Neighbours coming together in Hackney to make their streets and front gardens greener

Planting more Postcode Gardeners to create greener streets

Bringing back nature

Daily contact with nature is linked to less stress, better mood and better health. People want healthier and greener streets but they often lack the time or skills to maintain new planting.

That’s where a Postcode Gardener can help, employed to green up streets in one postcode area and bring neighbours together.

Three school girls digging in a  flower bed with trowels.

What does a Postcode Gardener do?

Postcode Gardeners are experts at getting people outdoors, socialising and working together. They help grow plants for flowers, food and wildlife along streets, in front gardens and anywhere else people can enjoy them.

They co-ordinate the plan for the postcode, do some gardening themselves and give volunteers gardening skills so that everyone can dig in and create greener streets.

A boy digging in a street side planter with a tree growing in it

Our Postcode Gardeners are working where they're needed most

We've identified new areas that would really benefit from some street gardening, by mapping out places that lack green space and are most at risk of air pollution, flooding and urban heating.

In partnership with The Co-operative Bank, we're funding Postcode Gardeners in communities in these areas, to green up their spaces in the way they want. Together they'll bring back nature to 1,000 spaces across the country.

Meet our first Postcode Gardeners who are digging into these locations:

Over the next 3 years, we'll be setting up more and more Postcode Gardeners, in the communities that need nature the most.

Four children with orange spades digging into grass with wheelbarrows behind them

Help us grow more projects

Could your organisation be a Postcode Gardener Delivery Partner? We're looking to expand the programme into new locations, and we need your help to do so.

Delivery Partners are organisations that will work with Friends of the Earth to develop Postcode Gardeners and deliver Postcode Gardener projects in their areas. At all stages, they'll receive support and guidance from us and our growing Postcode Gardener network. Find out more about what it means to be a Delivery Partner and register your interest.

Two women holding a tray of plants above a flowerbed