We really like working with other organisations to support our movement and we have been involved in a number of partnerships and joint projects over the years.
Working this way helps us extend our influence further than would be possible by working on its own. It enables us to create some great benefits for our members as well as raising the profile around issues such as sustainability, healthy eating, education, social enterprise and neighbourhood regeneration.
Catch up on our latest partnerships and projects the initiatives below:
Community Land Advisory Service
The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) tackles the lack of available land for community gardening and associated activities by working with both landowners and community groups.
CLAS provides direct advice from expert advisers located in England, Scotland and Wales. There is also a comprehensive portfolio of information resources – many of them created specially by CLAS - via its website, covering topics such as finding land, information for landowners, planning, negotiating tips and information on leases.
More at: www.communitylandadvice.org.uk
Urban Gardens for the social integration of Migrants (UGAIN)
Nearly 1.5 million migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe since 2015. Countries including Germany, Sweden, Austria, Spain and the UK are struggling to find the best way to integrate so many displaced people and tackle this large humanitarian crisis. One way to help achieve social integration of migrants and refugees is through community and intercultural gardens. These green spaces provide a great opportunity for people from different cultures to get know each other in a peaceful, safe and active environment that enhances their well-being. The UGAIN project will provide NGOs, local government and new or existing community gardeners with the training and support to transform a green space into a meeting point for local citizens and migrants, fostering social integration and cultural change.
More at: www.ugain.online
Gardeniser Pro is a 30 month European Union funded project which began in October 2017. Social Farms & Gardens is working with representatives from France, Germany, Italy and Greece to support the professional development of the garden-organiser. The ultimate goal is to develop an accreditation for the Gardeniser training programme for recognition in vocational education and training systems.
You can read more about Gardeniser Pro in the project’s newsletter here
More at: http://gardeniser.eu
School Farms Network
There are now more than 110 School Farms in the UK. We helped set up and co-ordinates the School Farms Network, which offers support and assistance to school farms, co-ordinates meetings and facilitates the exchange of ideas and information, including peer teacher support. In addition, an e-newsletter is regularly despatched to members to keep them up to date and this webpage is updated with useful information including contact details.
More at: www.schoolfarms.org.uk
Access To Farms/CEVAS
Access To Farms is a partnership of organisations including SF&G that promotes quality educational visits to farms. A training scheme called Countryside Visits Educational Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS). CEVAS offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs. Training is coordinated and delivered by the Access to Farms partnership, and accredited by Credit4Learning, part of the Open College Network (OCN).
Green Flag: Community Green Space Awards
We are a partner in the Green Flag Awards Scheme, working with Keep Britain Tidy, and its respective organisations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
We helped develop the Green Flag Community Award, starting with the Community Green Space Awards Project in Greater Manchester, where Community gardeners and the social housing sector had the opportunity to get support and training to developing thriving community gardens.
Growing Together is now closed. It was a partnership initiative aiming to help community growing groups to thrive financially by finding alternatives to grant funding. Growing Together (supported by the Big Lottery) developed and promoted bright ideas so groups could have a balanced, sustainable income.
More at: www.growingtogether.community