Community Growing Projects

Transition Cambridge is part of the Transitions Town’s movement, a community of people aiming to make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

Transition has a number of practical growing projects which welcome volunteers. You can get involved here.  See the list below for projects run by Transition and other initiatives across the city.


 
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CROPSHARE

Cambridge CropShare is a small-scale community-supported agriculture (CSA) scheme in Cambridge based at Willow Farm in Lode. It experiments with ‘crop-sharing’, an exchange of use of land for access to labour, creating opportunities for farm- community collaboration. 

Not only do volunteers get access to organic veg but volunteers are able to see how crops are grown at a large scale, have fun working in groups, and chat to real food growers in their local area. Sign up here

 
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Growing spaces

Growing Spaces aims to reclaim unloved and underused public spaces around the city and transform them using edible landscaping. Check out their map to see if there’s a space near you.

Sessions run on select Saturday mornings during the growing season and sessions are flexible to suit participants. Growing sessions will be listed on Transition’s upcoming events page and if you are interested in taking part or you are an experienced grower who is willing to share your knowledge, you can contact Dave here.

 
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Empty Common community garden

The community allotments at the far end of Empty Common Allotments on Brooklands Avenue often host open sessions where volunteers can come and help with the gardening. This project is run by Transition Cambridge. They meet most Sundays from 10.30-12.30. You can find out more from their webpageblog or by contacting Charlotte on 07752 143 683 or emailing her here.

 
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Cambridge Cyrenians Allotment Project

This horticulture therapy project offers work experience and outdoor therapy for the Cambridge homeless community.

It runs every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am – 1pm. Find out more from their website, or contact Ruth Nicholls (ruth@cambridgecyrenians.org.uk, 07948 013091).

 
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Darwin Nurseries

Based in Newmarket Road, Darwin Nurseries is a horticulture project and farm shop offering adults with disabilities supported work experience in horticulture, retail and animal care.

Visit their Facebook page or contact the service manager Mark Hall (mark.hall@cpft.nhs.uk) for more information.

 
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Trumpington Community Orchard

Maintenance Mornings are held twice a month for volunteers, on the 2nd Sunday of the month and the 4th Thursday.

Sessions run from 11am – 1pm on Sunday and from 10am – 12 on Thursdays. Take a look at their website for more information and how to get involved.

 
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Midsummer Common Community Orchard

Run by the Friends of Midsummer Common, this orchard has been growing since 2010 and is always looking for volunteers to help.

Take a look at their website for more information or to get in touch with them.