We are delighted to launch our new partnership project; Resilient Green Spaces! The £1.27m partnership project is being led by Social Farms & Gardens to pilot alternative re-localised food systems using communities and their green spaces as the driving force for change across Wales until June 2023.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Six collaborative workstreams delivered by partners, are testing what communities can achieve, given the right support, access to land and freedom to do what they do best:
1.) Building a National Allotment Development Team
Social Farms & Gardens are convening Wales’ first Allotment Development Team that will support landowners and managers to meet the growing demand for adequate allotment provision and to improve access for those who are often marginalised from green spaces and healthy food.
You can read more on the history of our Welsh allotment work here.
2.) Innovative Food Hubs
Open Food Network, Development Trust Association Wales and The Landworkers Alliance have joined forces to establish five enterprising and sustainable Food Hubs in communities across Wales to provide food that is good for people, good for the environment and good for local business by promoting short supply chains.
Social Farms & Gardens are building on their success working with communities to plant hundreds of new orchards across Wales. We are working with these sites to pilot, monitor and evaluate the more economic benefits that community orchards could provide in addition to the well-recognised social and environmental benefits.
The Landworkers Alliance and Shared Assets have teamed up to find ways to realise the challenges and opportunities of access to land for new entrants and local communities interested in agroecological farming.
6.) Building Horticultural Future Farming Skills
Lantra are using their unmatched knowledge and experience of horticulture training in Wales to develop a pilot training package covering the skills needed to run horticultural farming businesses. Training will be delivered in partnership with Cae Tan CSA and The Landworkers Alliance. Cardiff University Sustainable Places Research Institute are countering negative perceptions of careers in horticulture farming through creative engagements with young people.
To find out more about the training package and to apply, click here.