Resources & Help

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 Social Farms and Gardens.

Health and Safety in your community garden – a checklist from Social Farms and 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 for more information 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. We can’t as yet offer group insurance but there are several companies in Ireland that do so.

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.

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