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The benefits of ‘Gardens of Sanctuary’ for asylum seekers

Sustain members the Permaculture Association and Social Farms and Gardens are behind a project to help people forced to flee from persecution to find a new community, improve their health and have a place of sanctuary.

Assorted colour flowers. Photo credit: Pexels

Assorted colour flowers. Photo credit: Pexels

Social Farms and Gardens and the Permaculture Association are working with City of Sanctuary to support and inspire some of the thousands of community growing spaces in the UK to become places of sanctuary for people forced to flee from persecution.

For many people arriving to seek asylum in the UK, community growing spaces can offer vital and unique opportunities to find community, improve mental and physical health and to learn and share skills.

For the past year the Gardens of Sanctuary partnership project has been conducting research into how community growing spaces of all kinds interact with refugees and asylum seekers.  A report based on the project's research findings, a series of case studies and a ‘Gardens of Sanctuary Resource Pack’ have now been published. You can download these below.

  • Resource pack -  Designed to encourage and support community growing groups to welcome people seeking sanctuary.
  • Case studies -  Around the UK there are some fantastic examples of growing spaces led by, and offering opportunities to, people who have been forced to seek sanctuary. These case studies have been documented to share ideas and to encourage more growing spaces to become gardens of sanctuary.
  • Report - Offers a summary of findings from the case studies, online survey and literature review. It is designed to support community growing groups and others with funding bids and research projects.

These resources have been designed to encourage and support community growing groups to welcome people seeking sanctuary.

Published 30 Jan 2019

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