Food Growing - Edible Estates 14: Support and useful links

Other Support

The Big Dig provides training and advice to community food volunteers, and engages other volunteers through corporate social opportunities and work with schools.  It also runs a national Big Dig day to engage people in a day of volunteering at their local growing space.  

Business in the Community runs campaigns to involve businesses in their local community, including activities to encourage corporate volunteering.  

Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS)  is managed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and provides an impartial, collaborative service aiming to increase community access to land across the UK. CLAS helps communities and land managers gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing guidance on technical lease agreements and related issues.  

Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Its mission is to reach out through schools to give communities access to seasonal, local and organic food, and to the skills they need to cook and grow fresh food for themselves.  

Garden Organic is the UK's leading organic growing charity and has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years.  It is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.   

Groundwork supports communities in need, working with partners to help improve the quality of people’s lives, their prospects and potential and the places where they live, work and play.   

Healthy Places have detailed information on the legal environment, local planning, local transport planning, local health and sustainability, and local alcohol control. They give an outline of local structures and responsibilities in each area - at the time when the research was conducted.  

Landshare aims to become a UK-wide initiative to make British land more productive and fresh, and local produce more accessible to all.

The Permaculture Association is the national charity that supports people to learn about and use permaculture.  Permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats based on an ecological design system that inspires and empowers us to create our own solutions to local and global problems, creating healthy productive places to work, rest and play.  

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture, and provides support to community groups wanting to improve their neighbourhood.

Trees for Cities works with communities to plant trees in parts of cities that need it most. They grow stronger neighbourhoods, enhance urban landscapes and improve health and happiness.  

The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places. Through their environmental projects and network of 2,000 community groups, people are taking responsibility for their own local environments.  

Transition Network - many people and groups are forming transition networks in their local area, to develop initiatives that build resilience and reduce greenhouse gases, and often these are linked to food.

The Wildlife Trusts want to help nature to recover from the decline that for decades has been the staple diet of scientific studies and news stories. They believe passionately that wildlife and natural processes need to have space to thrive, beyond designated nature reserves and other protected sites. 

Women’s Environment Network was set up in 1988, and is the only organisation working for women and the environment.

Useful links

  • Sample Constitution for food growing groups is available below.

Allotments Regeneration Initiative

Garden Organic  

Royal Horticultural Society

Sustain & Capital Growth

Vertical Veg