Public growing space for Llanidloes

Cwm Harry have a reputation in Mid Wales for its passion about waste reduction and turning food waste into high nutrient compost for growers. What people know less perhaps is that Cwm Harry also has a passion for growing local food and the Get-Growing project, funded by the national lottery was a result of nearly three years of hard work developing a garden at the old compost factory on the Vastre estate.

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So now we have established a public accessible space for growing in Newtown as part of our commitments via the Get-Growing project we are seeking to do the same for Llanidloes. Work is already underway clearing the site for the garden and Emma Maxwell have been leading a local team of volunteers over the last few weeks.

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The cleared site, ready for work to begin

Next stage is to come up with a design for the garden, and we are running the design process as a 5 day course which will mainly be based at the Pen Dinas garden in Newtown. Part of this includes a Public Consultation with local residents and potential garden stakeholders, which will take place on Wednesday 25th September.

Please Get In touch if you would like to contribute to this process. This is open to any one in the Llanidloes area who would like to help shape the garden design to better meet local needs.

 

New community growing space for Llanidloes

The Get-Growing team is coming to Llanidloes to help establish a new food growing community garden. The new site will be at the back of Picton Street and Great Oak Street (behind old Benbows/ Benjis). There will be a communal growing space and micro allotments.
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In September we are running a community garden design course so that the community can design their own garden. The course is £125 full price but places are available for £25  for volunteers and community members working on the project. This is a 5 day intensive course teaching elements of permaculture design, surveying, scale drawing and client interviews, resulting in a finished design of the site.

We are starting to clear the site now, ready to start building the structure of the garden during the autumn/  winter after the design course.

Volunteer sessions will be every Thursday afternoon 2pm – 4.30pm, Starting the 1st August.

Please tell your friends and anyone who may be interested to meet me (Emma) in the café garden (Behind the vegi café Great Oak Street), prompt at 2pm and I will show you where the garden to be developed is. In following weeks we will meet at the new site.

We look forward to working with you.

Here's one we did earlier. Wildlife garden in Llanidloes, designed by Emma Maxwell, of Get-Growing

Here’s one we did earlier. Wildlife garden in Llanidloes, designed by Emma Maxwell, of Get-Growing

Community Garden Design course

Community Garden design course 2013

Community Garden design course 2013

We ran this week long course last year to design the Pen Dinas community garden site we have here in Newtown. This year we are going to be working on a community garden site in Llanidloes as well as a school site Caersws. The 5 day course will be based in Newtown at the Get-Growing centre next to Coleg Powys. The course will be an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in community growing, garden design, permaculture and putting those interests into practice. Our towns and communities are full of odd unused spaces.. just going begging for someone with a bit of drive and imagination to see the potential it. Dead urban blighted spaces can quickly become attractive and productive wild life heavens.

With tutors Emma Maxwell, Sue Stickland (tbc) and Steve Jones you will get an insight in garden design process, drawing and presenting ideas as well as a thorough intuition into the principles of natural systems and working with nature and wildlife. Participants will get to take part in designing a real site, undertaking client interviews and in generating an integrated site design.

The resulting design will be implemented and there will be an opportunity for local residents to become fully involved in this process.

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This community wildlife garden was designed and planted by course tutor Emma Maxwell 4 years ago.. it is jsut a few yards away from the derelict site we hope to redesign and shows the potential of what could be achieved

The focus for the week is fun, practical and in generating a real tangible outcome. This will give you the tools and confidence to go out and design a community garden for yourself. Full price of £125 includes lunches and the whole course.. but for those involved in community gardening, either actively or as a volunteer then there are places available on application for £25 only.

This challenging but excellent site has all the ingredients that we look for in a site and to a certain extent the dereliction and waste make it even more attractive in the light of the potential for transformation.

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Emma Maxwell and volunteer contemplate the site at Llanidloes that we have been offered as a potential community garden.

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