Royal Welsh Show Community Garden Winner
Community garden a winner
Royal Welsh Show visitors definitely got their hands dirty this year, thanks to an innovative plan to create a pop-up community garden by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG). The garden proved to be an absolute winner, winning the ‘Best Exhibit of Educational and Instructional Value’.
People of all ages, including children, were invited to ‘muck in’ and create the garden during the show, which featured many different aspects of community growing including wildlife gardening, growing food to eat, vertical growing and child-friendly growing.
The aim was to showcase the work of community growing projects, which have become extremely popular in Wales over the last few years, with community-run gardens, farms, orchards, food and health projects springing up in their hundreds.
Tyfy Fynu (Growing Up) – Get involved in community gardening!
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens recently launched a new project called Tyfy Fynu (Growing Up) to get even more people actively involved in community growing. It hopes the garden encouraged this as well as being an oasis of calm and relaxed activity away from the hustle and bustle of the main Show.
There were also a series of events and talks focusing on different models of gardening and farming that create benefits for communities and individuals, such as care farms, community supported agriculture schemes and community gardens.
Photo exhibition about community growing
A photo exhibition about community growing was displayed for visitors to view with plenty of staff and volunteers on hand throughout the show to provide information and resources as well as activities to engage and enthuse new growers inspired by the garden and exhibition.
Emma Williams, FCFCG Wales Manager said before the show gardens success:
We want to give people a chance to come down, roll up their sleeves and get stuck in so that they can see, literally hands-on, just how fun, friendly and relaxing community growing can be.
Our events and the photo exhibition will also be a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to find out just how community growing has really taken off in Wales, and how it is helping to create a more sustainable, resilient and food-secure Wales.”
We’re hoping farmers, gardeners and members of the public will be really surprised and interested in what is going on in our sector – and how they can join in the fun!”
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
FCFCG’s stand featured information on FCFCG itself, as well as other related projects such as the Community Land Advisory Service and Care Farming UK.
If you are interested in community gardening or buying land collectively for community food growing why not get in touch with these helpful organisations.
The Royal Welsh Show Royal Welsh Show ran this year from 24th July to 27th July 2017.
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