News

We like useful news items here at FCFCG. But we know our groups and supporters often feel overwhelmed by the amount of information out there.

That's why these pages give our members (and anyone else interested in community growing in the UK) only the most relevant stories. 

So call back for regular updates on FCFCG work, funding and income, land issues, Government policy, new initiatives, valuable research and, sometimes, a few quirky stories that might tickle your interest!

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) has appointed Charlie Powell as its new Director. Charlie has considerable experience in both the public and private sectors and has been involved in a number of high profile food and health...

At least a dozen FCFCG members have been recognised in this year's Green Flag awards.

The 2016 awards were announced last week, with many FCFCG members recognised in the Green Flag Community Award category, including Stonebridge City Farm,...

Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is featured in a new report from ITV, which highlights the importance of the farm to the local community and how it helps many people including vulnerable adults,...

Our Scotland team have produced a number of resources for community growers in the country, drawing on examples from Scottish projects and providing links to country specific sources of further information and advice.

Recent examples include:...

A new Natural England-funded project to demonstrate the enormous benefits of outdoor learning to children and develop a model(s) of using ‘hub’ schools to support and deliver teacher training, is now available.

The project, which is funded by...

The 18th City Harvest Festival - a country show with an urban twist - takes place this year on Saturday 17th September in the grounds of Capel Manor College, London.

This annual celebration of the fabulous work of London's city farms and...

Creating a sustainable food system for Wales, that will help feed the population through a future of uncertain climate and political change, was the focus of a unique event in the Vale of Glamorgan in early July with farmers, community growers and...

This event for staff and volunteers involved in community gardens, and staff from the NHS and other health care services took place on 3rd March 2016.

The event aimed to: increase community growers' understanding of what is involved in being a...

NEHS Grants Programme 2016

Profits from the Harrogate Flower Shows are handed back to the North of England Horticultural Society, enabling the charity to continue its important work in promoting horticulture.

The society launched its...

Gorgie City Farm needs urgent help to raise £100,000 to stop the charity from closing. Rising costs and a serious reduction in external funding means the City Farm is now asking its supporters to help keep the Farm open. Despite cost cutting measures...

Horticulture Week have launched a 'custodian award' to celebrate celebrate the very best in the parks, gardens and tree-management sectors. And the awards include a category for voluntary initiatives. They are looking for exemplary project, a...

Care farming can become a key feature of the UK’s care provision and add millions to the rural economy, according to a new ‘State Of Play’ study unveiled by farming minister George Eustice on Wednesday, April 6.

During a visit to Boscawen care...

The second funding round for the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme opens on 18 April 2016. The scheme is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government...

New guidance aimed at sweeping away confusion around allotment law and helping get more communities growing their own food, has been published by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the Community Land Advisory Service.

The...

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,...

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects...

At the start of 2016 the Community Composting Network (CCN) merged into the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. CCN’s Board and members took this decision recently in the light of financial and human resource constraints and the need to...

The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) will be restructured at the end of March this year, as direct funding in England is coming to an end. CLAS, which is managed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, has been providing...

Swansea’s city farm and a pioneering community garden in the city will take part in a the flagship Marks and Spencer’s campaign ‘Spark Something Good’ this month, which aims to get staff and customers helping out in their local communities.

Two...

A major new report shows compelling evidence that the ‘green care’ offered by many Federation of City Farm and Community Gardens members can help people with mental ill-health and contributes to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression...

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens invited Green MEP Molly Scott Cato to visit St Werburgh’s City Farm in January, to see an example of a successful and long-established city farm, hear more about the community growing movement and...

Grants of up to £20K for environmental projects, including community gardens and orchards, are now available from the new Postcode Local Trust.

The Trust is inviting applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to...

We’re partnering with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder to promote Hugh’s War on Waste, a campaign to change the way the nation thinks about waste.

Community growing groups planning projects aimed at reducing...

Staff at the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in Wales have shown some true festive spirit – by cancelling their Christmas party and donating the money to Swansea Community Farm, which faces closure due to a funding shortfall.

The...

Kevin Moore has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer for longstanding FCFCG member Stepney City Farm. Kevin has been on the farm’s management team since May 2015 and was previously CEO of Walworth Garden Farm.

Kevin said: “Stepney...

The latest edition of the Outdoor Wellbeing Newsletter, which brings lots of news from the Northern Ireland Green Care sector, is available to download using the link below. It includes an article on FCFCG's Clean Hands Zone toolkit and a write-up of...

A pioneering initiative launched to help bring financial sustainability to the UK’s network of community growing groups in the face of dwindling grant funds, has been boosted by a new web platform. Growing Together, a partnership of community and...

A new study has shown that just 30 minutes of gardening a week has a beneficial effect on mental health.

Researchers from Westminster and Essex universities questioned 269 gardeners and non-gardeners with the former describing their feelings...

Community growing groups in East Anglia have the opportunity to get a free hot compost bin as part of an initiative from Anglian Water to encourage households and businesses to avoid putting food waste and fats down the drain and into the sewage...

A celebration to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens work in Scotland was held at the Scottish Parliament, when MSPs and guests were invited to reflect on the support given to Scotland's community growers...

Teachers looking for ways to get kids learning about food, farming and the natural environment now have a new resource to turn to. Countryside Classroom is an educational resource website brought together by a partnership of organisations led by FACE...

A new guide setting out a dozen steps to successful community growing was launched by Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff on Wednesday 23rd September.

The Federation of City Farms and...

A new report produced by FCFCG shows that involvement in community growing can act as a ‘powerful tool’ to help vulnerable people, bring communities together and encourage people to adopt greener and healthier behaviours. 

FCFCG has produced a...

A Glasgow University study on community gardens in the city, including three Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) members, has outlined their positive effect on individuals and communities.

Glasgow’s Community Gardens:...