New Productive Community Orchards to be developed in Wales!

News item first posted on: 20/04/22

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Resilient Green Spaces is a £1.27m partnership project 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 is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Seven Community Orchard sites across Wales have recently had trees, equipment, tools and storage delivered as part of a programme of support from Social Farms & Gardens’ Orchards strand of the organisation’s Welsh Government funded Resilient Green Spaces project.
In autumn 2021, the UK community growing and farming support charity asked sites to tell them how they felt their local community would be helped by further developing their orchard.  After a rigorous application process, which included virtual and in-person visits to the proposed sites, seven were chosen to be recipients of the first round of support.

The work builds on Social Farms & Gardens’ success working with communities to plant hundreds of new orchards across Wales. The charity is working with sites to pilot, monitor and evaluate the economic benefits that community orchards could provide in addition to well-recognised social and environmental benefits. The project seeks to ignite a positive change in community owned fruit production, storage, processing and fruit-based products for Wales. 

The initial trench of successful organisations are: Cae Tan CSA (Swansea), Ysgol Bro Dinefwr (Llandeilo), Summit Good (Swansea), Tir Coed (Rhayader), Lambston Parish Resident’s Association (Pembrokeshrie), The Wilderness Trust (Llanidloes) and Clynfyw Care Farm (Pembrokeshire).
The sites will receive, as well as the trees, equipment, tools and storage, training and professional advice for the progression and development of their Orchards.  All the trees supplied were sourced from Welsh suppliers and were grown locally.
These groups are part of the first round of successful applicants; Social Farms & Gardens will be opening the second round of applications very soon – for more information contact wales@farmgarden.org.uk or https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/resilient-green-spaces/productive-communit...

Each of the sites was chosen for their experience, future plans and capacity to deliver.  They are exemplar sites, doing incredible work:

Cae Tan CSA

Based on The Gower Peninsula in South Wales, Cae Tan CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture Project that grows and supplies fresh, seasonal, biodynamic produce to their members. They also provide training and volunteering opportunities to a range of groups and individuals, also working with local schools to raise awareness of sustainable farming and reconnect young people to the land and their food.

You can find more on Cae Tan CSA on their website here: http://www.caetancsa.org/en/

Ysgol Bro Dinefwr

Based in Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr is a bilingual, English language/Welsh language comprehensive school for pupils ages 11 – 18. Their key aim is ‘to challenge and support pupils to become confident and effective learners by providing them with an inclusive and caring environment that places pupils’ wellbeing at the heart of everything they do’.

Ian Chriswich, Assistant Headteacher at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr said, "This is an exciting new project that we hope will not just benefit our pupils but the local community. It will act as a vehicle for us to forge better working relationships with local groups of people and contribute towards us developing a circular economy around the school."
You can find more on Ysgol Bro Dinefwr on their website here: https://www.brodinefwr.org.uk/about-us

Summit Good

Summit Good is a Swansea-based Social Enterprise with a focus on eating, growing and doing good. They support Community Support Agriculture, provide a space that helps people ‘doing Summit Good together’, and empower new initiatives looking to grow local.

Joshua Pike, from Summit Good talks about the benefits their funding has brought about, “The new orchard we’ve planted has been a beautiful focus point for the users of our men’s shed and women’s shed groups, learning to plant trees and manage their growth has given people confidence and revitalised sense of accomplishment and ownership with the project. Our project looks to manage the space underneath the trees with chickens to produce eggs that will accompany the fruit from the trees and increase the availability of local produce in our community.”

You can find more on Summit Good on their website here: https://www.dosummitgood.co.uk/

Tir Coed

Based in Rhayader, Powys, Tir Coed is a charity that engages people with woodlands through volunteering, training and bespoke activities that increase wellbeing, develop skills and improve woodlands for the benefit of everyone. They work as a partner in the Elan Links Project delivering the experience and education stream of this partnership by providing opportunities to experience the Elan Valley through volunteering, education and training.

You can find more on Tir Coed on their website here: https://tircoed.org.uk/

Lambston Parish Resident’s Association

The Lambston Parish Resident’s Association is a small community association providing events and small projects for the old parish of Lambston in Pembrokeshire. Their involvement in the management of their disused common, allowing them to open new paths with fruit and nut trees.

You can find more on the Lambston Parish Resident’s Association on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lambstonresidentsassociation

The Wilderness Trust

Based in Tylwch, Llanidloes, The Wilderness Trust have started a new project – The Hanging Gardens Project – to look at a collaborative way of creating a more resilient and sustainable local community. They are building a green hub in the centre of Llanidloes, working with all sectors of the community to find solutions to declining biodiversity in the area.

You can find more on The Wilderness Trust on their website here: http://thewildernesstrust.org/

Clynfyw Care Farm

Clynfyw is a 395-acre organic farm and woodland in North Pembrokeshire. The care farm supports people with learning disabilities and mental health unwellness and are actively involved in wider community development with a direct focus on resilience. 

You can find more on Clynfyw Care Farm on their website here: https://www.clynfyw.co.uk/
 
We look forward to working with these groups and will post regular updates and progress here, and on our social media channels! 

