A Capital Growth initiative to engage people in wildlife-friendly growing and increase volunteering at community growing projects
Our mission is to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of Londoners through volunteering in local food growing gardens, exposure to natural environments, physical activity, access to fresh fruit & veg, and social connections.
We also want to build the capacity of volunteers to manage their community growing spaces through increased skills and confidence in recruiting and retaining new volunteers, and through developing useful networks to support these activities
Capital Growth (London Grows)
Training Hubs 2018
- Brixton Orchard and Pop Farm: Brixton Orchard is a new community orchard with 35 fruit trees and edible hedges and Pop Farm is a micro urban farm in Pop Brixton, a temporary project on disused land turned into a creative space for local, independent businesses..
- De Frene Market Garden at Sydenham Garden: A unique wellbeing centre that uses its gardens to help people in their recovery from ill-health, based in Lewisham.
- London Grown (Wolves Lane) and The Selby Trust: London Grown is a workers' co-operative creating a community market garden, community space and education hub over two sites in Haringey. The Selby Trust was set up as a charity in 1992 by local people who recognised the need for a multi-purpose centre led by the community and third sector organisations.
- Skip Garden: An urban oasis with a twist - A movable food garden run by the environmental education charity Global Generation, located in Kings Cross. Food is grown in skips, containers, a polytunnel and glasshouse.
- Spitalfields City Farm: A vibrant and colourful multi-cultural city farm located in Tower Hamlets, the closest city farm to London's square mile.
- The Cecil Sharp House garden: A low-maintenance decorative, ecological and edible permaculture site, which also hosts the annual London Permaculture Festival, in Camden.
- The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden: Capital Growth’s flagship site offering volunteering, training and events for hundreds of Londoners every year.
Host an networking event
We are also looking at new indoor venues for our network events.
If you have capacity for over 50 people, with space for workshops, on a weeknight evening and are interested then get in touch. Our next events are mid-March and mid-June in 2018. Read more about how our events nuture our network on this Shared Assets blog.
- The Big Dig Sat 21 April 2018
- School Marketplace Fri 13 July 2018
- Urban Harvest Sat 22 September 2018
Hundreds of gardens around the city are looking for volunteers like you to help them grow food, improve the city’s environment and build local community. Whether you’ve been growing for years or are just starting out, looking to learn new skills or make new friends, there is a garden for you. Check out our interactive map to explore the whole city or just stick to your neighbourhood.