Grow Loughborough creates friendly fun events to promote the connections between wellbeing, creativity and community gardening.
Our events take place in gardens, local allotments and green spaces, showcasing local projects with a social ethos that offer activities to increase wellbeing, reduce social isolation, encourage creativity and get involved in community gardening.
The project originated in the Open Gardens and Secret Craft Fairs held in Herrick Road in Loughborough, initiated by our, now, project manager in 2013. Since 2018 Grow Loughborough has run two open garden weekends, three open allotment days, managed artist commissions and run creative workshops, by working in partnership with nine artists, six garden owners, twelve local projects and many volunteers - benefiting many many members of the public.
Earlier this year Grow Loughborough entered into the RHS/Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood awards for the first time. The project gained a Level 4 Thriving Award, scoring highly for Community Participation, and was judged to be ‘Overall a very exciting project which will continue to succeed and get even bigger’. We hope to be able to make this possible for 2020!
‘Very nice community feel, really inviting and fun”
“a quiet place to sit and discus ideas with like minded people”
“what a fantastic place the allotments are, and what a wonderful community event!’
Friday, January 1, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, March 31, 2023 - 17:00
Training and networking for care farmers
A programme of national and regional events offered by the Growing Care Farming project. The programme includes regular themed webinars, network meetings, training courses and launch events for those working...
Find local support and advice at this face-to-face meeting, part of a regular programme of bi-annual meetings from the independent Yorkshire and Humber Care Farming Network.
Chaired by Robin Asquith from Camphill Village Trust, and this month hosted...
Our monthly networking sessions are open to anyone involved in care farming and green care, regardless of where you live or what stage you're are at.
As it's not always possible to meet face-to-face at the moment, please do join us and say hello!
Social Farms & Gardens is delighted to announce that Care Farming Development Manager Dr Rachel Bragg has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours for services to academia and Green Care - congratulations Rachel!
Rachel has been a...
Popular picture book character Stick Man is teaming up with local community groups across the UK to encourage urban children to get outdoors and explore the natural world. Fun-filled activity trails have been opened at five community growing sites...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented global impact and we want to ensure we support our members, as we look forward to moving out of this difficult time.
We’ve developed a short survey that builds on the one we ran in April/May 2020, and...
'The Resilience of the Community Growing Sector in Northern Ireland' Report has been published this week and is now available to view.
The report was completed by Social Farms & Gardens in June 2020 during the Covid 19 pandemic...
Nature's Path competition winners Lavender Place Community Garden will be unveiling their new "Nature's Path Wellbeing Garden" at a launch event on Friday 20th August in Reading.
Social Farms & Gardens partnered with Nature's Path to support the...