As founders of the Access To Farms partnership and Growing Schools initiatives, FCFCG advocates for, and supports those who deliver, quality educational opportunities in gardening and farming. In particular schools visit the 1,300+ community gardens and farms and school farms, and often host animal visits into the schools from these groups, or experienced staff and volunteers help to develop food growing areas. We work in other partnerships across the UK to encourage food growing, provide advice on increasing access to land not otherwise cultivated, and generally to engage communities (= children, their parents and siblings) in appreciating and getting involved in land-based activities. Other roles include contributing to the work of Care Farming UK to increase available placements for pupils needing alternative education provision. Staff across the UK help influence public policy, liaise with government departments, run training and networking events, and by supporting members give some 3 million, mainly urban, people a taste of/stepping stones into, the countryside.