Social Farms & 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.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 SF&G 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.
Click on the following link for more details: Tyfu Fyny Programme for Wales.
SF&G manages the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru), which supports community green space projects acquire land and gain all the necessary permissions including planning, so that they can set up and manage their projects as effectively as possible. This Welsh Government funded programme provides specialist support and advice to a wide variety of green space community projects across Wales.
We work in collaboration with the Green Flag Community Award and have a partner programme with Cardiff University Law School and Blake Morgan Solicitors. If you would like more information please contact our CLAS Cymru Coordinator Lucie Taylor - Lucie@farmgarden.org.uk
Community Management Awards
CLAS Cymru is funded by Welsh Government to affirm the importance of quality green space and to support communities to manage green spaces for themselves. Every March 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.
The Award is also as a stepping stone to achieving a Green Flag Community Award – An award programme managed by Keep Wales Tidy. See link - green flag community awards.
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 to 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.
Have A Grow Day
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.
If you're interested in finding out more please contact: email@example.com
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