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:

For more details on these, please click on the blocks at the foot of the page.

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

What is care farming?

More information on care farming (including leaflets, case studies, films etc) can be found on our 'What is care farming?' page and GCF training resources pages.


For a full list of national, regional and training Growing Care Farming events please see here.

Growing Care Farming 2020 survey - we need your help! 

In order to raise the profile and promote the type of services provided by care farms - and to lobby on their behalf - we need to update the information we hold so we can create a more accurate picture of the sector across the UK.   If you’re delivering care farming or wider green care services, we'd be really grateful if you could take the time to complete our Growing Care Farming 2020 survey. It won't take long and we will look forward to sharing what you have told us later in the spring. The more care farms (and green care providers) that participate, the more accurate our data and the more credibility we will have to represent your needs to policy makers and funders. You have until midnight on Sunday 23rd February to respond. As a thank you for filling out this survey, there is the opportunity for you to enter your organisation in our prize draw to win one of three cash prizes!

Follow this link to complete the survey

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!*

Training and Supporting resources

New training opportunities and care farming resources

Regional engagement

About the regional engagement work of Growing Care Farming

Quality Assurance

Quality service provision with the Care farming Code of Practice