Community gardens and growing projects can deliver huge benefits.

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Community gardens and growing projects can deliver huge benefits. Their therapeutic value to health and well-being is well-recognised; they can improve the appearance (and market value) of housing estates or an organisation's premises; they provide space for recreation, access to fresh affordable produce, a way-in to teaching about cooking and nutrition; and they can help tackle climate change by supporting a more localised and sustainable food chain.

 

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Community Gardens and Growing Projects

For those looking to get started, The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens provides a comprehensive introduction to setting up, developing and sustaining a community-managed farm, garden or other growing space. It provides easy to read advice on the issues you are likely to face; general information on the key areas and routes to more specific and specialist advice. The Community Growing Resource Pack also includes a series of short films to accompany each of the steps it covers, together with stories and top tips from established projects. Other resources cover areas such as health and safety and engaging volunteers, schools and families.


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The FCFCG also manages the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru), which aims to help community growing groups, landowners - plus others involved in land access - to work together to make more land available for community growing.  

 


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 also runs the Growing Together project, which is designed to help community growing projects become more financially sustainable. Growing Together is a new partnership initiative of community and environmental sector organisations that will unlock income, land and skills for community growing groups to them become financially self-sustaining.

Growing Together has been awarded £800,000 by the Big Lottery Fund, which will enable it to hothouse fresh, innovative ways for local community growing groups to generate their own income. Over the next two years, we will promote the widespread uptake of innovative community enterprise; help people develop business and technical skills and offer advice and training on alternative funding approaches, such as community shares and digital income generation (DIG). The aim is to offer tailored support to provide community growing initiatives with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to move from reliance on grants to a dynamic and balanced income model.​

Growing Together 
Growing Together is a partnership initiative comprising:

  • Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
  • Groundwork UK
  • Incredible Edible Network
  • Permaculture Association
  • Development Trusts Association (Scotland)
  • Wales Cooperative Centre (Wales)
  • Cooperative Alternatives (Northern Ireland)


The work is also supported by a wider network of supporting stakeholders:

  • Action with Communities in Rural England
  • Community Composting Network
  • Community Land Advisory Service
  • Coops UK
  • Development Trusts Association Scotland
  • Garden Organic
  • Plunkett Foundation
  • Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
  • SenScot
  • Soil Association
  • Sustain
     

The Open Spaces Society
The Open Spaces Society was founded in 1865 (originally the Commons Preservation Society), making it Britain's oldest national conservation body. Over the last century the society has preserved commons for the enjoyment of the public. It has also been active in protecting the historical and vital rights-of-way network through England and Wales.

Principal work involves helping and guiding members on how best to protect local common land, town and village greens, open spaces and public paths. The society advises the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and National Assembly for Wales on applications for works on common land, and is notified by local authorities whenever there is a proposal to alter the route of a public right of way. The society also campaigns for changes in legislation to protect paths and spaces.

By-Laws For Village Greens, Commons And Open Spaces
Guidance Notes on Applying for Common Land
Saving Welsh Village Greens From Changes In Planning Law

 

No garden? No problem! 

Incredible Edible Wales projects have used containers and raised beds in public spaces including railway stations, leisure centres and supermarket car parks.

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Extra Support and Guidance

New Welsh Government guidance covers:

  • the law
  • how to establish new sites
  • advice for public and private landowners
  • funding and support
  • growing in schools
  • structures and wider planning concerns
  • the administration of waiting lists

 

Apply for an allotment You should contact your local authority and/or your community council if you are interested in leasing a plot, or finding out about plots in your area.

The National Allotment Society can provide support, guidance and advice to those with an interest in allotment gardening.

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens supports and advises both existing and emerging community growing projects.

The Community Land Advisory Service can provide advice to community growing projects and landowners on leasing and buying land.

 

There are many other inspiring community growing projects which offer training, events and volunteer opportunities. Here are some from different parts of Wales:

Amelia Trust Farm

Barry Community Garden and Allotment (Newydd Housing)

Cae Tan

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Chapter Community Garden

 

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Edible Adamsdown

Erlas Victorian Walled Garden

Field Days Organic (Innovate Trust)

Garth Hillside Organic Garden Education & Outreach Project

Mach Maethlon (Edible Mach)EMLibrary

Mackintosh Community Garden

 

Plasnewydd Community Garden

Riverside Community Markets Association (including Riverside Market Garden and Community Allotment Project)