community growing

Anyone can grow their own food, whether it’s from a bucket, balcony or shared space. There are many communal growing projects around the city that you may like to get involved in. See the Volunteering page for some ideas.

CG handbook coverThe Community Growers’ Handbook is a practical guide for groups wanting to set up or develop community growing projects with loads of tips and advice on how to make your project a success. It includes information about working with volunteers, obtaining funds, legal matters and policies as well as case studies from some community growing projects in Sheffield. It has been compiled by those working on the Community Growers project, and we are grateful for all of their contributions. 

If you would like to order a copy of the Handbook, please send a cheque for £7 (to include postage) to Grow Sheffield, Old Junior School, Sharrow Lane, Sheffield, S7 1DB, and don’t forget to include your address.



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 The Community Growers project ran from 2011-2014.

The Community Growers project is creating a network of 12 projects across the city, from within each of which a Community Growers Coordinator works to teach, organise and support people to grow their own food and inspire people to do it for themselves. We want people to catch the growing bug and pass the enthusiasm and skills on to others.

We aim to give people the opportunity to make growing a fun and social activity to share with neighbours. Growing is for everyone and it can be a great way to meet others in your community and you don’t need to have access to an allotment, there are lots of possibilities……

  • Building raised beds in your yard
  • A group of neighbours getting permission to cultivate a patch of land at the end of their street
  • Creating a growing space at a local community centre such as a church
  • Growing veg on a balcony or bit of ground outside a flat
  • Or maybe you have a large back garden and you would be interested in sharing some of your space with your neighbours?

Since 2011 Grow Sheffield has created twelve Community Growing hubs across Sheffield a. Our Community Growers Coordinators have partnered with local organisations and each area is slightly different in its approach depending on the community. Take a look at our hubs:


Vegetable plot looking from Rivelin Valley to Lodge Moor

Looking from Rivelin Valley to Lodge Moor