Join Anna Locke to learn how to plan, plant and maintain a forager friendly garden as a way to build a healthier community.

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Sarah Macbeth and Anna Locke from Transition Town Hastings have been working on a design model, consisting of multiple resources and workshop activity, to support people to be designers of local, place-based community action. You can access some or all of the resources and activities online.

In Search of our Common Land  is a series of open questions and mapping tool, embedded in the collective storytelling mapping tool Town Tales, Home Stories. This will be made live on Tuesday 14 April.

A walking audio guide focuses on the initial discovery stage of the design model. 
It can be undertaken ahead of, or in tandem with, exploring the Citizens Are Designers resource and workshop. The guide takes you on a journey to identify common land, currently underutilised, that has the potential to become an urban forager’s gardens for the common good. Use headphones to listen on location and take a pen and paper to take notes and drawings.
The audio walking guide can be accessed from our Soundcloud  here 
The transcript of the Guide can be downloaded here

Citizens Are Designers is a downloadable tool to use to uncover the potential of collective action in public spaces. Following on from these enquiries, you can join this Urban Forager’s Garden Design online workshop.

Anna Locke

Anna Locke is a gardener, permaculture designer & facilitator, small farmer and long-time Transition Towns enthusiast. She focusses her energy on helping gardeners increase biodiversity and grow edible ecosystems, creating longer-term food legacies in gardens and communities, that are part of a stronger, more vibrant and resilient local food network. She teaches short online courses in gardening and permaculture ( and her new book – about growing and gathering food on our doorsteps – is called, The Forager’s Garden: Grow an Edible Sanctuary In Your Own Backyard – Permanent Publications, out 21 March 2021.

Instagram: @permacultureanna

Facebook: @AnnaLockePermaculture

Sarah Macbeth

Sarah Macbeth is a socially responsible designer, researcher and community activist. She works in the emerging area of ‘designer as a facilitator’, alongside citizen-designers and their visions for a sustainable future. In 2015, Sarah co-founded Transition Town Hastings as a platform for the local community to collaboratively experiment with low carbon solutions. She is interested in how democratic, local activism has the potential as a vehicle for understanding what it means to be a citizen and to participate.

Citizens Are Desginers: In Search of Our Common Food  is part of Care and Citizenship, a lively series of events with varied approaches to care and active citizenship. These online talks, workshops and events invite us to find new ways to act with care in our own lives, collaborating with those around us to create a more equitable society.

Care and Citizenship is part of AHRC funded DigiPiCH Civic Museums Project: Using Digital Technology to enhance Wellbeing in Civic Museums. Partners of the project are De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, The Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove and The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, Baltimore.