Sustain members the Permaculture Association and Social Farms and Gardens are behind a project to help people forced to flee from persecution to find a new community, improve their health and have a place of sanctuary.
Social Farms and Gardens and the Permaculture Association are working with City of Sanctuary to support and inspire some of the thousands of community growing spaces in the UK to become places of sanctuary for people forced to flee from persecution.
For many people arriving to seek asylum in the UK, community growing spaces can offer vital and unique opportunities to find community, improve mental and physical health and to learn and share skills.
For the past year the Gardens of Sanctuary partnership project has been conducting research into how community growing spaces of all kinds interact with refugees and asylum seekers. A report based on the project's research findings, a series of case studies and a ‘Gardens of Sanctuary Resource Pack’ have now been published. You can download these below.
These resources have been designed to encourage and support community growing groups to welcome people seeking sanctuary.