Quality assurance with the Social Farms & Gardens Green Care Quality Mark

The Green Care Quality Mark is a sector-wide quality assurance accreditation for green care providers. The Quality Mark shows that you run a safe, professional organisation and look after the people and animals in your care.

You might be a care farmer, a community garden offering Social & Therapeutic Horticulture, an Animal Assisted Therapy provider or involved in any other type of land-based delivery.

The Green Care Quality Mark helps you reach the minimum standards you need to meet as a green care provider. It also helps you to understand the requirements of commissioners, referral agencies and service users.

The Green Care Quality Mark is site-specific annual accreditation. It is assessed by experienced green care providers and currently costs £60 per year, but will be rising to £100 from 1st May 2024. 

You can find a map showing which organisations have already gained the Award and those who are working toward it here - link (this map will open on a new page in your browser).

How to apply

1. Download the Green Care Quality Mark framework

Take a look at what's covered in the Green Care Quality Mark, which is structured in three sections:

  1. Organisation: We run a responsible organisation
  2. People: We care about the people we work with
  3. Safety: Our green care site is a safe place to be

2. When you're ready, apply for assessment online 
Our experienced peer reviewers will assess your online application

3. Get your Quality Mark status
When you pass the Quality Mark you’ll receive a certificate and be able to use the Quality Mark logo on your website and materials.

4. Maintain with a yearly compliance check 
Keep your Quality Mark status each year with our rolling annual compliance process. 

If you have any questions about the Green Care Quality Mark, please get in touch with us at [email protected]  

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"Our farm is a place for growing lives, aspirations and abilities. We are proud that we have attained the Green Care Quality Mark."

Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle

"Achieving our Green Care Quality Mark offers reassurance about our capacity to provide a safe, enjoyable and enriching experience."

Second Chance, Hereford