Urban Growth improve communal outdoor spaces, and support people to engage with them through teaching horticulture skills. This brings people outside more often, into contact with those around them, into fresh air, where they can learn, be creative, and engage in moderate exercise. They benefit from feeling that they have contributed to their local community. They are supported into work, which increases financial independence and self esteem. Some vulnerable people are enabled to care for a living thing for the first time, instead of just being cared for. People can harvest fresh, carbon neutral, chemical free produce, improving their diet and save money.
Urban Growth have a team of two part time staff members and a Managing Director who deliver a range of community garden activities, and manage about four acres of residential gardens in south London.