About Us

Gardening In Association (GIA)

Our Aim

GIA seeks to grow the joy of plants and gardening in everyone, enriching lives, building communities, increasing employment opportunities, advocating good horticultural practice, and positively impacting the environment.

Who are we here for?

Principally we are here to support gardening and plant interactions of the individual residents, businesses, and organisations in Sussex communities. However, we create resources and support that can be accessed worldwide.

What do we do (strategic objectives)

  • Supply information, inspiration, and advice to gardeners.

  • Provide gardening mentorship and facilitation between new and more experienced gardeners.

  • Identify and support people new to gardening.

  • Help gardeners of all abilities to garden and enjoy plants.

  • Ensure equal access and opportunity to gardening and plants for individuals from minority, marginalised, underprivileged groups.

  • Support experienced and professional gardeners to learn and develop new horticultural knowledge and skills.

  • Support existing and create new gardening projects in the community.

  • Hold events and training for our targeted communities.

  • Provide advice and advocate good horticultural practice.

  • Champion actions that help mitigate climate change and support biodiversity.

Where do we operate?

Our focus is on supporting residents, businesses, and organisations in Sussex communities. Currently, our core focus is on supporting gardening in the communities of Seahaven and Ouse Valley. However, we always try to make our information and support available worldwide.

History

The Gardening In Association (GIA) was formed in March 2020 at the start of the first U.K. lockdown. We currently operate as a community interest unincorporated association rather than a members association; we do however offer supporters memberships, including FREE social membership.

Back in March 2020, we gained over 200 social members in the first 24 hours of launching GIA! Today we have around 600 social members and a growing impact on thousands of people, gardens, and green spaces in Sussex.

The Future

Our plan is to evolve GIA from a community interest unincorporated association into a community interest company (CIC). Some of the advantages of being a CIC will be the ability to receive more funding, employ team members. CIC status will ultimately help us to have a larger impact on our communities.