Community Growing

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Video: Community Foodie

This Community Foodie Project video shares information about community food growing in rural areas of Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen (South Wales). Through the support of the Community Foodie Project, local communities have created areas that offer an abundance of locally grown food, as well as education, improvement of health and well-being, social inclusion etc.

The film gives an insight into various land-based issues, as well as inspiration around community food growing. Visit www.communityfoodie.co.uk for more details.

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Applying for grants on rented land

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This document provides guidance on applying for grants when a project operates on rented land. It deals with grants for community groups, not farm grants (Stewardship, Single Farm Payment etc). Eligibility for a grant may depend on proving how long the group has the land for, as funders often want to make sure that the project will be around long enough to get the maximum benefit from the grant.

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Case Study: The Book People, Surrey

Staff at The Book People have been growing their own produce for four years, courtesy of a popular workplace garden scheme set up in 2009. There are 31 garden plots available for use over three sites and all are free of charge for staff to use. The largest is at the head office in Godalming, where an old kitchen garden has been converted into a series of 1 x 2 metre plots. The other two are on industrial sites at Bangor and Haydock, next to book warehouses. These are particularly appreciated as there is little green space locally.

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Case Study: Fordhall Farm, Shropshire

The Fordhall Community Land Initiative is an industrial and Provident Society with charitable status. It is currently owned by over 8000 shareholders and demonstrates what can be achieved by private landowners and communities working together.

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Case Study: London Road Community Garden, Brighton

This short case study highlights an example of community growing on railway land, including stations and marginal land next to tracks. Groups that work on railway land need to go through a process to ensure the work is safe and they often require raised beds to avoid risk of contaminated ground. Network Rail owns all railway land but most land at stations is leased to train operators, who often have ‘Adopt a Station’ schemes.

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Case Study: Stroud Community Agriculture

Built on cooperation and mutual support the risks and rewards of farming are shared between the farmers and consumers. The consumers commit themselves to supporting the farm and providing a fair income for the farmers. The farmers can then develop the health and fertility of the farm, its wildlife and environment. All the produce from the farm is shared between the supporting consumers or sold locally if there is a surplus.

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Case Study: Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens

The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens is an NHS Lothian initiative with a mission to make opportunities for good food and healthy lifestyles available to the local communities in which NHS Lothian hospitals are based. The gardens have a particular focus on welcoming people who are experiencing mental or physical health problems, disadvantage, isolation or poverty.

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Case Study: Incredible Edible, Todmorden

A local food coaltion in Northern England. A group of passionate committed local people are aiming to provide access to good local food for all, through working together, learning – from field to classroom to kitchen - and supporting local business.

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