Read the evaluation reports from the Social Farms & Gardens Growing Care Farming project (2019-2022). The project aimed to provide more opportunities for people to access care farming services in the UK.


The Growing Care Farming project was part of the Government Programme for Children & Nature supported by Defra, funded by the Department for Education and managed by Natural England. It was delivered by Social Farms & Gardens, in partnership with Thrive.

The project focused on creating more opportunities for children and adults to benefit from the specialist health, care and educational services provided by care farms.

The GCF project provided: 

  • Training 

  • Support and resources 

  • Regional networking

  • Quality assurance 

Read the Growing Care Farming Insight Report, an independent evaluation by the University of Essex. 

Read the Growing Care Farming Final Report, a detailed evaluation of the Growing Care Farming project.