Scotland

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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.

Coronavirus COVID - 19 

Re-opening Guidelines

*Good news* - The Scottish Government has released guidelines for reopening community growing spaces - view them here

Signage

We have produced some signage (as mentioned in the guidelines) for you to print here. If you can’t access a printer or a laminator do let us know.

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Implementing these measures will enable us to get back into our amazing garden spaces and take some respite with nature, enjoy some company (albeit from a distance!) and hopefully some harvest. Don’t despair if you encounter long grass or weeds - a little bit of wildness will have worked wonders for wildlife. 

Now, more than ever we need local responses to food and a positive focus for people to engage with. Your work truly makes a difference. 

Do contact us if you’d like some support to reset your activity or have any particular concerns you need support and guidance with scotland@farmgarden.org.uk.

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


Advisory service

We offer a free enquiry service for anyone looking for support with their idea. The service provides valuable advice on key topics ranging from composting to volunteer engagement; as well as signposting to key contacts and simply being able to talk a practice issue through.  We welcome approaches not only from communities needing support, but also agencies looking to support them; such as local authorities, third sector interfaces or housing associations. 

News bulletin

Subscribe (link to scotland@farmgarden.org.uk) to our monthly bulletin with news, events, resources and funding.

Peer to peer exchange

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

Enterprise support

Would you like to develop some trading activity in your setting but need help to do so? The Accelerate- Enterprise Programme might be able to support you with this. 

Training

We can offer 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 ‘Grow Your Own Working Group’  partnership. 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: lou@farmgarden.org.uk

 

Scotland

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City / County
Grassy Riggs Midlothian
Green Routes Stirling
Green Tree Remedies Dumbarton
Greener Kirkcaldy - Ravenscraig Community Orchard Kirkcaldy, Fife
Greenheart Growers Glasgow
Greenspace Scotland Stirling
Grow 73 Glasgow
Grow West Fife Culross
Growing Beardmore Clydebank
Growing Matters North Berwick, East Lothian
GS Outdoor Services Crieff
Helmsdale Kitchen Garden Helmsdale

Get Involved

To contact our Scotland team please call 07543 035435 or email scotland@farmgarden.org.uk

Louisa Evans, Scotland Development Worker
email: lou@farmgarden.org.uk

Karen Davidson, Scotland Advisor
email: karen@farmgarden.org.uk

 

Latest news

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Upcoming events

SF&G have launched a series of online webinars designed to help members tackle the most pressing concerns arising from this crisis, and to share best practice and inspiration from around the country. Themes are based on what members told us were the most immediate and challenging issues.

Free webinar on the 'European Gardeniser Training'. A Gardeniser (garden-organiser) is a key coordinating role working inside the community or urban garden. Learn more about how this program has been developed, what the training consists of and how the new online platform works as well as future...

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...