Growing spaces

As part of the Cambridge Sustainable Food Charter we support community growing projects and other food related activities such as community gardens and orchards.

A community garden is defined as an area of land – usually owned by the local authority, privately owned, or derelict, and situated in a built-up area – which has been taken over by or on behalf of people from the local community on a not-for-profit basis.

Community growing spaces are a great way of bringing local people together. They can improve health and fitness, provide educational value, and even lead to a reduction in crime and vandalism in the local area.

There is no 'standard' growing space in terms of plot size, shape or materials: people create them where they can, and some are based around food production, including the planting of orchards, while others are created for ornamental or recreational purposes.

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Growing spaces in Cambridge

These community gardens are run by local groups on council-owned land. 

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