Growing with Nature: Tips on volunteering, funding & more!

Green Minds is working with Food Plymouth and Plymouth Octopus Project (POP) to host ‘Growing with Nature’ Networking Events, bringing together people across the city with a passion for gardening, rewilding and community projects.

Following the first ‘Growing with Nature’ networking event in June 2022, last week we were hosted by Snapdragons at Victoria Park for an autumn gathering. The evening brought together individuals and organisations from across the city, such as Woolwell in Bloom, Plymouth Environmental Action, Cliik Community and many more.

After a tour of the Snapdragons site including Food Plymouth’s composting project, Green Minds, Food Plymouth and POP gave an update with useful tips on growing with nature, funding opportunities and promoting volunteering – scroll down for more info.

Big thank you to Snapdragons for all of your support on the night, as well as Character Creation Roleplaying CIC, Inner City Seeds and The Intersection for the activities you shared with us!

Connecting people:

The Data Place are working on a networking mapping platform to show and promote opportunities where people are growing with nature. So far 18 organisations are on there, but we know this is just the tip of the iceberg! If you haven’t already, please put your details on the map using this short form:

If you have any questions on the networking mapping platform, contact Martin at The Data Place:

Promoting volunteering:

Our Plymouth is a citywide platform for volunteer recruitment. Here you can find volunteering opportunities or post your own if you would like some extra help on your project!

You can also find volunteering opportunities at

Growing with Nature tips:

For tips on rewilding, from ecological expertise to running a community project, visit the Green Minds Rewilding Network webpage and Knowledge Hub.

For permaculture tips, you can join the Generous Earth Facebook group and download these documents:

Funding opportunities:

Next Application Window for Community Gardens Award: National Garden Scheme will soon be welcoming applications for the 2023 Community Gardens Award with grants of £500 to £5,000 available. This could cover site prep, tools, plants, seating and more! Applications are open from 17th Oct 2022 – 31st Jan 2023. Click here to find out more.

POP also have funding opportunities and advice available:

Upcoming events:

4th October: POP AGM 2022 focused on working together for impact. Click here to find out more and book your place.

POP Ideas Training workshops are starting in October, from advice on funding applications to promoting your events. Click here for more details and watch previous webinars at

All Ways Apples is returning this October! Click here for all event dates, including All Ways Apples on Tour and the All Ways Apples Festival (26th October, 11am – 4pm at Devonport Guildhall).

Green Minds has several upcoming online and in-person events: