Resources

The Information You Need

One of the things our members (and would-be members!) find useful is our depth of knowledge and the useful information we provide. Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin to look for key information on aspects of community growing. That's why we have gathered so much vital information in our Resources Section - including our famously comprehensive Community Growing Resource Packs.

We have divided Resources up into broad categories (see the headings below) and you can search using keywords too. If there is anything else you need to know, we are here to help, just contact one of Our Team in an office near you.

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A partnership, led by FCFCG, working to promote greater financial sustainability among community growing projects. Resources available on Digital Income Generation, crowd funding and other innovative income generation...

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Provides detailed information. Your local library or Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) or other local organisations may have copies or follow the link below for further information from the publisher, Directory of Social...

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Lots of useful information on procudures for running a community organisation.

www.dsc.org.uk/publications

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Lots of useful information on procudures for running a community organisation.

www.dsc.org.uk/publications

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The Community Land Advisory Service operates in England, Scotland and Wales, providing comprehensive information and free hands-on advice - for both landowners and community growing groups - from expert advisors on issues such...

The purpose of this guidance is to help community gardens or farms establish a café that can generate an income to help support the rest of the site.

 

 

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Tips and advice for groups running Have A Grow Day events in Wales.

FCFCG Scotland ran a pilot mentor scheme from April 2017 with support from the Big Lottery Investing in Ideas Fund and the Central Scotland Green Network Trust Development Fund. The premise was to trial a new approach to...

Projects from across Wales and beyond came together for the 2017 Tyfu Fyny Annual CSA Gathering in September. This is a summary of the meeting and provides access to all the workshop reports, presentations, videos and other...

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SROI puts a financial value on the impact of an activity that otherwise may not be given value and therefore may not feature in decision making. This study, carried out in 2011, demonstrate the positive social impacts that...

The Open University has a wide range of free online courses which could be of interest to managers and trustees of community growing projects.

For example, the Open University's Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership...

Having adequate insurance cover is vital for all city farms and community gardens. Groups will need both Public Liability Insurance (to cover visitors) and Employers’ Liability Insurance (to cover both employees and/or...

School Food Matters campaigns for fresh sustainable food in schools and promotes food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms. It's mission is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school...

Our Scotland team have produced two case studies about community gardens who either have school groups regularly using their site, or who have their garden based on school grounds.

Each case study highlights both the...

With the massive groundswell in community growing the relevance of developing a collective voice is stronger than ever. This factsheet has been written by our Scottish team to help you establish a network in your area,...

These case studies have been prepared to provide illustrations of how community gardens can both contribute to and benefit from improved biodiversity.

Produced by our Scotland team, each case study highlights elements...

This factsheet describes what biodiversity is and why it is important, how your garden can contribute to increasing biodiversity and how gardening with wildlife in mind can help your project. Includes top tips and advice on...

The Access to Farms Partnership, which includes FCFCG, has released a practical Risk Management Tool to help farmers and other farm visitor attractions look at their venues and plan ways to make the best use of their...

We all have to answer the call of nature: yet the chances are that if you are working on your allotment plot or community garden, the back of a hedge is your only option. Installing a toilet can make it easier to attract new...

Countryside Classroom is the largest ever partnership of organisations committed to helping children learn about food, farming and the natural environment. Led by Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), the founding...

A comprehensive toolkit created by FCFCG, to help community growing groups, particularly those who are more established, with the process of recording and archiving their valuable history.
 

Helps develop strategies and solutions to vandalism and security issues on allotment sites.

Factsheet published by the Allotments Regeneration Initiative 2011.

Allotments provide a number of health and social benefits but are often inaccessible for the people they could most benefit. Many managers and associations are keen to improve access to their sites. The need to do so is...

Unlike most commercial farms, livestock reared and kept on city farms have contact with large numbers of people, many of whom will have no experience of livestock and may not know how to behave around farm animals. Close...

NCVO connects, represent and support voluntary organisations in England. Huge range of resources and information on all aspects of running a voluntary organisation.

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All gardens begin with good intentions, but because of the absence of a workable long term management plan some can become derelict and unloved. This guide outlines good practice to ensure the long term sustainabilty of...

There are many reasons for a school garden and lots of different designs to suit every objective. This handout from FCFCG's Community Garden Training Course provides suggestions to get you thinking. Each one can be adapted to...

Lots of useful publications including 'The Complete Fundraising Handbook', 'Complete Charity Media Skills Training' and DIY guides to publicity and public relations, 'Just about Managing' and 'Voluntary but not amateur'.

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Factsheets including ‘How to use the media’, with advice on writing a press release and being interviewed and ‘How to design effectively'.

www.foe.co...

Works in partnership with the media industry to support the voluntary sector's communication needs. Programme of workshops and seminars.

www.mediatrust.org

A quick guide to planning and holding a successful public meeting, prepared as part of FCFCG's Community Gardening Training Course.

Care Farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices. Care Farming UK wants to provide a voice and supportive services for care farmers, to inspire decision makers and to develop policies and actions that will support care...

