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Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

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Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

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How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Case Study: Axbridge Community Allotment Association

Axbridge Community Allotment Association and Community Food Forest                        


This group first set up a community garden within the town in 2008. They then went on to create a Community Food Forest on another site to experiment with fruit trees and bushes and other perennial planting.


Axbridge Community Allotment Association opted for community sites over individual allotments as it was clear that time poor families couldn’t manage allotments but could be involved in something shared. Also growing together allows the work, skills and knowledge and produce to be shared so that huge amounts of food to be grown for little time investment per family.


This project is spread across two sites:

  1. The lower community garden site “Bailiff’s Wall” on privately owned site in town.
  2. The community food forest garden on 3 adjacent plots on town council run Fennel Lane allotment site up on the slopes of the Mendips above the town.

Key Lessons Learned

  • Different dynamics exist in community run plots – there is much more need for and emphasis on good communication.
  • People can be reluctant to take produce worrying that others will go short when in fact people must harvest in order to avoid waste and to encourage plants to keep producing.
  • The community garden allows a way into the life of the village for newcomers.
  • There is now a very diverse group involving children to elders. 

Support from Somerset Community Food

Funding was granted to purchase deer proof fencing, a shed, central jobs board and get set grow training focused on those in social housing, without gardens and on low incomes or unemployed.

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