Growing food for fun, health and the environment

Growing Durham encourages people across the county to grow some of their own food and provides support for them to turn their food growing ideas into reality.

But why bother – what’s the benefit to you as an individual of growing your own produce?

Well, it’s simple – those people who do have better access to fresh foods like fruit, vegetables and herbs.

However, they are also less dependent on a complex food system and so contribute to making food provision a little bit more resilient.

They are more likely to cook or learn to cook some of their meals using the fresh ingredients they have grown and by doing that they avoid additives and hidden salts and sugars, with all the health benefits that that brings.

Essentially, growing your own means you’ll be healthier, both mentally and physically, wealthier and more environmentally aware.

In 2015, Food Durham appointed two part-time development workers, Hannah Murray-Leslie and Peter Samsom, to work across the county to help create a network of new and diverse community growing schemes.  Find out more about their achievements here.

In the second phase of the project Growing Durham is working with partners to develop its work around ‘growing for wellbeing’.


DASH Edible car park

There’s a new community garden in town - Growing Durham’s Edible Gilesgate project worked alongside Durham Action on Single Homelessness to create an edible garden in their carpark. The initial aim was to cheer up the area with a few planters and we commissioned The...

For Peat’s Sake!

Join Garden Organic's campaign to reduce the use of peat-based compost and download our handy guide to making leaf compost. Those of you who follow us on Twitter (look for @Food_Durham) might have noticed a few posts relating to use of peat in garden compost.  Unless...

Children and families get their hands dirty with Growing Durham

Children and families in County Durham are getting their hands dirty over the summer by growing their own fruit and vegetables. Growing Healthy County Durham, which provides NHS Healthy Child Programme services in the county, has a Family Initiative Supporting...

No Dig Gardening Talk with Charles Dowding

Hugely popular no-dig pioneer Charles Dowding gave a talk yesterday at the Bowburn Community Centre in January 2018 as part of his northern tour. Growing Durham were delighted to welcome about 150 people from all around County Durham and beyond, all interested to...

Blackhill volunteers presented with environmental award

A local environmental group has been presented with an award for turning unused space into a beautiful and productive garden. The ALT Group, based in Blackhill, have been renovating empty space around Blackhill Comrades Club in order to provide a space for both people...