UGAIN Newsletter Summer 2019

UGAIN aims

  • Encourage and support the use of urban and community gardens as a meeting point for social integration and guidance of migrants.
  • To share knowledge and good practice.
  • To provide a common ground for interaction between migrants and the local population, which will help grow cultural understanding and acceptance.
  • To empower migrants to gain people skills, social skills and communication skills to improve work and training opportunities as well as access to government and support agencies to ensure social integration.

The UGAIN project began in December 2017 and will run until 2020. During this time, we will develop training materials, case studies and a guidance handbook

Partner Meetings in Vienna and Sweden

The UGAIN partners met in Vienna in October 2018. They discussed and chose case studies for each country - to highlight best practice when working with refugees and asylum seekers in community and urban gardens in the 5 countries.

Each of the case studies shows how the social integration and empowerment of migrants within the urban/community garden context, and focuses on subjects such as: training, skills, lesson learnt, challenges faced; and the impact this kind of work is having in the communities which they are in.

The partners then met again in Sweden in May 2019 to complete the best practice case studies and to start work on the training tools and resources.


Our Austrian hosting partner Gartenpolylog, took us to see several urban gardens in Vienna; including a garden managed by mostly Afghani gardeners who were growing special Afghani herbs called 'Gandanah' (which is like a leek). Afterwards we listened to traditional Afghan music.

In May during our trip to Sweden, we visited an allotment garden Brunnshög, outside of Lund, with our hosting partner Folkuniversitetet. Brunnshög is a large allotment site which hosts a number of groups including migrant groups and is characterised by its diversity, community and association spirit. They have bees and chickens on the site as well as many spaces to grow vegetables and flowers.

Project Outcomes from Summary Report

A complete summary report is now available to understand the history and current situation in each of the partner countries. The report contains examples of some gardens who are currently working with migrants. It also examines the relationship between urban gardening and social inclusion and training.

Read the full summary report here.

Case Studies
Learning based on real urban gardens working with migrants - and highlighting their experiences, is highly effective and motivating for other groups. It highlights some of the many great activities and urban gardens already working successfully with migrants.  

A set of case studies gathering best practices and social integration of migrants within an urban/community garden context has been developed. They illustrate a diverse range of gardens undertaking a wide range of activities with migrants in: Spain, Austria, Sweden, Germany and the UK. It also shares important lessons learned at the garden sites. They demonstrate: best practice, interesting and resourceful ways to engage; and welcome migrants to an urban/community garden - highlighting how to deal with challenges such as a lack of a common language and cultural differences. 

These will be available to look at in detail here.  
Work to come…Training and Information app

We are currently developing a web-based ‘Training and Information App’, compatible with desktop and mobile devices.

The app will include: case studies and training modules providing the knowledge needed to turn an urban garden into a meeting point for social integration, a guidance handbook showing relevant information, and important links and partners who can support the work of the urban garden in each country.


A set of training modules is being developed that will allow the trainees to transfer best practice observed in the case studies to their own country; plus a guidance handbook that will contain all the tools needed to turn a urban garden into a meeting point for information and guidance for migrants.

The training modules and handbook will provide further information on how to extend knowledge and skills into implementing an urban/community garden initiative, as well as the social integration of migrants in these gardens.


UGAIN is supported by partnering organisations from across Europe, who are united in their mission to transform green spaces into meeting points for local citizens and migrants - fostering social integration and cultural change.  

If you have projects in your country that would be interested in becoming involved in UGAIN, please ask them to email us via the contact form below and we will keep them informed of new developments within the UGAIN project. 

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