Members of Garden Organic standing in a polytunnel full of plants.

Setting up your own research project

This page contains resources to help people design their own simple research projects. The resources are outputs from a NERC funded project (EDENS) to help develop research capacity amongst community groups.

More about the project 🔗

  • Established a Citizen Science Action Group composed of academics and community members, so that our community networks have a much greater say as to the direction of research at Garden Organic
  • Ran a series of interactive training workshops to build capacity within the group
  • Developed resources that others can use to help them develop science projects in their community
  • Set up our first co-created experiment to run in 2023

What a fantastic opportunity to be involved in your research activities!

— NERC funded project attendee
Members of Garden Organic standing in a polytunnel full of plants.

The project gave me a good ‘under the bonnet’ view of how citizen science can work, especially how organisers must balance enthusiastic ideas against practical considerations in order to produce valid scientific data.

— NERC funded project attendee

Meet some of the people in our Citizen Science Action Group 🔗

Here are some of the people working together on our citizen science action group.

Members experiment image

Looking to develop your own research project? 🔗

We're keen to support individuals and communities with the appropriate resources to develop their own research projects.

Throughout our project, we hosted workshops to help train communities in the skills required for running basic science projects. You can watch some of the workshops by clicking the links below.

Basic science skills

Taking science out to communities

Involving communities in science

Engaging communities with science

Examples of citizen science work

Take a look at previous citizen science projects involving Garden Organic and other organisations.

History of research at Garden Organic

Blooms for Bees Project

Plant Alert Project