From Sept 2021-June 2023 we led the Resilient Green Spaces project. This £1.27m partnership project enabled us to pilot alternative re-localised food systems in Wales.
To deliver six collaborative workstreams with our partners piloting local food systems. Communities and their green spaces were the driving force for change, and tested what can be achieved given the right support, access to land and freedom to use their strengths:
The project was funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
The Resilient Green Spaces project has achieved wide-ranging benefits for communities and environments around Wales. It has enhanced food systems, with an emphasis on local production and agro-ecological farming. Communities have developed the confidence and skills to initiate change in future.
Researchers from Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning and University of West of England Bristol worked with our delivery team to develop a Theory of Change for each workstream.
Explore the six Resilient Green Spaces workstreams
Building a National Development Allotment Team
To meet the growing demand for allotment provision, we convened Wales’ first Allotment Development Team to support landowners and managers. We aimed to help make more land available, develop new sites and to improve access for people.
Showing the benefits of short supply chains, we established five community Food Hubs across Wales. Working alongside our partners, the hubs supplied food that was good for people, the environment and local business.
This project aimed to bring a step change to community managed fruit production in Wales. Building on our past work to establish orchards in Wales, this project helped them to thrive. We focused on helping communities with fruit storage, processing and production.
Sustainable farming has huge potential for good. Our partners Landworkers' Alliance Cymru and Shared Assets explored the challenges and opportunities of land access in Wales. The project focused on new entrants and local communities interested in agroecological farming.
Inspiration, education and training are key to sustaining the future of local food. Our partners have mapped horticultral training needs and developed new training for the next generation of food growers.