Scotland

Thinking about setting up a community growing project or care farm in Scotland?

We are here to help you develop and sustain your project. Our friendly Scotland team has lots of hands-on experience of community growing, in all its shapes and sizes, from a small back green to a city farm. We can also refer you to a Social Farms & Gardens’ team with expertise in care farming.  

We are passionate about supporting you because we know the difference your work can make in communities across Scotland.  We can help you build up and make the most of your resources, knowledge and skills, so your project and the community it serves can thrive.  

  • We offer a free and flexible enquiry service to talk through any aspect of your project, from plants to people and everything in between. This is available to everyone - by phone, by email or, where possible, on-site.  
  • We have resources available, created especially for projects based in Scotland.  Go to our Resources Page and type 'Scotland' into the search box on that page to access the resources.
  • Subscribe to our e-bulletin which includes news, events, resources, funding and other opportunities in Scotland. Just email scotland@farmgarden.org.uk with your contact details.

Membership

It’s free to join us and our members in Scotland benefit from the following:

  • Community Learning Exchange Fund – you can apply for funding to visit another project that you can learn from.
  • Enterprise Accelerator – business support for community-based organisations with little or no trading experience.  
  • Pockets and Prospects Fund – you can apply for funding to support members of your community who are directly affected by welfare reform.
  • Regional training and networking events – an opportunity to meet others involved with community growing in your area, to share expertise and learn from each other.  
  • Interpretation of the Scottish policies and legislation that affect your project.
  • Representation at policy level, with funders and other key stakeholders to build support for the work that you do.
  • Plus, all the benefits for our members UK-wide, listed in the link above.   

We hope you will choose to become a member - together we have a stronger voice. You can be part of a growing movement, and we can represent you and the sector most effectively.  

We love to hear from our members or anyone looking to find out more. Our contact details are below. We also have a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter feed for Scotland. Just let us know if you have any content you’d like us to share.  

Would you like to support our work in Scotland or find out more about how we could work together for mutual benefit?

As the benefits of community growing are increasingly understood, there is more demand for our services than ever. More funding would mean that we can do more of what we know works for our growing membership. Please contact us for information on our impact, credentials, and how we make our resources go further. 

Is your organisation looking for bespoke training? Are you a business looking to offer corporate support? Are you interested in partnering with us on an aspect of our work? Or would you like to find out how we can help you in the public sector? Please get in touch for more information.

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Get Involved

To contact us at our office in Edinburgh call 0131 623 7058 or email scotland@farmgarden.org.uk

Anne Gibson, Scotland Development Manager
Tel: 0131 623 7058
email: anne@farmgarden.org.uk

Louisa Evans, Scotland Development Worker
Tel: 0131 623 7058
email: lou@farmgarden.org.uk

 

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Upcoming events

Start / End Date: 30th October, 10:00 to 16:00 (provisional date - to be confirmed)

How to turn garden waste into gardeners' gold in your community garden setting.

A practical, interactive look at producing your own garden compost, successfully and collectively, on site.

Start / End Date: 11th October 2018, 10:00 to 03:30

Are you interested or involved with community growing in Ayrshire? Come along to a day of networking, learning and sharing good practice with others.

Useful Case Studies

From summer 2017- spring 2018, The Federation of City Farms, now known as Social Farms and Gardens with support from Central Green Scotland Network Trust and The Big Lottery ran a pilot mentoring project. The aim was to explore paying experienced...

‘The Back Garden’ was established in 2010 by Annex Communities, on securing a 15-year lease on a piece of waste land owned by the Glasgow West Housing Association (GWHA) and accessing funding from the Climate Challenge Fund. Thereafter, a group of...

The Whitmuir Community Benefit Society Board have been looking into ways of making the growing activities of their 2000m² project less reliant on funding in the future.