The Pen Dinas Garden, one year on

The community garden at Pen Dinas is now a year old. We spent a week of July last year running our first Community Garden Design course here to design the 2 1/2 acre space here. One year on and we are getting close to having all the main elements of that design in place. It is hugely exciting and gratifying to see it all coming into place.

The potential for urban and sub-urban growing is absolutely huge. Organic techniques mean we are only really using what are currently considered waste materials and we are constructing highly productive and nature friendly environments in the process. And of course we have made lots of new friends… regular volunteers, students, apprentices, art classes and more.

Support the development of community growing via our Crowdfunder campaign

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Please support our Crowdfunder campaign

Together with Cwm Harry Skills and Training, Sector39 Permaculture, and Project Dirt we are launching our first Crowdfunder Campaign

We want to invest in key project volunteers and participants by funding places on our up and coming Permaculture Design Course, in October. We have set the target of £2,000 to raise, over the next 4 weeks. Small donations and lots of them is what we are asking for!

It’s a great new way we can spreads the benefit and learning from great projects like Get-Growing. Permaculture and urban growing is the fastest grass roots movement around the World, help us play a more active part in that process.

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There is a regular art club group who meet on Wednesday’s to sketch and paint in the Pen Dinas garden.

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Bees on lavender, a contribution from this week’s art club

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The tool shed is carefully placed where community gardeners and site crew can most easily access them, It s also in shady place that isnt much use for growing.

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The Hugl Kultur beds have disappeared under the marrow, pumpkins and courgettes

Some of the crop, the box was too heavy to lift!

Some of the crop, the box was too heavy to lift!

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Some lovely brassicae plants growing in the community garden micro plots.

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Permaculture principles number 2: Catch and Store Energy. Water is a vital energy!

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The wildlife is loving the garden, this slow worm is helping regulate garden pests,

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One of our own designed raised beds with a bean tower which we made on one of the crafts courses here.

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A regular contributor to the garden in Sue Stickland, who will be running day long workshop on Seedsaving next month, click image for details.

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Finally the 2 polytunnels are going back up, Dave, Tom and Crew have been working hard on this..

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Some of the community micro plots… it never ceases to amaze me how much produce can come out of a small space.

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Catch and Store Energy #2. We copmp[ost everything, and are taking on all of the grass clippings from the next door college as well. It makes an excellent compost when mixed with card and shredded paper waste

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Catch and Store Energy # 3. This is the water for the micro plots.. any excess will be channelled to the wetland area at the end of the garden.

The frist stage of gettin gteh Roundhouser back up is almost complete, thanks to all the hard work by Dave T and Colin

The frist stage of getting the Roundhouser back up is almost complete, thanks to all the hard work by Dave T and Colin.

NHS Report on the imperatives and potentials of Urban Food Growing. Click to enlarge

NHS Report on the imperatives and potentials of Urban Food Growing. Click to enlarge.

 

 

Volunteer Wednesdays, get involved in Newtown’s new community garden

So we have finally moved to the new garden at Coleg Powys, we are on the college campus, turn off the roundabout by the college/ Theatre Hafren and right before the college main entrance and we are first left and located in the bungalow called Pen Dinas. Emma will be there from 10 am this morning for our first chance to get stuck into the garden and to start making sense of the space. The garden’s main features have been designed as part of a garden design course we ran in the summer and will include polytunnels, a relocated roundhouse and intensive growing area, forest garden, wildlife areas as well a community growing area and micro allotment plots. We have stuck closely to our organic and permaculture gardening principles and it is a great chance for anyone to learn how to approach developing such a space.

Anyone interested in welcome to just come along on a Wednesday between 10 and 4.00 pm or cantact us via the website if you need any info before hand. For groups, special needs and training opportunites do l=please contact us before hand.

The global food waste scandal
Meanwhile, here is a lively and well presented talk on a subject very close to our hearts here at cwm Harry, food waste and the sheer scale of the opportunites that there are reduce this