Room to grow - growing food, growing connections, growing community

The Room to grow short film is a collection of local people's stories about sharing gardens and growing food. Local people talk about how people with spare or under-used gardens have been linking with people who want to garden but don't have access to growing space. And how community gardens have been a great way of bringing people together.

The film is the result of Sensory Trust and Growing Together working in partnership to build a story of a community project that has brought together young and old, disabled people and people not in education, employment or training around a shared interest of gardens and food growing. The Growing Together Project is a community growing project based in mid-Cornwall which aims to connect people with places to grow either in private gardens or in a community green space.

The film describes how growing and gardening connects people with memories of their communities, friends and families, how it stimulates the senses and how growing provides that all important escape that many people need to maintain good mental health. The film brings people's personal stories along with illustrations and animations to provide an interesting, fun and quirky element to the content.

The film launch at the Eden Cafe in St Austell in September 2012 was a proud moment for everyone involved - people who had participated in the project, starred in the film, created animations, planned the filming and made it all come together in such a successful way.

A still image from Jen Bartlett's animationFilm cultivation has been in the creative care of Heidi Morgan

Growing the illustrations and animations have been Stuart Spurring and Jen Bartlett

Bringing the film to harvest is thanks to the talents of Richard Liddicott of Soul Deep Media.

Enjoy!

ripe tomatoes, an example of the harvest from the food growing

Food growing proves to be a great way of bringing people together

Project participant sharing his experiences from the project

Local people talk about what the project means to them and their community

Project participant engaged in building activities

People have been involved in a whole range of different activities, from building to planting to harvesting and eating

Links

Growing Together project - read more about the project work

Community Capacity Building project - more about our community engagement work

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