Community Managed Green Spaces Awards

News item first posted on: 19/03/19

Social Farms and Gardens is pleased to announce its first community managed green spaces awards. The awards are the culmination of the first year of funding from the Welsh Government to the Community Land Advisory Service Cymru.

12 communities from across Wales will be celebrated and presented with Certificates from the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn AM at an award ceremony at St Peter Community Garden Cardiff.

Gaining permission and starting to manage a green space; be it an orchard, community garden or a woodland; is the fruition of a huge amount of hard work, consultation, negotiation and organisation.

Social Farms and Gardens today acknowledges the hard work and many achievements of all communities who manage green spaces. Through its Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS), it will continue to support them and other communities who seek to acquire land to manage green spaces. CLAS Cymru will also work with Keep Wales Tidy to help community green space projects achieve a Green Flag Community Award.

Hannah Blythyn said: “I congratulate all the projects being honoured today and thank them for all the work they do to improve the local environment in their communities. Green space is vitally important in providing opportunities for people to get into the outdoors, enjoy some fresh air and exercise which is vitally important for both their mental and physical wellbeing.”

CLAS Cymru Coordinator Lucie Taylor, said she is delighted to be honouring the considerable achievements of the community projects: “CLAS Cymru is pleased to provide vital advice and support to community managed green space projects just like those we are celebrating today. We want to ensure that more land in Wales is used for the benefit of local communities, so that we can drive up the quality and effectiveness of green spaces because we know they can have an enormous impact on our health and wellbeing.”

The 12 community projects are as follows –

  • Bryn Gwalia Community Garden, Mold
  • Digging Deeside, Connah’s Quay
  • Garth Organic, Llangollen
  • The Historic Hafod Walled Garden near Tragaron
  • Open Newtown
  • Llandrindod Pomarium
  • Mayhill Washing Lake, Swansea
  • Rheola Walled Garden, Glynneath
  • Shaws Woodland, Swansea
  • Common Ground, Cardiff
  • Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden, Cwmbran
  • Monks Wood, Vale of Glamorgan

Notes to editor

Contact:  Lucie Taylor the Community Land Advisory Service Cymru Coordinator at Social Farms and Gardens Cardiff Office - 02920 225942

Social Farms & Gardens
At Social Farms & Gardens, we’re proud to support thousands of grass roots projects across the UK that have helped millions of people. They use farming and all types of green space management as a way to transform lives and connect people, putting pride back into communities and improving health and well-being. Our job is to support the dedicated heroes who run these projects, from tiny fruit and veg plots on urban housing estates to large-scale rural care farms. We provide key advice, training and information. We spread the word about the incredible work they do. We give them a united voice to lobby Government, business and funders. Working together, we want to ensure people of all ages, abilities, faiths and backgrounds can come together in our cities, towns and villages to achieve great things.