New training to help garden leaders turn bare ground to thriving  community food patches

Barnet Community Food Growing Network is offering training for new community gardening leaders

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A new one-year project from Barnet Community Food Growing network aims to increase opportunities for food growing in the borough by training a whole new cohort of community gardening leaders.

Those joining the network’s free Leadership Programme will discover how to take a new growing space from bare ground to a thriving garden over the course of the year.

All budding gardening leaders need to join is an interest in food growing and to be available for a few hours every fortnight between April and November 2024. In return, the project will build knowledge and confidence so the freshly blooming green-fingered leaders will be ready to get going wherever their community might be.

The new spaces will be at:

Montrose Playing Field, Burnt Oak, NW9 5AT

Basing Hill Park, Childs Hill, NW11 8QY

Church Farm Open Space, EN4 8XE

Hollickwood Park, near Freehold Community Centre, N10 2EY

The project is funded by Barnet Council’s Public Health Prevention Fund which offers funding for innovative projects to address health inequalities while taking a preventative approach.

Evidence confirms the many physical and mental health benefits of gardening and food growing and this project particularly wants to increase these opportunities for people living in areas of deprivation or with a lack of access to greenspace.

For more details and to apply by 26 March see

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