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Creating a community garden

4 February 2016

Garden hand tools

Green-fingered helpers are invited to contribute towards a new community garden as part of the University’s Transforming Communities programme

The Community Gateway engagement project is offering Grangetown residents the opportunity to learn new gardening skills at a workshop on Saturday, 6 February.

The challenge is to build raised beds ready for planting for a new community garden at Grange Gardens.

No experience is necessary and tools, training, plants, seeds and refreshments will be provided.

The event is taking place at the old Grange Bowls Pavilion in Grange Gardens between 10am and 3pm.

It is the first of several gardening workshops with others planned for:

  • Tuesday, 16 February 10am to 1pm (half-term family session)
  • Friday 26 February 10am to 1pm (planting and maintaining)
  • Sunday 13 March 10am to 1pm (planting and maintaining)
  • Sunday 10 April 10am to 1pm (crossover with Pentre Garden)

The community garden project is a partnership between Community Gateway, Grow Cardiff, Eggseeds, Grangetown Community Action, Grange Pavilion Project and Welsh Government (Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate).

Once the garden is established, the aim is to engage other groups from within the community and the University to create after-school gardening clubs and a research garden linked to a honey bee project.

Community Gateway is one of the University's five flagship engagement projects, otherwise known as its Transforming Communities programme.

The University is working with Welsh Government and communities in Cardiff, Wales and beyond in areas including health, education and wellbeing.

This includes supporting Cardiff Capital Region, connecting communities through hyperlocal websites, building community engagement models and helping reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

Community Gateway has already supported 32 projects including a philosophy cafe, a week of community safety activities, litter picks, a mental health and wellbeing day and a schools’ advisory panel.