Coronavirus COVID - 19

UPDATED 26.04.2021

We are all facing an unprecedented period of difficulty and disruption caused by the current coronavirus crisis. As the situation develops we want you to know that we are here. This dedicated Corona COVID -19 section of our website will be updated regularly over the coming months. Our teams across the UK are working hard to source and provide the very latest information which we hope will provide help and support. 

Free Webinars on COVID -19 issues

In May 2020, Social Farms & Gardens launched a series of online webinars designed to help members tackle the most pressing concerns arising from this crisis, and to share best practice and inspiration from around the country.These COVID 19 specific webinars have now finished, however you can view all of the video recordings by clicking on the link above.

We also are now running free Monthly Social Farms & Gardens webinars for members on a variety of issues and topics.


Key links, resources and support

This page contains the latest guidance, links, resources and expert advice, covering the following topics:

  • HR and Operational advice
  • Policy writing
  • Health and safety
  • Managing Volunteers
  • Financial support and information
  • Funding to help with the impact of COVID-19
  • Farming specific advice and support
  • Gardening/growing specific advice and support

What our members are doing

We continue to gather and share ideas and inspiration on what are members are doing right now to adapt and cope with the pandemic. This section is helpful for any organisation working in the farming, gardening or growing sector.

We believe that being able to share ideas and support each other as a network will play a key role over the coming months. 

The #GrowingTogether campaign below celebrates this work by our members. As part of the campaign, we will also be sharing gardening ideas suitable for anyone no matter your experience or growing space.

#GrowingTogether campaign

Whether you are a green fingered gardening guru or trying it out for the very first time, we’ll be sharing ideas and useful tips to help people grow veg at home during lock down through our #GrowingTogether campaign.

Visit this page for free ideas, videos and resources designed for everyone to get growing, whether you have an outdoor space or not. All the ideas are great fun to try out with children this spring.

We want to hear from you

Tell us what you are doing

What are you doing to manage the situation? Do you have ideas, resources or policies that could help others?
We are collecting and featuring this work in our 'What our members are doing' and 'Key links, resources and support' website pages as well as our social media - enabling the community of our membership to support each other.
Please email:

Country specific advice


For our members in England seeking support and guidance around any issues related to Covid -19, we recommend you visit the following websites:

Government advice for England including information on volunteering

National Council for Voluntary Organisations


If you are in Scotland and seeking support and guidance around any issues related to Covid -19 then we recommend referring to this resource by The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations:

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

It contains information on emergency funding, supporting volunteers, moving your support online and HR, to postponing your AGM and much more. 

If there is anything not covered in this that you seek support with or even if you would just like some like bespoke gardening support, whether you are growing in a glass jar on your windowsill or a small patch of ground - the Scotland team are here and happy to help you. Please email

The Scottish Govenrment has now released its advice on access to allotments. The advice can be viewed by clicking on the links below. Essentially what it says is that it is a decision for Local Authorities and other allotment owners whether an allotment site remains accessible. It also reminds readers of the necessity for social distancing etc.

Scottish Government advice on allotments and community growing sites

Scottish Government latest information


This page on the Welsh Government website is the best place to find the latest information from the political perspective.

Welsh Government latest information

The WCVA (Welsh Council for Voluntary Associations) are providing daily updates more relevant and specific to our sector. To view this, register for their free mailchimp newsletter.

Welsh Council for Voluntary Associations

Northern Ireland - click here to find out more

The NICVA have created a dedicated Covid -19 hub page on their website below for all Covid-19 information and updates. 

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

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