The Mayfield Partnership are the proud headline sponsor of Growing Better Lives 2018.  A conference exploring and celebrating the links between community growing, care farming, health and wellbeing throughout the UK.

The Mayfield Partnership comprises of LCR, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and U+I.


Conference outline
An exciting list of speakers have been confirmed for the conference including; Dr Rachel Bragg (Care Farming UK), Dr Mike Hardman (University of Salford), Dr Michelle Howarth (University of Salford), Pam Warhurst CBE (Incredible Edible) and Lord Curry of Kirkharle.

At the conference there will also be seminars, workshops, and site visits, as well as an evening community garden party that includes the inaugural Local Hero Awards Ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate heroes of care farms, city farms and community gardens.

The conference is aimed at community growing and care farming practitioners, health commissioners, policy makers and academics. The conference will reflect on the increasingly strong body of evidence about the positive influence of farming and gardening in care and health contexts. It will look at how best to harness those positive benefits in the future.

What is the conference about?
It will celebrate the launch of a new organisation, resulting from the merger between the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Care Farming UK. The new organisation, whose name will be unveiled at the conference, will build on the work of the two current organisations, representing and supporting the delivery of care services and community development through farming and gardening activities.

The conference will also:

  • increase awareness and understanding about land-based community growing and care farming activities.
  • provide evidence of how this work can make positive and lasting improvements in people’s lives
  • give practitioners an opportunity to learn new skills and celebrate success with their peers

You can read more and book your ticket here.