Growing Buddies – an engagement tool kit for housing associations and their tenants

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

Garden Organic has spent over 20 years uniting diverse neighbourhoods by supporting people to create sustainable and beautiful growing spaces and cultivating food from a range of cultures. 
By empowering tenants to take control of growing in shared community spaces they can inspire people to engage with their communities, landlords and environment, creating satisfaction and pride in place. 
Their Growing Buddy programmes can deliver measurable and positive impacts on tenants’ health and wellbeing, their environment and overall satisfaction levels. 
The project also offers a fresh look at estate services strategies as communities take a lead in improving and maintaining their own surroundings. 
Garden Organic’s Growing Buddies programme offers:
1.    Optional onsite training sessions to empower tenants on how to create beautiful communities  
2.    Packs of seeds, booklets and growing instruction cards including what and where to grow. 
3.    Online workshops for Growing Buddies 
4.    Ongoing advice and support throughout the year for tenants and landlords  
5.    Tenant recruitment packs  
6.    Survey templates to monitor participation and progress 
7.    Regular communications 

For further information contact Garden Organic at

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