Scotch Quarry Community Garden which is found near the centre of Lancaster City

A Future Places Centre Trail

Lancaster's Food Growing Hope Spots

Explore how urban spaces could be used for food growing in Lancaster City Centre. Brought to you by the Future Places Centre at Lancaster University and the Rurban Revolution Project, this self-guided trail takes you to seven food growing 'Hope Spots' around Lancaster City Centre.

The trail explores current urban land use in relation to food growing and reimagines what is possible - from raised beds and edible flowers on street corners to food forests in our parks. Green space in Lancaster is also used for recreation, and biodiversity and may have archaeological significance - where does food growing fit in? Be a part of the discussion and let us know what you think.

How to explore the trail

Starting at Scotch Quarry Urban park this app will guide you between seven different locations on a 4km walk. At each location content (information, pictures and questions) will appear on the app highlighting ideas and approaches to urban food growing. Downloading the app means that data allowance is not required to access digital content associated with the trail.

Download or pick up the trail leaflet

You can download the Hope Spots Leaflet which provides a map and directions for the trail along with some descriptions of the sites on the route. A QR code is provided for each location on the trail which links through to additional video and audio content. Please be aware that this method of accessing the trail will use personal data allowance to view digital content which includes audio and video.

Share your thoughts.

Once you've completed the trail please share your thoughts and ideas with us, and help us design future trails exploring different issues in our local area. Complete a short survey on the trail and urban food growing. All responses will be anonymised so if you’d like to hear more from us please email

Learn more about the Rurban ‘Hope Spots’ mapping project

Visit our display in The Storey Printroom Café (Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH) to learn more about how we are mapping land locally to unlock more opportunities for food growing both in and around our urban areas locally. Display available until the end of November 2021.

Introducing the Rurban Hope Spots project

Watch this video to find out more about the mapping approaches being used to uncover potential food growing 'Hope Spots'. Whilst we're developing and testing these approaches in Lancaster District as part of the Future Places Centre, they are designed to be transferable to other places and communities around the UK.