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Help your community shake off the lockdown blues by taking part in our first ever UK-wide Have a Grow Day! 

Have a Grow Day is a national event happening on Saturday June 5th, 2021 designed to help you shout about the amazing work you do and bring new visitors and potential volunteers to your site. 

How do I take part? 

HAGD is suitable for all SF&G members to take part in - whether you’re a community garden, city farm, CSA scheme or care farm, or anything in between.

Suitable activities could include guided tours, plant sales or gardening sessions, but you know your space and community best, so the activities you run on the day are up to you! We also know that some of you won’t be able to open on that day (for example if you’re a school farm), so if you want to run a HAGD event in the week running up to the big day, then that’s fine by us as well. 

You can choose the type of activity or event that is right for your space, or, if you're not able or ready to open to the public, you can still join in online.

Any SF&G member can host a HAGD event (if you’re not a member yet you can sign up for free here). Just follow these simple steps to get growing with us on June 5th:

  1. Download our free HAGD Participation Pack
  2. Register your event
  3. Use our templates and graphics to plan and promote your event - you'll be sent a link to access these once you've registered
  4. Use the hashtag #haveagrow

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    What about taking part online? 

    If covid restrictions mean that an event on site can’t happen, you don't open to the public, or if you would just rather take part online, there are lots of ways that you can invite people to share your garden or farm virtually. Site tours or workshops can be filmed easily using a mobile phone and shared with an online audience. You might even like to do a livestream of your HAGD activities so people who can’t attend can follow your progress. 

    Even just sharing information and photos about what you do with the hashtag #haveagrow is a great way to take part and join in on the day.

    For some inspiration in hosting onlline tours and events, take a look at: 

    • The London City Harvest Festival YouTube Channel to see some of the tours posted for last year's festival which was happened online. 
    • The National Garden Society virtual garden visits website
    • This local secret gardens trail in Bristol which took place virtually last year.

    Need more help or ideas? On 11th May 2021 we ran a Webinar on 'Creating a Video Tour'. Social Farms & Gardens members to share their experience of creating a video tour of their site. You can watch the webinar here.


    Insurance for your Event

    Having adequate insurance is essential to any event. Our friends at McClarrons have put together this short video to help SF&G members ensure they have adequate cover. You can get more insurance advice from our members area here.

    Become a Member

    Membership is free and open to any organisation delivering nature-based activities that improve people's lives. Join us and start enjoying a great range of benefits today.

    Events

    Includes our own training events and workshops, and selected events and training run by organisations in the sector we think might be relevant. We aim to share the buzz and keep you informed.