Volunteers, keen and novice gardeners wanted in Newtown

Have you got growing skills to share or are you keen to learn?
Either way we would love to meet you and involve you in the Get-Growing project here in Newtown. We are still in our first year of development and are creating new opportunites for involvement all the time.

fennel-bulb We have a plant nursery where we are growing vegetable plug plants, as  well as ornamental, perennials, fruiting bushes, companion plants and more. We have been running Saturday market stall al this last month and are keen to try out lots more ways to reach out into our community to help build a strong local food economy and support wildlife and biodiversity

spud-trials

Our lead horticulture trainer Emma Maxwell is running crop trials on several varieties of potato as we try and find the most weed resistant strains that we can grow locally and we are very keen to be able to offer informed advice to local growers. We are passionate about wildlife and biodiversity and have come to realise that small scale organic cultivation has a major part to play in long term food security and in protecting our wildlife and biodiversity.

enterprise

We have been working with students from the local college on their enterprise projects and this week we have to congratulation the latest crop of students for their excellent enterprise pject, which we witnessed the presentation of yesterday, in readiness for their going to Newport next to compete for a national award. there are many facets to community growing and we are trying hard to bring them all alive here on our 3 acre site on the edge of Newtown
bloom

Currently we are looking at submitting a bid to the national lottery to re-wild and re-green a large public space in Newtown.. as part of a new national scheme to explore ways to bring public spaces into playing a much bigger part in protesting and enhancing biodiversity and involving a much broader section of the public in interacting, valuing and understanding those spaces

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I lead on the Cwm Harry Skills and training enterprise, am a qualified teacher and permaculture design tutor and garden designer and project consultant. I write several blogs and am an avid networker and communicator on the subjects of sustainability, transition and co-operatives. I have written an occasional column for Channel4/green and have worked for Channel 4 on their 'Dumped' seriesworked as well as for BBC Wales as a green advisor on their Changing Lives- Going Green series, Nov-Dec 2009. I have been working in sustainable development, on project management and development, teaching, growing and small business development all my life really. I also grew up living and working on farms and have a broad experience working in Britain and Canada and Zimbabwe on sustainable agriculture, grass roots permaculture projects, micro business development and housing and worker co-ops. I have been based in Wales since 1994 and currently live in the Welsh borders.