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Grow your own

The Parks and Countryside Service offers support for people who would like to grow their own plants

If you are interested in growing your own food or getting involved in a local community food growing project but don't have a garden, there are a several ways to go about it:

  • Hire an allotment (see the allotments page in related pages)
  • Find an alternative piece of land to grow food on.

The Parks and Countryside service are keen to support community groups that are interested in growing their own food.  Recently successful community food growing projects have been set up with the 'Friends of Cross Flatts Park' and 'Headingley Community Orchard' who have both created food growing areas on parks and countryside land so local people can enjoy their harvest. 

If you have an idea for a food growing project on a green space in Leeds, contact us on 0113 395 7457 and we will see what we can do.

Feed Leeds

Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside service are currently working with partners on a new community food growing initiative for the city called ‘Feed Leeds’.  The Feed Leeds partnership aims to promote and support community food growing projects across the city. 

For more information about community food growing projects in Leeds including hints and tips on growing your own, go to the Feed Leeds website in the External Links section of this page.

'Design an Edible Flower Bed for the Civic Hall' competition

This competition has now closed to entrants and we have four proud winners! 

The winning beds were planted outside the Civic Hall in late spring 2013.  The aim was to make the beds look attractive in their city centre location and inspire passers-by to grow their own food locally.

The winners were:

  • Jennifer Lawrence – Headingley Community Orchard
  • Sharpe Lane Primary School
  • Richard Howson – Right Choices community project
  • Rachel Ingle-Teare – Leeds Libraries

Feed Leeds partners

  • Back to Front
  • Chapeltown Food Festival
  • Create Foundation
  • Edible Cities
  • Groundwork Leeds
  • Leeds City Council
  • Leeds Markets
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Leeds University
  • NHS
  • Northern Fruit Group
  • Permaculture UK
  • Roundhay Environmental Action Partnership
  • RHS
  • The Conservation Volunteers (formally BTCV)
  • The Environment Forum
  • The Urbal Fix
  • Urban Harvest
  • Voluntary Action Leeds

Contact Us

Online: go to the Contact Us section on this page and fill out the form
Telephone: 0113 395 7400
Email: parks@leeds.gov.uk