Groundwork takes practical action to create a fair and green future in which people, places, and nature thrive.

We support local communities and businesses to build capacity and resilience as this is vital if we are to tackle hardship, achieve a just transition to net-zero and help nature recover in a way that reduces inequality and leads to better work and healthier, happier lives.

Changing places, changing lives

We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.

Key Areas of Work

Volunteer, Tom, at the Grow @theGrange project

Health & Wellbeing

We run a range of Health & Wellbeing programmes with horticulture at their heart. We deliver services for all ages and abilities in various settings, including our community gardens and allotments. 

Avison Young volunteers in Birmingham

Training & Development

We have a strong record of working in those areas that need extra support, developing and delivering tailored training and development programmes that help change lives.

Good Relations

Much of our work with local and regional authorities has been in the community relations space. We aim to help to strengthen and improve relations using horticulture as a tool.

Community members at project funded by Tesco Bags of Help

Grant Management

We are currently managing a number of grant schemes on the behalf of businesses, public-sector and third-sector partners to help you make your project a reality.

Featured Projects

harvesting spuds

Community Gardens

Groundwork transforms space into gardens for the whole community.

Greener Horizons, Hillsborough

Greener Horizons

Supporting people in the Belfast area to gain a Level 2 OCN qualification in horticulture or ICT.

Gortin Mens Sheds receiving Slow Cookers

Men’s Sheds

Groundwork NI provides support and assistance to existing and new Men’s Sheds.

Groundwork Northern Ireland Anywhere Gardens kit and salad grown

Anywhere Gardens

A little box that will help your team start growing anywhere!

Why not support our work and help your employees bring horticulture into their homes and help them begin to grow in more ways than one by gifting them an Anywhere Garden?

Changing lives: Sarah’s Story

Sarah started coming to the garden to get out of the house and meet more people. “I was able to go to the garden and do something different, which is good for my health, helped to make me feel less lonely.”

Our Impact

We believe that empowered communities are grown from the ground up. Resulting in communities that are sustainable, happy and healthy places to live, work and play.


Community organisations supported.


People benefitted from our programmes of work


Square metres of land improved

Latest News

  • Mens shed people entering the church
    Dreamachine Experience

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  • Mens Sheds Slow Cookers in Kitchen
    Slow Cooker Deliveries

    Slow and tasty Groundwork NI was delighted to be able to provide cookers for a range of Sheds across NI, along with some kitchen essentials. We were delighted to hear the wonderful recipes being made with the use of these slow cookers. There are many benefits to using slow cookers, it is convenient as you…

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  • Mens sheds walking
    Men Shed Walks with Walk it Off NI

    Walking it Off Nikki, from Walk it Off NI worked with two Sheds to take them on a wonderful, guided tour of Lady Dixon Park and Hidden Huntley in Lisburn. This was a wonderful experience for the attendees who were taken on a walk, matched to their ability, given the history of the park and…

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Support Groundwork

Why not partner with us to help change lives?

Or simply want to give a few hours a week to a cause that benefits your community, Groundwork can help you do something special.

Or why not help your employees bring horticulture into their homes and help them begin to grow in more ways than one by buying them an Anywhere Garden? 

Our Partners