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 FCFCG-led partnership, Growing Together is delighted to have worked with the Community Land Advisory Service [CLAS] Scotland to provide this timely and important tool for communities in Scotland.

This resource provides information and...

Measures to protect chickens and other captive birds against Avian Flu have been announced in England, Scotland and Wales, following the discovery of a highly infectious strain of the H5N8 virus in Europe. A protection zone is now in place in the...

A new UK-wide campaign, inspiring people to become ‘Local Heroes’ by taking action to support community growing groups in their neighbourhoods, has been officially launched today. Professional gardener and BBC broadcaster Christine Walkden is kicking...

Woodlands Community Garden in Glasgow has won £10,000 worth of National Garden Vouchers as the overall winner in a national competition run by TV gardener David Domoney.

David, who presents ITV's Love Your Garden and has a column in the Sunday...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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:...