyny’ has now come to an end. It’s been a fantastic 3 years and during that time we have got to know the community growing...
Great news for the Social Farms & Gardens project ‘Growing Resilience’ this month, as additional funding from the lottery is confirmed. This important funding will enable the charity to expand the project, supporting even more community gardens...
Urban green spaces, including city farms and community gardens, are not being used enough to help people living with dementia and their carers, according to a new report from Natural England.
In one of the biggest surveys of its kind so far, people...