Creating a 'Garden of Sanctuary'

For many people arriving to seek asylum in the UK, community growing spaces can offer vital and unique opportunities to find community, improve mental and physical health and to learn and share skills. These resources have been designed to encourage and support community growing groups to welcome people seeking sanctuary.

Social Farms & Gardens, City of Sanctuary and the Permaculture Association are working together to support and inspire some of the thousands of community growing spaces in the UK to become places of sanctuary for people forced to flee from persecution.

For the past year the Gardens of Sanctuary partnership project has been conducting research into how community growing spaces of all kinds interact with refugees and asylum seekers.

A report based on the project's research findings, a series of case studies and a ‘Gardens of Sanctuary Resource Pack’ have now been published. You can download these below.

  • Resource pack -  Designed to encourage and support community growing groups to welcome people seeking sanctuary.
  • Case studies -  Around the UK there are some fantastic examples of growing spaces led by, and offering opportunities to, people who have been forced to seek sanctuary. These case studies have been documented to share ideas and to encourage more growing spaces to become gardens of sanctuary.
  • Report - Offers a summary of our findings from the case studies, online survey and literature review. It is designed to support community growing groups and others with funding bids and research projects.

For further information about the project visit the website or contact: gardens@cityofsanctuary.org