20 years of Green City Action

Story by Jenny Tibbles | Photos courtesy of Green City Action

Green City Action is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and we’re still going strong, despite the difficult financial climate.

The organisation has grown from a community recycling project during the Burngreave New Deal era into a large charity, turning its hand to environmental improvement projects and delivering the Abbeyfield Festival for many years.


To address food poverty Green City Action developed a food growing project called School for Veg. In 2010 we secured funding to deliver a community allotment, which has developed into a wonderful community resource with an outdoor classroom, pizza oven, fruit trees, a ‘bug hunt area’ and lots of growing space. Since then, we have kept the allotments, still working with school children, plus local residents, students and refugees from around the world. They come to learn how to grow vegetables, enjoy the outdoors, be part of our growing community and eat delicious food prepared from our produce.

Local children get the opportunity to learn about where food comes from, how it grows and the importance of local wildlife. One teacher said “It’s always a highlight for both children and staff.”

Recently we have started finishing the women’s gardening session with a nice relaxing hour of yoga. “It’s so lovely to do yoga hearing the birds and with the breeze on your face,” said Mariam, a participant. Now it is too cold for yoga on the allotment, we’ve moved to Abbeyfield Park House but will return to the plot come Spring.

Follow us on Facebook or leave a phone message if you’re interested in coming along on 0114 244 0353. All this and not forgetting Toolbank – providing low cost, community tool hire! Toolbank runs from Abbeyfield Park House, Saturday mornings 10- 12 noon. John is there to hire out our wide range of garden and DIY tools, and to offer help and

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