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!

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...

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in Scotland is monitoring a suspected outbreak of low pathogen Avian Flu at a poultry unit in Fife, on behalf of its members.

Statements from Scottish Government, Food Standards Scotland 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:...