Nottingham Growing Network (NGN)
NGN is a networking initiative that aims to build links between community growing groups in the Nottingham area, who share an interest in gardening with respect and care for the environment.
Evolving from the Garden to Plate Network, NGN will help showcase good practice and provide training. It will give guidance to groups on models and methods of growing that improve the environment, as well as helping to link projects and groups to provide mutual support.
Our focus is on peer-to-peer support. From 1 July, 2016 NGN has had funding from the Postcode Lottery Trust. The focus is on wildlife and will include improving the physical wildlife/environmental features of the gardens involved. The work of the initiative will also be shaped by what groups would like. Membership of the network is open throughout the Nottingham and surrounding area.
NGN has linked up with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens as a local network to support local organisations – including both members and non-members of FCFCG.
You can get more news and updates via the NGN Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nottinghamgrowingnetwork/ and via the events page of this website.
May 2017: Update To Membership
Download a document in PDF format which gives details of the Nottingham Growing Network, plus information and contact details for many of the groups currently involved.
Download: Nottingham Growing Network 2017
Project Background Information
The project will involve:
- Peer-to-peer site visits, training opportunities and practical environmental improvement sessions to promote good practice in wildlife, bio-diversity and community growing and encourage greater awareness of the impact environmental improvements will bring to community engagement and wellbeing.
- Learning to manage different habitats, to address climate change (eg through water conservation/management), developing wildlife trails, will ultimately improve environmental delivery throughout the network.
- Creating more diverse and better managed green spaces, improving urban bio-diversity & species rich habitats. This will lead to more environmentally aware & happier communities (including users and the wider public) with improved wellbeing through improved access to nature/greenspace.
The project will use UK experience to enhance support and networking across Nottingham, piloting a new approach with FCFCG member groups (and others) on the ground, to bring together 20 grassroots community growing & wildlife groups in a new environmental network, making meaningful connections to the City Council and local businesses, schools and the universities to improve the environment.