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Skills Development

Community Growing

Let’s get growing! Join our city-wide movement and connect with like-minded people

We have number of ways for you to get involved, including home growing, or using shared spaces. One of our goals is to get the city growing while helping members of our community connect. However, we can’t do this on our own, we need amazing people like you to join the city’s growing movement. Becoming part of our fantastic growing community will be a positive change in your life for many reasons!

The benefits of food growing are:

- Improved access to food and better nutrition

- Increased physical activity

- Socialising with like-minded people

- It fights ‘cabin fever’

- Improved mental health

Are you as excited to get growing as we are? Here are some of the opportunities to get involved.

Shared Spaces

Wherever you are in Aberdeen, if you are interested in developing a community garden you are welcome to get in touch for advice and support. These spaces are not your typical allotments, they are growing spaces to be shared by the local community. Vegetables, fruits and herbs can be grown alongside all kinds of other plants to create relaxing, recreational gardens within Aberdeen.

The focus of the current support is in the areas of; Tillydrone, Mastrick, Northfield, Middlefield, Torry and Seaton; however, you can access support outside of these areas too!

To see what community gardens already exist near you, take a look at the Aberdeen Growing Map, which shows you where all the community gardens in Aberdeen are located, and lists contact details so you can contact them about how to get involved.

Aberdeen Growing Map

Keep Growing Aberdeen

Keep Growing Aberdeen is a partnership between CFINE, Aberdeen City Council Community Development and Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership.

Keep Growing Aberdeen Recipe Book

Keep Growing Aberdeen’s 2021 ‘Grow Share Eat!’ campaign successfully concluded with the launch of an exciting free recipe book. Aimed at improving the diet of local residents, the recipe book provides a selection of cheap, healthy, easy-to-cook recipes ranging from traditional Shepherd’s Pie to vegetarian curry.

Keep Growing Aberdeen (KGA) began as a partnership approach to community food growing between CFINE, ACHSCP, ACC and One Seed Forward. The initiative started during lockdown of 2020 with the aim to improve mental health and wellbeing, improve access to healthy food and improve social connections for people within the community, with a huge focus on priority neighbourhoods. The 2021 ‘Grow Share Eat!’ theme was in response to the feedback and findings from the previous project activities.

The launch of the recipe book complimented the core focus of ‘Grow Share Eat!’, which centred on distributing growing packs to 415 households throughout Aberdeen city. Participants were provided with growing materials, seeds for growing vegetables, as well as specialist advice directed towards supporting people to grow their own food. Click the button below and have a read!

Recipe Book

Volunteering

There are several existing community gardens in Aberdeen. If you are interested in finding out about volunteering at a garden near you, please click the button below to get in touch.

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