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Social Farms & Gardens
Social Farms & Gardens is the new name for Care Farming UK, following its merger in April 2018 with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.
We’re proud to continue our work promoting and supporting care farms in the UK, along with thousands of grass roots projects that have helped millions of people. We help our members use farming and gardening as a way to transform lives and connect people, putting pride back into communities and improving health and well-being. We have the backing of our Patron HRH The Prince Of Wales and our new President is a leading figure in British agriculture, Lord Donald Curry of Kirkhale.
We will continue to provide a voice and supportive services for care farmers, to inspire decision makers and to develop policies and actions that will support care farming in the UK, so that we can build a future where thriving farms and landscapes provide health and social care, rehabilatative and specialist educational service opportunities.
What we do
Following our merger, our job is to support the dedicated heroes who run care farming and green care services and related community growing projects.We provide key advice, training and information. We spread the word about the incredible work they do. We give them a united voice to lobby Government, business and funders.Working together, we want to ensure people of all ages, abilities, faiths and backgrounds can come together in our cities, towns and villages to achieve great things.
How we do it
Our merger has strengthened the way we work. As well as existing expertise and support with offering care farming and green care services, Social Farms & Gardens has access to expert development workers across the UK who deliver guidance, training and encouragement direct to our members. From our head office in Bristol we work with Government, funders and big corporations, letting those in power know about the great work our members do. We directly support nearly a thousand member groups and farms (as well as giving indirect support to many more). And sometimes, very occasionally, we even get a chance to go outdoors and get our hands dirty too!