This year, we have decided to award ALL of the following projects with a Community Land Advisory Service Cymru Community Management Award! This is to acknowledge the successes that they have achieved to date in gaining access to land for their projects. The Awards also recognise the hard work in getting a community green space project started. Each group will recieve a certificate and a plaque to display in their gardens to show all their hard work and achievements.
Greenspaces include a range of vegetated land such as parks, community gardens, orchards, woodlands and hedges, informal green spaces, allotments and food growing sites, plus areas of waterincluding rivers, canals, lakes, ponds. At Social Farms & Gardens we aspire that all greenspaces in Wales should include an element of food growing, however big or small. This ranges from community gardens and allotments with food growing as their primary focus, down to incidental food growing such as a few apple trees, wild raspberries, or a hedgerow with varieties of tree suitable for foraging. Pollinators are essential to successful food growing and as such we encourage all sites to plant with pollinators in mind, leave some areas wild, and work to improve site biodiversityparticularly through planting native plant varieties.
Resilience Plan Background: Green infrastructure is a network of features that are connected to each other, the surrounding countryside and urban populations. Greenspace, for example a community garden, may be seen as a feature of green infrastructure. High quality green space/ green infrastructure is multifunctional, accessible, inclusive, respondsto local context, biodiverse, interactive (opportunities for play and food growing),creates habitat, contains water collection features and provision for sustainable drainagesystems (SuDS). It is key that high quality green spaces are bought into urban areas close to where people live to allow maximum access and benefits to wellbeing.
Wellbeing of Future Generations: Improving access to green infrastructure and spaces contributes to increased physical activity (especially in children), improved mental well-being, reduced exposure to environmental hazards and air pollution, improved air quality, and increased social participation among older adults, whilst reducing the impact of climate change, giving protectionagainst flooding and erosion. Examples have shown that people who live within 500 metres of accessible green space are 24% more likely to meet 30 minutes of exercise levels of physical activity.
Below is a full list of awardees and also links to their resilience plans which demonstrate significant contributions to the Welsh Government's Wellbeing of Future Generations Act's goals.
1. Autism Life Centres, Treherbert
2. Bwyd Bendigedig Port/Incredible Edible Porthmadog
3. Carmel Community Garden Group / Pwyllgro Pentref Carmel
4. Coeden Fach Community Tree Nursery
5. Emmaus Garden Group
6. Friends of Craig Cefn Parc
7. Global Gardens
8. Growing for Change, Bangor
9. Incredible Edible Carmarthenshire
10. Llanrumney Hall Community Trust
11. Pennard Gardening Society Wellness Garden
12. Rhandiroedd Nantporth Allotments
13. Sandfields Community Allotment
14. Welcome To Our Woods
15. Youth Factor, Afon Gwreddiau, and Aberfan, Merthyr Vale & Mount Pleasant Community Group
16. Yr Ardd, Llandysul
We will be sharing each group's story and celebrating their achievements to coincide with national #CommunityGardenWeek - keep an eye on our social media channels and help us share the good news!
Congratulations once more from all of us at Social Farms & Gardens!