Policy and Research

Policies and Policy responses

  • Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care – After a brief introduction to community gardening in Glasgow, this report outlines a range of benefits accrued to individuals that participate in community garden activities and the wider communities that live in relative proximity to the gardens. The report then considers the main challenges faced by community garden groups in the city.
  • Greenspace Scotland – shows how greenspace contributes to wider Scottish policy by highlighting the contribution greenspace makes to the strategic objectives of the Scottish Government – making a healthier, safer and stronger, wealthier and fairer, smarter and greener Scotland.  Also provides links to relevant policy and research documents
  • Greenspace Scotland surveys and statistics – gives results from greenspace scotland’s biennial survey of greenspace use and attitudes, as well as links to other national surveys
  • Greenspace Scotland research reports – demonstrating the links between greenspace and health and quality of life
  • True Value Report – results of two year research project by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, demonstrating the contribution made by community farms and gardens to increasing the well-being of individuals and communities
  • Social Return on Investment –  is a way of measuring the non-financial value of a service (i.e., environmental and social value) relative to resources invested. It can be used to evaluate impact on stakeholders and identify ways to improve performance.  The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens carried out an SROI report on Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh which shows that community gardens will provide more than three times a funder’s initial investment in ‘social value’.
  • Greenspace Scotland ‘Community Growing in Scotland’ report – this is the result of scoping research to produce a snapshot of the scale and range of community growing activity in Scotland. It reviews the different models and approaches that are being used, audits the range of guidance and support materials currently available, and identifies barriers and constraints.
  • Guide for growing on contaminated land – the aim of this Guide is to provide expert, technical information to help community groups who want to grow food to assess and tackle the issue of soil contamination.  The information in this Guide will also be useful to landowners, local authority officers and people who are supporting community groups who want to grow on potentially contaminated land.