Northern Ireland

Community Gardening has transformed community work in Northern Ireland over the past 15 years, and is capable of much more, even in uncertain funding circumstances. FCFCG 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. We are involved in several ongoing projects:

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

See below for a map view or list of local community growing sites, as well as local news, events and case studies. There are lots of useful information resources available for Northern Ireland community growers on our Resources page.

You can also get useful information via the FCFCG Northern Ireland Facebook page: facebook_button.png

 

Northern Ireland

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Get in touch

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 Manager - Susan Lynn  susan@farmgarden.org.uk or tel: 07738921719

Growing Resilience Project Officer - Miriam Turley  miriam@farmgarden.org.uk or tel: 07725699442

We work with Community Gardens Ireland (CG Ireland), a voluntary organisation that was created in 2011 as an online support network. Visit their website.

 

Latest news in this region

A conference exploring and celebrating the links between community growing, care farming, health and wellbeing will take place in Manchester in April, which will also mark the official launch of a major new organisation following the merger of the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens...

A major new organisation to support and promote land-based community development, green care and social care will be launched in April, following an agreement to merge between the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and Care Farming UK.

The new organisation will build on the...

Upcoming events in this region

Start/End Date: 24-25 April 2018

Growing Better Lives 2018 is a conference exploring and celebrating the links between community growing, care farming, health and well-being. It is aimed at community growing and care farming practitioners, health commissioners, policy makers and...

Useful Case Studies

The Northern Ireland team working with the Belfast Food Network recently made a fruitful connection between a social and therapeutic horticulture project and a local café, strengthening local supply chain connections, and bringing lovely fresh veg...

FCFCG member groups provide the inspiration for these videos, created as part of our Tyfu Pobl programme in Wales but of interest to viewers across the UK, which shows our members in action and illustrate how the support of FCFCG has helped in their...