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Our small but dedicated team in Scotland draw on many years of experience to work directly with groups across Scotland, enabling them to develop and improve their greenspace and nature-based activities.

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Growing Back Stronger: the Community Growing Sector and a Healthier, Greener and Fairer Scotland

SF&G Scotland have launched a new report that examines the state of the sector a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

The community growing sector’s experiences of COVID-19, as projects, communities and individuals has differed widely. Projects and partners across Scotland have come together and reached out over the last year to share and discuss our challenges and opportunities, to seek support and guidance. These insights are enlightening both as to the ‘state of the sector’ and the role it can play in recovery and renewal.

Our experiences may have differed, however, many of us share hope and a clear ambition to play a bigger part. Through over 80 voices, from across Scotland we share the reflections and lessons, the adaptions we have made through uncertainty and change, and the various stages of lockdown.

Click here to read the full report.

Re-opening Guidelines

For the latest updates on the safe use of community gardens please see the guidelines here. We appreciate restrictions and exemptions differ considerably across different local authorities. 

Guidance

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 Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations:

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

It contains information on emergency funding, supporting volunteers, moving your support online and HR, to postponing your AGM and much more.

For our full Coronavirus COVID - 19 support page click here

Green health benefits are increasingly recognised by our policy environment in Scotland

Our role is to support communities to adopt an asset-based approach that enables them to develop, thrive and sustain - evolving with the people they serve. We bring expertise from our members and partners using a peer to peer delivery approach that saves time and money - helping people to get it right . We work closely with the Scottish Government to help shape and enact policies and practice that can support and deliver sustainable change.

Our members are climate champions

They work with nature; building and nurturing healthier soils, gardening with wildlife and offering a broad range of educational opportunities to communities on growing and sharing local food. Increasing numbers function as hubs, sharing opportunities and services such as the redistribution of surplus food, clothes swaps and as facilities for health and wellbeing groups. Our support helps them to go further.

On this page

  • Find out more about our work in Scotland and how we can help
  • See below for a map view or list of Social Farms & Gardens members in Scotland, 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.

How we can help


News bulletin

Subscribe (link to [email protected]) to our monthly bulletin with news, events, resources and funding.

Peer to peer exchange

Our members can access The Community Learning Exchange Virtual. A Scottish government programme that supports groups to explore and develop an idea directly with another group that has experience to share.

Training

We can offer competitively priced tailored training for sites or groups.  Rather than teaching every individual to be a community gardener we seek to identify and coach leaders of activity to develop their skills and capacity in delivering practical and engaging garden related activities irrespective of age or ability. We are experts in delivering a broad range of topics from ‘Designing and running community consultation’, ‘Essentials to garden design’, ‘Designing a programme for year-round engagement’ and ‘Income generation’ to’ Effective composting in your setting.’

Food growing strategies

We work with a range of agencies involved in writing and consulting on their Food Growing Strategies - supporting people to identify and enact their approach and networking them with other partners with similar experience. We represent the members we serve through our advocacy and public affairs work combined with our role coordinating the Community Growing Forum Scotland. This means we are uniquely placed in leading on the key issues that we know are important to our communities - including health and wellbeing, and climate change.

If you’d like to know more about working collaboratively we’d love to hear from you, please contact: scotland@farmgarden.org.uk

Scotland

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City / County City / Suburb Contact ID
Blackhill's Growing Glasgow Glasgow 61368
Blooming Gardeners Ross-shire Ross-shire 68478
Blossoming Animals Shotts Shotts 78462
Bonhill Community Garden Alexandria Alexandria 68129
Bonnymuir Green Community Trust Aberdeen Aberdeen 63007
Bothwell Community Garden Glasgow Glasgow 44813
Breaking Ground Irvine Irvine 61473
Bridgend Farmhouse CBS Edinburgh Edinburgh 68674
Brighter Bervie Montrose Montrose 58005
Broughton Community Woodland Biggar Biggar 61023
Broxburn and Uphall Growers Society Broxburn Broxburn 66777
Burnfoot Community Futures Hawick Hawick 61789

Latest news

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Upcoming events

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An online course for people interested in setting up a care farm. Get an introduction to care farming and the basics of starting up. 

 

Online, accessible anytime 

An online course for new and established care farmers. Take a detailed look at care farming and developing good practice on your farm.

 

Gardeniser Pro Training, Spring 2024

Gardeniser Pro provides a formal qualification that recognises the professional skills required for an organising role within a community garden, farm or growing space. This course contains ‘everything you need to know about running a community...

Useful Case Studies

Glenfinart Walled Garden is community owned and run by volunteers, many of whom have health issues.

Starting from scratch in June 2018, Winchburgh is now a fresh food destination. Winchburgh Community Growing Group are growing food for the whole community all over the village – and they don’t even have a site yet!

REAP, which stands for Rural Environmental Action Project, works in the North East of Scotland to raise environmental awareness, tackle economic inequality and engage in social enterprise. SF&G spoke to Ann Davidson, who has been part of this...