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Project overview 

Resilient Green Spaces is a £1.27m partnership project led by Social Farms & Gardens to pilot alternative re-localised food systems using communities and their green spaces as the driving force for change across Wales until June 2023.

This project is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. 

Six collaborative workstreams delivered by partners, are testing what communities can achieve, given the right support, access to land and freedom to do what they do best: 


1.) Building a National Allotment Development Team 

Social Farms & Gardens have convened Wales’ first Allotment Development Team that supports landowners and managers to meet the growing demand for adequate allotment provision and to improve access for those who are often marginalised from green spaces and healthy food. 

Find out more on our Building a National Allotment Team page.

You can read more on the history of our Welsh allotment work here.

2.) Innovative Food Hubs 

Open Food Network, Development Trust Association Wales and The Landworkers Alliance have joined forces and have established five enterprising and sustainable Food Hubs in communities across Wales to provide food that is good for people, good for the environment and good for local business by promoting short supply chains. 

Find out more on our Innovative Food Hubs page.

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3.) Productive Community Orchards 

Social Farms & Gardens are building on their success working with communities to plant hundreds of new orchards across Wales. We are working with these sites to pilot, monitor and evaluate the more economic benefits that community orchards could provide in addition to the well-recognised social and environmental benefits. 

Find out more on our Productive Community Orchards page.

Read about our previous Welsh Orchards work.

4.) Greener Corridors and Spaces 

Working in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Social Farms & Gardens empower communities to take control of their public green spaces so they are better connected for nature and people. 

Find out more on our Greener Corridors and Spaces page.


5.) Exploring Community Access to Farms and Land 

The Landworkers Alliance and Shared Assets have teamed up to find ways to realise the challenges and opportunities of access to land for new entrants and local communities interested in agroecological farming. 

Click here to read more.

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6.) Building Horticultural Future Farming Skills 

Lantra are using their unmatched knowledge and experience of horticulture training in Wales to develop a pilot training package covering the skills needed to run horticultural farming businesses. Training will be delivered in partnership with Cae Tan CSA and The Landworkers Alliance. Cardiff University Sustainable Places Research Institute are countering negative perceptions of careers in horticulture farming through creative engagements with young people. 

To find out more about the training package and to apply, click here.

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More information

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. 

For more information please contact

The Resilient Green Spaces project is being delivered in partnership by:


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