Inspiring, therapeutic environments in city farms and community gardens.

Registered Charity 1153883 / Company Number 8399741

Growing the community, together

Championing community gardening and city farming

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Overview: Originally founded in 2012, Green Synergy is a Lincoln-based charity that 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.

Rationale: Green Synergy was created with the main aim of setting up a community garden and city farm in Lincoln. At the time of our charity’s inception, there were no other projects like this in the city. Consultation with our local community showed that there was both a need and an interest in our proposal.

Although Lincoln is set in a very rural, agricultural county, it still has the same issues as other cities. Our nation is becoming increasingly disconnected from food production. It is estimated that 20% of people living in towns and cities never get out into the countryside. It is particularly difficult for people living with long-term health conditions, people without their own transport or people who are on low incomes to go to rural areas. 1 in 3 children have never heard a cow a pig or a sheep in real life. City farms and community gardens bring a slice of the countryside right into the heart of the city, making it accessible for all. They also provide lots of other benefits around mental health and wellbeing, training and social inclusion. For further information on community gardens and city farms visit www.farmgarden.org.uk and for further information on therapeutic horticulture visit www.thrive.org.uk

Our Mission is to use community gardening and horticultural therapy 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.

 

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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:
Community Development Foundation
City of Lincoln Council
Cory Environmental
Lincolnshire's Dementia Support Network
Grow Wild
Health Complete
Lincolnshire County Council
Neighbourhood Working
People's Health
Lincolnshire's Managed Care Network
Lincs Co-Op
Give as you Live
Shine At What I Do
Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens
The Bishop of Lincoln's Social Justice Fund
Kier
Aaron Services
Stelrad
Vaillant
Danfoss
The Ashden Trust
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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.
Green Synergy office location