Community Settings

Gardening in Community Settings

Are you a community development worker, member of an ‘In Bloom’ group or garden volunteer?
Are you gardening in a community setting?
Want to know how you can enrich the lives of those you support?
Then click on the links below for therapeutic gardening resources, relevant information and examples of community gardens supporting well-being.

Growing social capital in a community:                        
Lochend Community Growing Project started in 2011 and changed the lives of this Edinburgh community: creating a space where neighbours have a reason to meet and community groups have a place to garden. The supported, bottom-up approach ensures its sustainability – proved by the fact it’s still well used today, far beyond its initial two-year funding. Find them on Facebook at

See reports below for photos & feedback from those involved in the initial years 
Lochend Community Growing Project Final Report
Lochend Community Growing Project Progress Report

Supporting those with Dementia
Kirrie Connections
This community garden in Kirriemuir, Angus is run by a dementia support organisation. Open for all to enjoy with weekly structured ’get your hands dirty’ gardening sessions for those with dementia


Community Garden Settings

Therapeutic gardening takes place in parks, community gardens, allotments and stalled spaces in towns, cities and villages across the country. Gardening groups can contain a cross section of the community or a specific client group.

Using green spaces in the community can 

  • encourage higher levels of physical activity and a reduction in long term conditions incl. heart disease, cancer and musculoskeletal conditions
  • reduce obesity in children and young people
  • weaken the effects of deprivation on health
  • create a positive effect on mental health for all ages and socio-economic groups
  • reduce loneliness and support well-being

 There’s no downside to encouraging therapeutic gardening in the community.1

1The Kings Fund, 

GetGrowing Scotland is a new online network for communities and people growing food and other plants, and caring for and enjoying nature in their local area.

Resources From adapting gardening to suit individual abilities to year-round activities, check out our factsheets and resources web pages

Training & Sharing Good Practice Acquire the wide variety of skills required to support a range of groups through our specialist training along with opportunities to add to your learning and development and meet people working in similar settings networking events

Looking for others working in similar settings? Try the Trellis network Map and Directory

Funding Explore the many possible funding sources available for your project

Have any further questions? Contact us via the Trellis website