This is a short list of learning resources and toolkits for setting up a community group, engaging and retaining volunteers, and designing biodiverse, accessible, and edible gardens. Let us know if there's anything you think should be added.

Royal Horticultural Society

Woodland Trust

Lucy Chamberlain for The Guardian

Edible York

Guides and advice on planting fruit trees, designing a community orchard, and more

Bob Bray, Dusty Gedge, Gary Grant & Lani Leuthvilay

A collection of free activities designed to engage the senses and connect with nature by the Sensory Trust

Quarterly community gardening magazine by the RHS

National Trust resource pack; see pages 24-30

Freshwater Habitats Trust

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Pimp Your Pavement

They have a range of resources at their Environment Centre and run training courses on topics such as scything and no dig gardening.


We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis. Grants will usually range between £100 and £1,500. We are always keen to hear about potential projects and see what we can do to help, so please do get in touch with your ideas.

Before applying, have a look at this list of other sources of funding that can support green space volunteering projects in York so that you can identify opportunities for match funding and what gaps the GGS fund can fill.

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