Grow Your Own


Herdings food growers project

  • The Herdings Food Growers project takes place at our lovely garden at Herdings Community and Heritage Centre on Morland Road. Sessions are on Thursdays from 9:00am to 12.00pm and are free and open to all, no previous experience of food growing is needed. We even provide refreshments.
  • The project has been running for just under two years. During this time the volunteers have developed the garden of the Herdings Community and Heritage Centre into a community growing space, containing raised beds, an orchard and a large polytunnel, where we grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables. 
  • Jobs include watering, weeding, sowing seeds, harvesting and grass cutting. The produce grown in the garden is distributed among the people who help, with any surplus being sold cheaply to people in the community.
  • This helps tackle social isolation by enabling people to get involved in their local community, meet new people and build relationships, and gain new experiences and skills at the same time.

“I don’t mind a bit of hard work” says one volunteer on the food growing project: “I did a bit of gardening back when I was at school, and always really enjoyed it, so it’s really nice to be able to revisit that now. I’ve already taken some bits home to cook with – like sprouts and rocket.”

Herding’s makers project

  • The Makers Project takes place alongside the Growers Project at Herdings Community and Heritage Centre on Thursdays 9:00am to 12:00pm. 
  • The project is aimed at people with joinery and woodworking skills who can use these to help make things such as potting tables, cold frames and planters for the garden at Herding’s, in addition to items such as bird tables, bird boxes and planters to sell to raise funds for the project.
  • We use reclaimed and recycled materials wherever possible and provide all the tools needed.
  • If you have woodwork or joinery skills, some spare time on Thursday mornings and you like a challenge, we would love to hear from you.


Project Expansion

  • Generous funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will be supporting the expansion of this project, which commences in April 2019.
  • Our aim is to get volunteers to use their woodworking skills to build and install raised beds in several communal areas in Gleadless Valley where flowers, fruit and vegetables can be grown. We will then engage with residents living locally to the new raised beds in order to get them involved in planting and tending.
  • This project will give people new gardening and food growing skills, encourage people to get involved in community activity, help brighten up the communal areas, and increase wildlife.


For more information, contact Kim Hinchliffe on 0114 239 8946 or email