Expressions of Interest 

The 2022 round will open again soon – if you’re interested in applying, sign up to our mailing list so you’re the first to know! You can do so here: https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/join-our-mailing-list 

Otherwise, keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for all breaking news and exciting developments of the project!

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Prosiect partneriaeth gwerth £1.27m yw Mannau Gwyrdd Gwydn sy’n cael ei arwain gan Ffermydd a Gerddi Cymdeithasol i beilota systemau bwyd amgen a adleoliwyd, trwy ddefnyddio cymunedau a’u mannau gwyrdd fel sbardun ar gyfer newid ledled Cymru tan Fehefin 2023. Cyllidir y prosiect trwy raglen Cymunedau Gwledig Llywodraeth Cymru - y Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig 2014-2020, a gyllidir gan Lywodraeth Cymru a’r Undeb Ewropeaidd.

Yn ddiweddar anfonwyd coed, cyfarpar, offer a siediau at saith o safleoedd Perllannau Cymunedol ar draws Cymru fel rhan o raglen cymorth elfen Perllannau Ffermydd a Gerddi Cymdeithasol trwy eu prosiect Mannau Gwyrdd Gwydn, a gyllidir gan Lywodraeth Cymru.
Yn ystod hydref 2021, gofynnodd yr elusen sy’n rhoi cymorth i dyfu a ffermio cymunedol yn y DU i safleoedd ddweud wrthynt beth fyddai o gymorth i’w cymuned leol wrth ddatblygu’r berllan ymhellach. Yn sgil proses ymgeisio drwyadl, oedd yn cynnwys ymweliadau rhithiol a rhai wyneb yn wyneb â’r safleoedd arfaethedig, dewiswyd saith ohonynt i dderbyn cymorth yn y rownd gyntaf.

Mae’r gwaith yn adeiladu ar lwyddiant Ffermydd a Gerddi Cymdeithasol o ran gweithio gyda chymunedau i blannu cannoedd o berllannau newydd ledled Cymru. Mae’r elusen yn gweithio gyda safleoedd i redeg cynlluniau peilot, i fonitro a gwerthuso manteision economaidd perllannau cymunedol yn ogystal â manteision cymdeithasol ac amgylcheddol amlwg. Nod y prosiect yw ennyn newid positif mewn perthynas â chynhyrchu, cadw, a phrosesu ffrwythau sy’n eiddo i’r gymuned ac o ran cynnyrch sy’n gysylltiedig â ffrwythau yng Nghymru.

Y sefydliadau llwyddiannus cyntaf yw: Cae Tân CSA (Abertawe), Ysgol Bro Dinefwr (Llandeilo), Summit Good (Abertawe), Tir Coed (Rhaeadr Gwy), Cymdeithas Trigolion Plwyf Lambston (Sir Benfro), The Wilderness Trust (Llanidloes) a Fferm Gofal Clynfyw (Sir Benfro).
Bydd y safleoedd yn derbyn cyfarpar, offer a siediau yn ogystal â’r coed a hyfforddiant a chyngor proffesiynol er mwyn datblygu eu perllannau.  Mae’r holl goed a gyflenwyd yn dod o gwmnïau Cymreig a chawsant eu tyfu’n lleol.
Y grwpiau hyn sy’n rhan o rownd gyntaf yr ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus; bydd Ffermydd a Gerddi Cymdeithasol yn agor ail rownd y broses ymgeisio’n fuan iawn – am fwy o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â: wales@farmgarden.org.uk neu https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/resilient-green-spaces/productive-communit...

Dewiswyd pob un o’r safleoedd oherwydd eu profiad, cynlluniau’r dyfodol a’u capasiti i wireddu eu cynlluniau.  Maent yn safleoedd enghreifftiol, sy’n gwneud gwaith anhygoel:

Cae Tân CSA

Mae Cae Tân CSA, ar Benrhyn Gŵyr yn Ne Cymru, yn brosiect Amaethyddiaeth a Gefnogir gan y Gymuned, sy’n tyfu ac yn cyflenwi cynnyrch ffres, tymhorol, biodeinameg i aelodau.  Hefyd maent yn cynnig hyfforddiant a chyfleoedd gwirfoddoli i ystod o grwpiau ac unigolion, yn ogystal â gweithio gydag ysgolion lleol i godi ymwybyddiaeth am ffermio cynaliadwy, ac i ailgysylltu pobl ifanc â’r tir a’u bwyd.

Gellir dysgu mwy am Cae Tan CSA trwy eu gwefan: http://www.caetancsa.org/en/

Ysgol Bro Dinefwr

Ysgol yn Llandeilo, Sir Gâr yw Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, sy’n ysgol uwchradd ddwyieithog (Cymraeg/Saesneg) ar gyfer disgyblion 11 - 18 oed. Eu prif nod yw  ‘herio a chefnogi disgyblion i fod yn ddysgwyr hyderus ac effeithiol trwy ddarparu amgylchfyd cynhwysol a gofalgar iddynt sy’n gosod llesiant disgyblion wrth galon popeth maent yn ei wneud’.