A nationally recognised accreditation, this scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

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Recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales managed by voluntary and community groups.

www.greenflagaward.org.uk

One of a number of useful factsheets produced by Trellis, the organisation supporting therapeutic horticulture in Scotland.

www.trellisscotland.org....

BEN reaches out to ethnic communities in order to stimulate participation. It also helps mainstream organisations gain the necessary awareness and skils to work effectively with ethnic communities. The website gives access to...

Since 1990 LTL has been helping schools across the UK to bring lasting improvements to the environmental quality and educational use of their grounds. Lots of useful publications for all ages and stages of the curriculum. ...

So as a board member or manager you'll never have to say "I wish I'd said something sooner".

www.dtascot.org.uk/content/publications

Focussing on green projects, this guide aims to inform monitoring and evaluation of work by community groups to help demonstrate the impact of your work.

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Focussing on food projects, this guide aims to inform monitoring and evaluation of work by community groups to help demonstrate the impact of your work.

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Payroll giving is one of the most tax-effective ways to donate to charity. This website explains how the system works.

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In opening your project to visits from children and young people your aim will be to create a welcoming, enjoyable, informative and safe environment. This guidance sheet outlines the things you should consider before hosting...

Rules and regulations around employment are constantly updated. Kepp up to date via the Government's own website.

www.gov.uk/browse/working

A national charity leading UK volunteering in policy and practice.

http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk

Wide range of short courses for those involved in community and environmental work.

www.tcv.org.uk

The aim of DBS checks is to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults who may volunteer or visit your project. Getting a DBS disclosure is a legal obligation in some circumstances, or a requirement for insurance...

The purpose of this Code of Practice is to help ensure visitor health and safety by provdiing sensible, practical and proportionate guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attracctions.

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Guidance from HSE to help businesses ensure they have met their legal responsibilities to take reasonable steps to prevent people coming to harm in the workplace.

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There are opportunities for communities to explore the incorporation of renewable energy schemes as part of their project, which over a number of years could then begin to generate an income into the project. Examples include...

Specialised funding website.

www.fundraising.co.uk

Specialised funding website.

www.acf.org.uk

Specialised funding website.

www.grantsonline.org.uk

Specialised funding website.

www.j4bcommunity.co.uk

Specialised funding website.

www.trustfunding.org.uk

A joint website run by all Lottery funders in the UK, including the Big Lottery Fund and Awards for All.

www.lotteryfunding.org.uk

Provides a foundation ofr understanding the role played by finance in your organisation.

www.uk.coop/resources/simply-finance

Produce a publication called 'Just about managing? Effective management for voluntary organisations and community groups'.

www.lvsc.org.uk

A network of professional firms giving pro bono advice to community groups.

www.bitc.org.uk/programmes/prohelp

A network of people experienced in advising small community groups.

Several useful publications, including: ‘Charity reporting and accounting: The essentials’ (CC15a); ‘The essential trustee: What you need to know’ (CC3); and 'Managing charity assets and resources: an overview for trustees’(...

Sample toolkit available to help with business planning.

www.voluntaryworks.org/support/business-planning

A tool to help you select the right structure for your organisation.

www.uk.coop/our-work/select-structure-tool

Useful checklist for considering legal structure options for your organisation.

www.uk.coop/simplylegal

A joint UK-based initiative by the RHS and the Wildlife Trusts giving information, project ideas and a monthly newsletter aimed at attracting more wildlife to your garden.

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For information on how to test your soil visit the BBC website.

www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/...

Can provide list of companies providing soil testing services.

www.soilassociation.org

Expert advice, guidance and support on taking ownership and/or management of under-used land and buildings.

http://locality.org.uk/our...

Explains the role of Local Government in the UK's democratic system.

www.local.gov.uk

Types of council, decision making, spending and accounts, local councillors and elections, and how to make a complaint.

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National citizen science surveys. Resources and information on how to take part.

www.opalexplorenature.org/surveys

An information network of biodiversity data provided by a collaboration of organisations, such as the UK nature agencies, wildlife trusts and the Natural History Museum.

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Meanwhile Space works with landlords, landowners, developers and local authorities to advise and deliver projects that relieve them temporarily of liabilities (insurance, rates, security etc.) associated with holding redundant...

Royal Horticultural Society grassroots community gardening campaign helping people to make lasting improvements to their local areas.

Toolkits available to help get projects off the ground on social housing estates.

www.neighbourhoodsgreen.org.uk

A report with useful information about this option for finding a site.

www.localfood.org.uk/Food-from-the-Urban-Fringe.pdf

Free, independent, professional advice on planning issues.

www.rtpi.org.uk/planning-aid

A guide to growing on contaminated land has been produced by the Grow your own Scotland working group. The principles outlined in the guide apply anywhere.

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Information on volunteering and social action in Scotland.

www.scvo.org.uk

Whatever your group is doing, from producing a newsletter to putting on a funday, from organising an AGM to running a sports club, the Resource Centre has a service designed to make things easier for you.

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Useful information on community organisations and setting up.

www.communitymatters.org.uk

Information on volunteering and social action in Scotland.

www.vascotland.org

Information on volunteering and social action in Wales.

www.wcva.org.uk

Information on volunteering and social action in England.

www.navca.org.uk