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Renewable energy use on community gardens and city farms

There are many benefits to installing and using renewable energy in city farms and community gardens. Renewable sources of energy have a low environmental impact. They are considered ‘clean’ sources of energy creating less pollution than traditional fossil fuel based technologies. Renewables have lower carbon emissions so don’t impact on climate change in the same way as fossil fuels. In the long term they are often cheaper and in many situations funding is available to install renewable technologies. Some systems allow electricity to be sold back to the grid and can therefore actually generate an income for projects.

This case study factsheet, written by our team in Scotland, provides an overivew of the different systems available and includes case studies of successful installation on community growing project sites.


About Social Farms and Gardens

Social Farms & Gardens is a UK wide charity supporting communities to farm, garden and grow together.

The organisation was formed by the merger of two long established membership-based charities, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Care Farming UK. 

Together, they have a combined history of over 50 years’ experience in advocacy, lobbying, membership growth, support and capacity building, and working with sector partners. By merging, they are able to offer a range of services for members, government and the wider sector. A key strength of Social Farms & Gardens is that they work with and support a diverse membership base across the whole of the UK, working across both urban and rural settings. 


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Author: Social Farms & Gardens (UK)

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