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
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.
There is a regular art club group who meet on Wednesday’s to sketch and paint in the Pen Dinas garden.
Bees on lavender, a contribution from this week’s art club
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.
The Hugl Kultur beds have disappeared under the marrow, pumpkins and courgettes
Some of the crop, the box was too heavy to lift!
Some lovely brassicae plants growing in the community garden micro plots.
Permaculture principles number 2: Catch and Store Energy. Water is a vital energy!
The wildlife is loving the garden, this slow worm is helping regulate garden pests,
One of our own designed raised beds with a bean tower which we made on one of the crafts courses here.
A regular contributor to the garden in Sue Stickland, who will be running day long workshop on Seedsaving next month, click image for details.
Finally the 2 polytunnels are going back up, Dave, Tom and Crew have been working hard on this..
Some of the community micro plots… it never ceases to amaze me how much produce can come out of a small space.
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
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 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.