Lockdown Gardening

During the recent Covid 19 crisis, small community growing groups in Northern Ireland diversified their activities, providing food delivery to the vulnerable and isolated, checking in on neighbours through phone-round schemes, and later on in lockdown encouraging their neighbours to grow at home, so that fresh food is still being provided locally.

May Project Gardens

May Project Gardens is an award-winning CIC, working across South London to address poverty, disempowerment, access to resources and influence. We work with marginalised groups, mostly young people, people of colour and refugees, using what we consider universally connecting tools – nature, food and creative arts – for social change.

Impact Hub Bradford

At the heart of Impact Hub Bradford is a platform for social experimentation, our “Civic Collaboratory”; an organisational form that encompasses social processes, collaboration, co-design, formal and informal communication and consensus on principles and values. As both learners and facilitators at the intersection of various key sectors – public, private, voluntary, academic, entrepreneurial, NGOs and academia – the collaboratory is a hub that convenes and creates dialogue across unconnected disciplines.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia is Scotland’s Fifth Estate. Our aim is to transform our media into a vibrant, critical mass of dissident voices; to create a space for writers and artists to collaborate and cross-fertilise their resistance. We aim to give voices to the unheard, to amplify the excluded and the marginalised, and to continue to create a space for self-determination, autonomy and independence.

The Tees Online

We aim to connect the diverse communities of the Tees to forge a united area that is free of inequality and division. We are intensely proud of our area’s assets and achievements, and seek to celebrate and champion these qualities. We recognise though that not everyone can share this pride whilst there are immediate issues affecting them. We aim to address this, through addressing issues of power, voice and participation.

Social Farms & Gardens in NI

Since March Social Farms & Gardens in NI (funded by the People and Communities programme of the National Lottery Community Fund) has worked to enable the growing groups in NI to safely encourage ‘growing in their communities’ as an alternative to ‘community growing’.

Dwellbeing

Dwellbeing is a soon-to-be community benefit society and co-operative in the neighbourhood of Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne. As community members we undertake creative and socially oriented projects which build community knowledge about the issues that affect the neighbourhood including: rapid urban development, gentrification, food poverty and social isolation. We explore alternative models for organising, learning and solidarity which can lead Shieldfield (and other neighbourhoods like it) toward self-reliance, resilience and interdependence.

Permaculture

The Permaculture Responds project will make our network of projects, educators and practitioners and all the brilliant learning and practice that we have built up over the years, more accessible to more people. We will support people to get involved through events, increased communications and bursary places on the new online learning course.

Radical Herbalism Gathering & Network

As a collective of medical herbalists, healthcare activists, bodyworkers and designers we have organised Radical Herbalism gatherings for the past eight years. We’re currently offering information and resources through our website, addressing the COVID-19 crisis through the lens of healthcare inequality and race-based and other injustices, with solidarity and support for people and communities experiencing the pandemic and its effects disproportionately.

Community Apothecary

A vision of a community herbal healthcare hub formed around medicine gardens, with a circular, mutually-supported flow of resources that are responsive to the diversity of the community and its healthcare needs. Plants grown, foraged, harvested collectively and made into medicine communally with skill-sharing and knowledge-building through practical learning at the heart of the process.

Ashburnham Place

At Ashburnham Place we are developing two sites – one in our four acre Walled Garden and another in a slightly wilder area of woodland and field; this area is called Friar’s Field. The long-term purpose of both is to provide experience and training that helps others on their journey toward gentler, more sustainable and connected ways of living.

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