Why do we believe this is important and worth doing?

Here are 5 reasons we think it's worth getting more community gardening happening:

1. To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy, locally grown food
Growing food locally reduces the resources required to get it to your plate and means it is fresher when you eat it. Community gardens provide a place to grow food if you don't have space at home and a place where you can learn how from others in the community who know.

2. Gardening can help bring the Moreland community together
Communities care for, support and help each other.
Gardening can bring people in the community together in the same way as sport, shopping, education and music do.
Community gardens are meeting places and act as a focus for community activities and can provide an opportunity for people to interact.

3. To retain and enhance Moreland's character and horticultural knowledge

Moreland has proud, long, rich urban gardening heritage with many people building productive gardens up from nothing over many years.
Community gardens provide opportunities for preserving and sharing knowledge, skills and plants and to help each other learn. 

4. To enhance physical and mental health and well-being Alongside cycling and walking, gardening is one of the few activities that provides sustained, non-seasonal, low intensity exercise which is important for our physical health.
Gardening is also acknowledged as being therapeutic and beneficial to mental well-being.
Gardening is a great way for people to establish contact with others and to feel part of a group.
A community garden can provide people with no garden of their own an affordable way to grow healthy, safe food. 

5. To encourage people to work towards a sustainable future
Local food production reduces or eliminates the greenhouse gas emissions generated when transporting food from where it is produced to its consumers ("food miles").
By growing their own food, people can also save money on grocery bills.
A community garden can provide members of the community with access to information and opportunities to learn about sustainable approaches to managing water, recycling waste and growing food.