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
“Before I came to the project I was sleeping in a shed, struggling to overcome heroin addiction. I didn’t really go out, didn’t really see anyone. I had hit rock bottom and kept contemplating taking an overdose. I happened to walk past the garden one day, I got talking to the Project Coordinator and started to get involved. Since then my life has turned around.”
"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"
“Prior to joining the project, I was suffering from alcohol and drug dependency, which was partly due to a lack of having something to do. My mental health was rapidly deteriorating. Since joining I’ve found myself waking up early in the mornings with a sense of purpose”
“I love getting muddy at gardening kids club and playing the games at multi sports”
"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"
“I am a 12 year old carer at home, I help care for my 3 special needs siblings but at Green Synergy I’m just a normal 12 year old who loves to do gardening and playing games and having fun.“
“After being out of work for quite a while, Green Synergy Project has elevated me generally and lifted my mood. By working with the community and learning about new projects, in my case learning about aspects of gardening which I have not had the motivation of knowledge to do so until now. Thanks to Green Synergy."