Championing community gardening and city farming
Originally founded in 2012, Green Synergy is a Lincoln-based charity which uses community gardening and horticultural therapy to help improve people's lives. We work in disadvantaged communities and with vulnerable people, including those living with mental health conditions, learning difficulties, physical disabilities, long-term health problems and unemployment. We use gardening to build skills for life and work, improve mental and physical health and educate people about the environment, food and farming.
Our Mission is to use community gardening and city farming to help people socialise, learn and thrive.
Our Vision is for the people of Lincoln and the surrounding areas to have access to a network of local gardening and city farming projects therefore creating even happier, healthier, stronger and more sustainable individuals and communities.
Since we began, Green Synergy’s work has included:
- Creating community gardens on housing estates
- Setting up container growing initiatives for people living in flats
- Delivering ‘meet your neighbour’ street gardening projects
- Improving the appearance of built up areas through community hanging basket schemes
- Running social and therapeutic gardening groups for friendship and mental wellbeing
- Hosting gardening workshops to empower people to grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers
- Delivering ‘gardening for the brain sessions’ for people living with dementia
- Designing sensory gardens for people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities
We look forward to many more exciting projects to come with your ongoing support. Let’s get growing!
A selection of some of the fantastic projects & people
we've had the privilege of working with.
Core Aims & Objectives
Use community gardening and city farming to develop skills and capacity of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged communities of Lincoln in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their own needs and to participate more fully in society
Promote and protect good health in Lincoln in particular by providing opportunities to engage in therapeutic horticulture and agriculture
Promote sustainable environmental, economic and social development for the benefit of the public in Lincoln
Advance the education of the public in Lincoln in horticulture, agriculture and conservation of the environment
Provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation
Promote Social Inclusion
“The gardening group has allowed me to learn my neighbours’ names and get to know people around me, bringing us together... It’s therapeutic to come out here and garden.”
"The residents and Green Synergy have worked tremendously hard to create this new community garden. "It really goes to show what determination and hard work can achieve for our community. Projects like this help people to get to know each other and encourage a real community spirit"
"I got involved because I think we don’t pay much attention to the environment... being a volunteer, what I have found incredibly valuable for me is a willingness to share experiences - I mean even if it's sharing the negatives and the positives, there is a place for that."
"I’m poorly, that’s why (Project Leader) got me involved, ‘cause it gives me something to do and stuff, ‘cause otherwise I don’t get out much ‘cause I have a carer, so if (carer’s) not at home I have to sit at home all day and get depressed ... But I can do the gardening with my illness and my illness doesn’t affect me or anything. So it’s brilliant..."
"I wouldn’t talk to anyone, I used to keep myself to myself. I didn’t feel comfortable meeting people. Getting to know people at the project has helped me to feel more confident in social situations. I’ve also had an opportunity to develop gardening and maintenance skills which has helped me feel more optimistic about reaching my goals in future. I am now able to plant vegetables, build stuff like garden furniture and mend things. I feel a lot better about talking to new people. I think the project is awesome. It has really helped me..."
"Working with Green Synergy has always been a joy.They have taken the trouble to explain things thoroughly...the gardening has inspired our members and helped them to enjoy more hours being outside. Green Synergy have given us good ideas and taught us basic gardening skills. The restoration work on our memorial garden was carried out sympathetically. With its new raised beds, it is an absolute joy to work in for all of our members even those wheelchair bound... Thank you Green Synergy"
Funders and supporters
We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us - we would like to thank the following organisations for supporting Green Synergy:
We would like to thank Stuart Wilde for the contribution of his professional photography services.
We would also like to thank everyone who has individually donated money to Green Synergy and everyone who has volunteered with us.