A conference exploring and celebrating the links between community growing, care farming, health and wellbeing will take place in Manchester in April, which will also mark the official launch of a major new organisation following the merger of the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens...
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in Wales currently runs three programmes, covering a wide area of work to support and promote community growing in Wales:
Tyfu Fyny translates as 'Growing Up' because it builds on our previous work through the Tyfu Pobl programme. Click on the following link for more details: Tyfu Fyny Programme for Wales. This new project (which is funded through Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union) means FCFCG will remain at the centre of community growing activity in Wales, supporting and advising both existing and emerging community growing projects, as well as helping share knowledge and skills. We support a variety of community growing models including: community farms/gardens/orchards, allotments, community supported agriculture and community-managed market gardens.
FCFCG manages the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru), which aims to help community growing groups, landowners - plus others involved in land access - to work together to make more land available for community growing. This five-year project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, provides specialist support and advice to hundreds of community growing projects and landowners, helping thousands of people to get growing.
Growing Together (Wales) is part of a UK wide partnership initiative of community and environmental sector organisations which unlocks income, land and skills for community growing groups to help them become more financially self-sustaining and less dependent on grant funding. Growing Together also runs a campaign called 'Local Heroes' which inspires people and businesses to support their local groups. For more information go to: www.growingtogether.community
Meanwhile, we've got plenty of information and advice on community gardening and farming in Wales, including:
- Online information and advice useful for Welsh community growers, via our Resources page
- Videos about community growing in Wales
- Subscribe to our e-newsletter. To be added to the mailing list, email: email@example.com
- Details and useful resources from the 2016 Wales Future Generation Growers conference
- Information on the Wales Community Supported Agriculture Network