Greening Communities

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Seeds for Growth is identifying underused land on social housing estates and then engaging with the local tenants to establish a group leading the establishment of community gardens: a place to sit and chat, for children to play in a safe environment, to meet neighbours and make new friends, to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. There are many brilliant benefits from being out of doors and taking some exercise.

Let us know if you have suitable land in your local area or housing estate and we can work together to create your own community garden! Contact us here.

There are numerous health, social and environmental benefits to having community gardens, many of which we have documented in our new report on the benefits of community gardens! 

Click to download our 2020 report, Community Gardens: Health, Social and Environmental Benefits.

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Below you can watch video about our most recent community garden regeneration projects in the Isle of Dogs.

Photos from some of our previous Greening Communities projects.

There are numerous benefits to having community gardens:

Underused and or neglected land within housing estates will be regularly used by a broad range of people from the estate and welcoming people from the surrounding communities.
New public parks will be created.
Health improved through being out of doors and from the physical exercise of gardening, maintaining the orchard and other trees.
New wildlife habitat provided.
Improved access to wildlife.
The enjoyment of growing flowers.
Enhanced health from consuming fresh fruit and vegetables grown.
Children’s awareness of how food is grown enhanced.
New natural safe play spaces for children.
Planting a new orchard and other trees.
Tree nurseries to grow and plant trees for the broader area.
Enhanced confidence, empowering the community to be better able to address challenges, such as anti-social behaviour.
Avoid land waste.
Promote healthier living.
Reduce negative climate change impact.
Improve air quality via the plants and trees.
Encourage being out of doors and physical activity.
Reduce poor diet related sickness via eating locally grown fresh food – Type 2
Diabetes, Cardiovascular problems and obesity.
Store carbon.
Enhance biodiversity and ecological resilience.
Conserve and enhance wildlife in natural habits.
Increase tree cover.
Enhance the self-confidence and well-being of communities.