Meddai Ian Chriswich, Pennaeth Cynorthwyol  Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, "Mae hwn yn brosiect cyffrous newydd, a’n gobaith yw nad y disgyblion yn unig fydd yn elwa ohono, ond y gymuned leol hefyd.  Bydd yn gyfrwng inni feithrin cysylltiadau gweithio gwell gyda grwpiau lleol a chyfrannu at ddatblygu economi gylchol o gwmpas yr ysgol."
Gellir dysgu mwy am Ysgol Bro Dinefwr ar eu gwefan: https://www.brodinefwr.org.uk/about-us

Summit Good

Menter Gymdeithasol o Abertawe yw  Summit Good gyda ffocws ar fwyta, tyfu a gwneud yn dda. Maent yn cefnogi Amaethyddiaeth a Gefnogir gan y Gymuned, yn cynnig gofod sy’n helpu pobl i wneud pethau da gyda’i gilydd, ac yn grymuso mentrau newydd sydd am dyfu’n lleol.

Mae Joshua Pike, o Summit Good yn sôn am y manteision sy’n deillio o’r cyllid a dderbyniwyd, “Mae’r berllan newydd a blannwyd wedi bod yn ffocws hyfryd ar gyfer defnyddwyr ein grwpiau sied dynion a sied merched, yn dysgu plannu coed, ac mae rheoli eu tyfiant wedi rhoi hyder i bobl ac wedi ail-ddeffro teimlad o gyrhaeddiad a pherchnogaeth gyda’r prosiect. Mae’r prosiect hefyd yn ymdrechu i reoli’r tir dan y coed gydag ieir sy’n dodwy wyau fydd yn ategu’r ffrwythau o’r coed, ac yn cynyddu argaeledd cynnyrch lleol yn ein cymuned.”

Ceir mwy o wybodaeth am Summit Good trwy eu gwefan: https://www.dosummitgood.co.uk/

Tir Coed

Elusen yn Rhaeadr Gwy, Powys yw Tir Coed, sy’n ymgysylltu â phobl sydd â choetiroedd trwy weithgareddau gwirfoddol, hyfforddiant a gweithgareddau pwrpasol sy’n meithrin llesiant, yn datblygu sgiliau ac yn gwella coetiroedd er budd pawb. Maent yn gweithio fel partner ar Brosiect Elan Links i gyflwyno ffrwd profiad ac addysg y bartneriaeth trwy ddarparu cyfleoedd i fwynhau Cwm Elan trwy wirfoddoli, addysg a hyfforddiant.

Gellir dysgu mwy am waith Tir Coed trwy eu gwefan: https://tircoed.org.uk/

Cymdeithas Trigolion Plwyf Lambston 

Cymdeithas gymunedol fach yw Cymdeithas Trigolion Plwyf Lambston sy’n darparu digwyddiadau a phrosiectau bach ar gyfer hen blwyf Lambston yn Sir Benfro. Trwy eu cyfraniad at reoli’r hen dir comin oedd yn segur bellach, llwyddwyd i agor llwybrau newydd gyda choed ffrwythau a chnau.

Gellir dysgu mwy am Gymdeithas Trigolion Plwyf  Lambston trwy eu tudalen  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lambstonresidentsassociation

The Wilderness Trust

Mae’r Wilderness Trust, a leolir ym mhentref Tylwch, Llanidloes wedi cychwyn prosiect newydd - Prosiect y Gerddi Crog -er mwyn ystyried ffordd gydweithredol o greu cymuned leol fwy gwydn a chynaliadwy.  Maent yn creu hwb gwyrdd yng nghanol tref Llanidloes, trwy weithio gyda phob sector o’r gymuned, i gael hyd i atebion i ymateb i fioamrywiaeth yr ardal sy’n dirywio.

Mae mwy o fanylion am The Wilderness Trust ar gael trwy eu gwefan: http://thewildernesstrust.org/

Fferm Gofal Clynfyw 

Fferm organig a choetir, 395 erw yw Clynfyw  yng Ngogledd Sir Benfro. Mae’r fferm gofal yn cefnogi pobl gydag anableddau dysgu ac afiechyd iechyd meddwl, ac maent yn cyfrannu hefyd at brosiectau datblygu cymunedol ehangach gyda ffocws penodol ar wydnwch.

Ceir mwy o fanylion am Fferm Gofal Clynfyw ar eu gwefan: https://www.clynfyw.co.uk/
 
Edrychwn ymlaen at weithio gyda’r grwpiau hyn, a byddwn yn cyhoeddi diweddariadau rheolaidd a gwybodaeth am eu cynnydd fan hyn, ac ar ein sianeli cyfryngau cymdeithasol! 

Datganiadau o Ddiddordeb 

Bydd rownd 2022 yn agor eto’n fuan – os oes gennych ddiddordeb mewn cyflwyno cais, cofrestrwch ar gyfer ein rhestr bostio er mwyn derbyn y manylion cyn gynted â phosibl! Gellir gwneud hynny fan hyn: https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/join-our-mailing-list 

Fel arall, cadwch lygaid ar ein gwefan a’n cyfrifon ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol ar gyfer y newyddion diweddaraf a datblygiadau cyffrous o ran y prosiect!

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