The Garden for Life Forum Mission statement

To increase enjoyment and understanding of biodiversity.

To support action by gardeners for the benefit of biodiversity.

To promote the benefits of gardening for health and well-being.

Core activities

The Forum believes it can achieve these aims by: 

  • Promoting sustainable gardening as a way of increasing people's enjoyment and understanding of biodiversity and our wildlife.
  • Encouraging and enabling more people to garden with sustainability and wildlife in mind.
  • Supporting the environmental and health benefits of people growing their own food.
  • Encouraging research which can inform and support public policy at all levels, for the benefit of biodiversity and public health in Scotland.
  • Sharing good practice between the member organisations of Garden for Life, so that we can work together to achieve our aims in the most effective and efficient ways. 

To find out about the life of the Forum over the last two decades, click here. A three year plan has now been developed and can be viewed here.

Organisations belonging to the Forum meet on a regular basis to agree plans and strategies, share information and to work together on projects. They have produced a series of seven free Garden for Life leaflets which are available here for download.


The Garden for Life Forum exists as the place for organisations to come together from across Scotland to work together to promote and facilitate wildlife friendly garden techniques across Scotland. The Forum was established in 1997 by Scottish Natural Heritage, which continued to support the work of the Forum for over 18 years.

The Forum is member led and in 2015 had 36 members. It is chaired by Plantlife Scotland and secretariat support is provided by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Funding is sought every year to enable the forum to deliver specific activities, a key activity being the Garden for Life area (previously called the Living Garden) at Gardening Scotland Show every year, which is built around a show garden and a series of member led workshops.

The Forum promotes its work at Gardening Scotland, through its web pages with help from Keep Scotland Beautiful, through social media, and through member promotion at events they attend.

Membership of the Forum is open to all organisations who operate within Scotland and who have an active interest in delivering for wildlife gardening.

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