Social farming and gardening has transformed community work in Northern Ireland over the past 15 years, and is capable of much more.
Coronavirus COVID -19
If you are in need of support and guidance around any issues related to Covid 19 then we recommend referring to this resource by the NICVA, who have created a dedicated Covid -19 hub page on their website below.
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SF&G is uniquely placed to gather evidence about what works and what is needed. We have had a staff member in Northern Ireland since 2011, and since then we have worked with many of the new and established community growing projects in Northern Ireland. During the past five years we have:
- Focused on capacity-building by advising allotment and community garden groups, organising training and facilitating visits to established sites.
- Convened the biannual Northern Ireland Allotment and Community Garden Forum, bringing together a range of stakeholders from Northern Ireland and the South - councils and local authorities, government agencies, NGOs and allotment and community garden representatives - to meet, share ideas, get to know each other and find out what's going on around the country
- Stimulated cooperation between statutory agencies and the community sector, for example through the workplace allotments at Parliament buildings
Growing Resilience: Digging Deeper
Our 'Growing Resilience: Digging Deeper' project aims to increase social capital and resilience in the community growing sector. On this page you can find the newly published report on 'The Resilience of the Community Growing Sector in Northern Ireland' written during lockdown.
Outdoor Wellbeing Network for NI
The Outdoor Wellbeing Network for Northern Ireland helps to develop and promote green care in Northern Ireland.
On this page
- See below for a map view or list of Social Farms & Gardens members in this Northern Ireland, as well as local news, events and case studies. There are also lots of useful information resources available for social farmers, gardeners and growers on our Resources page.
- If you are looking for members that offer commissioned health, social care or special education services (such as care farms), please follow this link.
|City / County|
|Castlewellan Climate Change Group||Newry|
|Clady Cross Community Development Association||Strabane|
|Colin Glen Allotments & Community Gardens||Belfast|
|Comber Community Garden||Newtownards|
|Common Ground N.I.||BROOKEBOROUGH|
|Drumnaph Community Nature Reserve||Maghera|
|Duneane Allotment Garden||Antrim|
|Eden Allotment Gardens||Carrickfergus|
|Fermanagh Voluntary Association of the Disabled||Enniskillen|
|Friends of Antrim Castle Gardens||Antrim|
If you want to know more about our work in Northern Ireland or want information as a community grower yourself, you can contact:
Northern Ireland Development Coordinator - Patricia Wallace email@example.com
Growing Resilience Project Officer - Miriam Turley firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing Resilience Project Coordinator (Derry/Londonderry) - Conor O'Kane email@example.com
We work with Community Gardens Ireland (CG Ireland), a voluntary organisation that was created in 2011 as an online support network. Visit their website.