City of Sanctuary has partnered with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, the Permaculture Association UK and The Grange, Great Cressingham (the first “Home of Sanctuary) in a new Gardens of Sanctuary project.

The project’s vision is a network of green spaces with a culture of welcome, in which asylum seekers and refugees feel safe and appreciated as valued contributors and co-creators of community gardens and environmental projects across the UK.

The project aims to ensure that volunteers running community gardens feel confident and equipped to welcome and support asylum seekers and refugees to actively participate with their many activities.  City of Sanctuary groups are well placed to support this and can also recognise and celebrate the development of these welcoming and therapeutic spaces with Gardens of Sanctuary awards.

The first phase of this project is underway including researching and disseminating evidence of the benefits of community gardens in support of asylum seekers and refugees and the collation of good practice and guidance.

In addition to a literature review of evidence, case studies and the development of support materials, there are two short (3-5 minute) on line surveys to capture current experience:

  1. For green space projects (e.g. community gardens or city farms) across the UK who may or may not be already working with asylum seekers and refugees)
  2. For organisations (e.g. CoS) already working with and supporting asylum seekers and refugees.

Everyone who completes the survey by October 20th will be contributing valuable data to the project and will receive a copy of our report (if you want one!) when it is released in Spring 2018, along with updates of where this work is going and what support we might be able to offer.

City of Sanctuary groups are encouraged to complete the second survey and share the survey links with their networks.

If you want to know more just fill in your contact details on the survey, or contact [email protected]

Look out for more news of events in your area from December 2017 to bring together growing groups and refugee and asylum organisations at which the findings of the project will be shared, more evidence gathered and the resource pack tested.

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