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 7, 2022 - 09:00 to Friday, January 21, 2022 - 17:00
The care farming for mental health course explores how care farming can meet the needs of those with living with mental ill health as part of a health, social care or education programme.
On this course you will:
Learn how care farming can benefit...
Lead by our Growing Schools team, Heidi Seary and Keeley Smith will look at the benefits of gardening and farming in schools and working effectively in partnerships with schools.
Our monthly webinars for SF&G members take place on the 3rd...
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 09:00 to Friday, February 11, 2022 - 17:00
Learn how care farming can benefit people with depression and anxiety as part of a health, social care or education programme.
On this course you will:
Learn how care farming can benefit young people with anxiety and depression, and how these...
Popular picture book character Stick Man is teaming up with local community groups across the UK to encourage urban children to get outdoors and explore the natural world. Fun-filled activity trails have been opened at five community growing sites...
Social Farms & Gardens is delighted to announce that Care Farming Development Manager Dr Rachel Bragg has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours for services to academia and Green Care - congratulations Rachel!
Rachel has been a...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented global impact and we want to ensure we support our members, as we look forward to moving out of this difficult time.
We’ve developed a short survey that builds on the one we ran in April/May 2020, and...
Chris Blythe, Social Farms & Gardens Director since April 2017, has left the organisation for new and different opportunities.
Preceding his appointment as Director Chris served as a trustee, and along with the board helped oversee the...
'The Resilience of the Community Growing Sector in Northern Ireland' Report has been published this week and is now available to view.
The report was completed by Social Farms & Gardens in June 2020 during the Covid 19 pandemic...