Growing together - starting to grow your own food


Posted on21 Jul 2020

The Grow Together project encourages people to grow their own food, as a way to become more connected to the food they eat and their local community

Growing Together

During lockdown, community groups have been unable to get together in person, making it difficult to connect with others with a shared interest.

With this in mind, JHRT teamed up with a number of partners including:

The group supplied free seed pots, packs and growing guides to anyone interested in growing their own food. Growers also have a dedicated Facebook page to share images, connect with others and pick-up tips on

So far the group has distributed over 130 pots and seed packs.

‘Grow Together provides a great opportunity to give people the chance to try some simple ‘grow your own’ techniques and to enjoy the results of their efforts. Hopefully, it will encourage even more people to continue growing their own!” says Penny Thompson Head of Service - The Children’s Hub and Partnerships at Hartlepool Borough Council

Leo and the beanstalk

Get Growing

To get involved and receive your free seed pack, please contact:

Hartlepool - Sarah Lattaway, Volunteering & Social Action Leadership Worker

Tel: 07975 235329

You will receive 4 packs of seeds, pots, compost, and a community cookbook.

All other areas - email [email protected] with your name, address, and choice of one seed pack.

  • Pack 1 - easy cress and mustard seeds that can be grown without compost.
  • Pack 2 - salad crops that need some soil or compost (not provided).

If you’re interested in starting your own community garden or group contact Emma Green, Community Development Officer email: [email protected] or telephone: 07773 218532