Community Growing


Case Study: Our Garden (Brit Growers)

A lively community site in Evanstown near Bridgend, the aptly named ‘Our Garden’ has a wide mix of users from across the Ogmore Valley, and is used daily by local people who go to tend their plot or to simply sit and chat with friends and neighbours. They formerly derelict site was transformed after an approach to the landowner, a housing association.


Land For Bees

If you have a community garden or other growing space, you may want to consider keeping bees.  You could look after them yourself, or offer a site for beehives in on your garden. Below is what you need to know about land and community bee keeping.


Video: Chilterns Community CIC

A video from Shared Assets about a new community interest company being spun out from the woodland service at Wycombe District Council to manage 14 local authority owned woodlands.

Chiltern Rangers CIC from Shared Assets on Vimeo.



Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.


Video: East Reservoir Community Garden

Click on the link below to view this short film from Shared Assets, a social enterprise that supports collaboration between landowners and enterprising communities who want to manage their local woodlands, waterways and green spaces. The film looks at the work being done at East Reservoir Community Garden - managing land belonging to Thames Water adjacent to East Reservoir in Hackney, London to enrich biodiversity and create a community garden.


Useful Link: RHS It's Your Neighbourhood

The Royal Horticultural Society runs a campaign called It’s Your Neighbourhood, which supports local community groups in cleaning up and greening up their local area. The website also contains advice on gardening for schools and children, as well as useful horticultural information. To find out more visit: 



Community Supported Grazing

Community Supported Grazing (CSG) is an arrangement where local groups, landowners and other stakeholders contribute to keeping grazing animals. There are various models in use and many have structures and practices in common with Community Supported Agriculture (there is more on CSAs, including case studies, at


Community Shares Briefing

Community shares are a way for an enterprise with a social purpose to raise capital. Community shares are not used in the same way as loans, grants, gifts or company shares.  For the right enterprise, they have several advantages as a way of bringing investment - but they do not suit every organisation. To find out more download the briefing document below, which was created by Growing Together, a partnership initiative led by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which is supporting and developing alternative way for communities to gain money, skills and land.


Valuing Grasslands - Environmental Impact Assessment

Community gardens value their local natural environments and are keen to look after native ecosystems. However, some may overlook the habitat value of grassland.

While grassland may not always look appealing or exciting, some areas contain very active and precious ecosystems which should not be disturbed. For example, they may contain wildflowers that are becoming rarer and support a wide range of insects, mammals and birds of prey that feed on them.


Vision: Land Access For Sustainable Cities

This CLAS visioning document is aimed at stakeholders who have an interest or influence in land-based policy at town, city or area-wide level.

It suggests a number of measures and practical actions that can be taken to improve access to land for small-scale and community food growing.

The actions listed here are part of the CLAS remit to influence policy at local, regional and national level, with the aim of making more land available for community growing.



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