Growing Communities - Get Inspired
We guide, inspire, advise, showcase and represent hundreds of community growing groups right across the UK.
We love giving practical support like site visits, training courses and networking events. If our members want guidance on important areas like employment issues, or governance training, or site design, or if they simply want to know the best way to build a raised veg bed, we are there to help.
Then there’s the other useful stuff we do, like our online information resources or spreading the word about our members inspirational success, as well as providing e-newsletters and social media updates full of useful items.
We advocate on behalf of our members with regional, national and international bodies, ensuring their issues and needs are under the eyes - and on the minds - of decision makers. And working in partnership with other organisations means we can create positive action on crucial issues. Partnership working also allows us to help members bring further benefits to their local communities.
We also offer services to any other organisation running a community farm or garden (for example local authorities, schools, trusts, hospitals, housing associations and public buildings).
Our work helps:
- 200 city and school farms
- 1,000 community gardens
- 200 city farms and community gardens in development
Between them our members employ around 550 people, engage and empower thousands of volunteers and attract over three million visitors each year. Their estimated combined annual turnover is £40 million.
Improving People's Lives
Many people assume that city farms and community gardens and other green spaces are just nice places to visit where plants are grown and animals kept. But that is far from the whole picture.
Not only do the community projects we support and nurture manage to create a patch of welcoming green space, many of them also offer an amazing array of benefits and opportunities, which can include education programmes, play schemes, healthy living initiatives, work and skills training, social enterprises, volunteer opportunities, environmental schemes, horticultural therapy groups, facilities for people with disabilities…the list goes on and on!