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.

If you want to know more, please contact [email protected]