This publication summarises what we learned, and provides other sources of information, so that towns and cities that also want to create large numbers of green and productive spaces can take some short cuts.
Money (and help in-kind)
Small pots of money can go a long way
Have good systems to monitor the money
Think about how you can use sponsorship to supplement
Work with organisations that have land, and an interest
Large landowners can be risk adverse
Don’t be put off by legal or health and safety jargon
Set a clear and ambitious target
Keep a high profile
Attract a variety of different groups of volunteers
Some businesses will provide volunteers
Running the network
Communication - keep it simple
Respond to local demand - food growing training in London
Provide site support visits
Create the feeling of being a movement
The back office
Develop a system suitable for your scale
Have systems to keep your database up to date
Design a good FAQs section on your website
Develop robust but simple monitoring and evaluation
Working with other organisations
Find ways to link with other people’s priorities
Don’t try and do this alone
Tips for working with large numbers and/or diverse groups
Make sure your advisory group works
Links with government policy
Refine your political skills
Work with officials
Some other sources of useful information not already mentioned
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