Community Garden Resources, Start Up Help and Advice
If you’re looking for advice or information about community gardening in Ireland, please see below:
Start Up Essentials and advice for Community Gardens – a checklist of things to consider if you’re thinking of starting up a community garden. Dee Sewell, one of our volunteer coordinators and an experienced community garden tutor has written several articles about community gardening on her award-winning blog at Greenside Up.
The Organic Centre – Growing with Confidence – a useful guide from The Organic Centre in Leitrim
Dublin City Guide to Community Gardening – a free downloadable guide
Healthy Food for All – Good Practice Guide Section A – offers advice on how to set up and manage a Community Food Initiative, including understanding nutritional guidelines, food policy, funding, budgeting, staffing and evaluations.
Healthy Food for All Good Practice Guide Section B – profiles examples of good practice in Community Food Initiatives (CFI) and will offer advice on how to run a specific CFI from Community Cafés to nutrition education and training programmes.
LYCS Community Development ‘Connecting Communities: A Practical Guide to using Development Education in Community Settings’ is a free LYCS resource for facilitators or tutors working with groups in Community Education and Community Development contexts.
Promote Your Community Garden – a useful guide from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
Health and Safety in your community garden – a checklist from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
Setting up a Club in Ireland – what you need to know from Citizens Advice.
Sample Club Constitution Guide – a free PDF to help you set up your garden as a club.
All-Ireland Pollinator Plan from the Biodiversity Centre
Child Protection Training – Children First Training from TUSLA. Where to go, who to talk to.
Garda Vetting – if you are a group or sole trader, contact your local Volunteer Centre for an application form and/or advice.
Insurance – Membership of Green Communities from An Taisce can provide your community garden with visitor insurance. Contact them directly for more information.
Community Garden Guidelines – if you’re looking for a template of guidelines, this PDF that you might like to adapt has been written for a larger community garden.