Cherry TomatoesFood growing provides a challenging but very rewarding experience. There is something very special about eating fruit and vegetables that you have grown yourself, or which has been grown by a friend or a neighbour. This is the most fresh and nutritious food that is available. Growing your own does require a regular commitment to ensure that crops thrive but it does not need to be expensive.

Dwarf French Bean SeedlingsGrowing Opportunities needs land. Land can be anywhere that can be easily and safely accessed – private gardens, public open spaces, land managed by housing associations or other bodies. This does not need to be a large area – even very small patches of ground can be made very productive and can be more easily managed by people who have less time. If you have land that could be used for cultivation, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!


Project aims

Growing Opportunities will match land with growers and provide ongoing mentoring and support to ensure that every-one has a positive and fulfilling food growing experience.

In particular, the project aims to:Courgette seedlings

Project update 2011

Since the project began in February 2010, nine land/grower matches have been made involving nearly 30 people. Gardens used vary in size from small pockets of ground to very large areas suitable for several growers to share. There are land-offers currently available awaiting suitable matches and the project is very keen to recruit people with food-growing skills to share as there are quite a number of people involved who are new to food-growing. They would very much welcome support and encouragement from someone with gardening experience.


If you would like to be involved with Growing Opportunities as a grower, landowner or volunteer (or any combination of the above), please get in touch in the following ways:

* Call in to Castle Community Office, 9 Market Vaults, St Helen’s Square, (Scarborough, YO11 1EU). There will be a Growing Opportunities drop-in hosted by Christine Mackay every Monday from 10.30am – 1.30pm or please leave a message with your contact details if calling in at another time.

* Ring Christine on 07724 311750 any time between 10am and 6pm If your call is not answered please leave a message and Christine will get back to you.

* Email:

* Follow us on Facebook for updates and photographs
Sample photographs on our facebook page


Growing Opportunities registration forms

CloverBy completing the registration form you will help us to match up growers with land. However, if you are unable to answer any of these questions or would like to talk about them in more detail, please contact Christine on 07724 311750 or call in to Castle Community Office at 9 Market Vaults, St Helen’s Square ( Scarborough, YO11 1EU) any Monday between 10.30am and 1.30pm


Further resources

Download the Summer 2011 Newsletter: lots of news and growing tips.

Download the Spring 2011 Newsletter: lots of news and growing tips.

Reasons to grow your own!
Here's an inspiring 10 minute video from the USA about how the Dervaes family has slowly transformed its ordinary city garden into a self-reliant urban homestead.

Organic growing guidelines
Whatever the style, size or location of your garden, the Garden Organic guidelines will help you look after it organically. They are based on Garden Organic's 50 years experience in organic growing.