The Social Farms & Gardens team in Wales currently runs three programmes, covering a wide area of work to support and promote community growing in Wales. Read on to find out more about our work in Wales.
See below for a map view or list of Social Farms & Gardens members in Wales, as well as local news, events and case studies. There are also lots of useful information resources available for social farmers, gardeners and growers on our Resources page.
If you are looking for members that offer commissioned health, social care or special education services (such as care farms),please follow this link.
Tyfu Fyny translates as 'Growing Up' as it built on our previous work through the 'Tyfu Pobl' programme. Our 3-year Rural Development Programme funded project ‘Tyfu Fyny’ has now come to an end. It’s been a fantastic 3 years and during that time we have got to know the community growing sector in a Wales a little more. Many of the project's targets have been exceeded, so a massive thanks to everyone that has contributed and participated to its great success.
Is your community looking for land to set up a community garden or food growing project?
Would you like to use local authority land for a wildlife project?
Do you need help getting permissions to use land for the benefit of your community?
Do you need guidance on setting up and progressing your green space project?
The Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru) is funded by Welsh Government to support community green space projects to acquire land and gain all the necessary permissions including planning, so that they can set up and manage green spaces as effectively as possible. The Service provides specialist support and advice to a wide variety of community led green space projects across Wales.
This year the funding will also provide two part time development workers to support community green space projects to set up and progress. This ongoing and expanded funding demonstrates the Welsh Government’s commitment to driving up the quality of local green space and supporting communities to identify and take control of the green spaces around them.
CLAS Cymru works in collaboration with the Green Flag Community Award which is managed by Keep Wales Tidy. We are working with them to increase the number of community managed green spaces and the number of eligible green flag community sites. CLAS Cymru runs its own award programme to recognise community projects that have managed to acquire land for effective green space projects such as orchards, woodlands and community gardens. All these projects manage valuable nature-based activities and the CLAS Cymru Community Managed Award is a steppingstone to achieving a Green Flag Community Award.
CLAS Cymru also and has a partner programme with Cardiff University Law School and Blake Morgan LLP law firm to work on case studies and provide up to date guidance documents and templates. We continue to work with them to keep our website up to date with the latest advice on leases, licenses and other legal issues around community land.
If you would like more information or need advice on getting land to set up your community green space project please contact our CLAS Cymru Coordinator Lucie Taylor - email@example.com
Community Management Awards (ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC - CHECK BACK FOR AN UPDATES).
Each year we hold a Community Management Awards Ceremony to acknowledge new community managed green spaces and to celebrate communities being able to manage and have some ownership of the green spaces around them. 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. The Awards Ceremony recognise those achievements and the good work volunteers are doing.
If you know of a new or up and coming community managed green space project that is doing great things please email the name of the project and a point of contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will assign the project to one of our fieldworkers for them to be assessed for the Award. Groups need to be constituted, insured and have gained permission to manage the land.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Wales
SF&G’s is excited to be embarking on a partnership with Lantra’s Tyfu Cymru project to deliver bespoke support to Welsh CSA’s. This work will directly complement the work of the CSA Network UK. The support includes One to One mentoring, tool kits, brining the project together under a network / cluster group and the like.
One of our first collaborative pieces of work was to carry out some detailed research on CSA’s in Wales, the two documents below are the summaries of the full research paper.
If you would like to find out more about the support we can offer please don’t hesitate to contact us CSA@farmgarden.org.uk.
We are excited to announce that we have officially begun work on our Orchards Project! We are calling for any fruit-tree suppliers that may be able to help us source the best trees for our selected projects. Please contact: email@example.com
At Social Farms and Gardens - Wales, are very pleased and excited to be working in partnership with Trees for Cities on the Edible Playgrounds programme in the Cardiff area. We will be delivering the school engagement and yearlong teacher support for the Edible Playgrounds projects in the area.
The Edible Playgrounds programme from Trees for Cities transforms school grounds into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens that inspire hands-on learning and get children excited about growing and eating healthy food. They help improve health and wellbeing, open up access to nature, and provide a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching.
The Edible Playgrounds programme offers a comprehensive service comprising engagement of the whole school community, design, build, planting with pupils, teacher training, and planning support throughout the academic year.
The uniqueness and value of the programme lies in embedding food-growing into the school curriculum across all subjects so that teachers learn to teach through gardening, not to become gardeners themselves. This approach builds teachers’ skills and confidence to use their Edible Playground in fresh, innovative ways as an outdoor teaching resource.
Have A Grow Day (ON HOLD FOR NOW DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC - CHECK BACK FOR AN UPDATES).
Have A Grow Day is a community gardens open day for Wales. The first 'Have a Grow Day' took place in 2018 and it took place again at the beginning of June 2019. The day is a way of promoting and celebrating the work of community growing groups who help transform lives and neighbourhoods all over Wales. It's also a chance to raise some money through donations from visitors and even finding some new volunteers! Whether you’re involved as a visitor, volunteer or staff member, the idea is to spread the word and promote your local community garden or allotment, school garden or community supported agriculture scheme.
We have lots of exciting plans in store for Have A Grow Day in 2020.
More coming soon - so watch this space but in the meantime, if you're interested in finding out more please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing Hope Project - in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Alongside the Edible Cardiff Network, we are pleased to be launching the #GrowingHope project - we will be delivering over 1,000 growing packs in the Cardiff area through Cardiff Council's food bank scheme - check our Social Media for more updates soon!
Additional Information and advice on social gardening and farming in Wales
Online information and advice useful for Welsh community growers, via our Resources page
SF&G have launched a series of online webinars designed to help members tackle the most pressing concerns arising from this crisis, and to share best practice and inspiration from around the country. Themes are based on what members told us were the most immediate and challenging issues.
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The popular School Farms Confernce is back in 2021. This year's theme is 'Growing People, Plants and Animals'. For the 4th year, the Conference and Awards will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester and will take place over the 2nd – 3rd July 2021.
Badgers Brook Allotment is in Brackla, Bridgend. It is a 40 plot site with ten disabled plots, three of which are used by organisations that support disabled people. Regenerated by the community and brought back from dereliction.
Based in the heart of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Woodland Skills Centre team run a range of courses in traditional crafts, bushcraft courses, family holidays and courses for youth and community groups as well as...
Our member groups provide the inspiration for these videos, created as part of our Tyfu Pobl programme in Wales but of interest to viewers across the UK, which shows our members in action and illustrate how our support has helped in their development...