Plasnewydd Community Garden Project is growing and looking for volunteers, I went to help set up for a children’s Halloween party this weekend and find out more about the project.
Liz and Martin Gower have lived in the same house in Plasnewydd for over 30 years. They have no intention of moving and decided they wanted to become more involved with the people around them. They are already involved in the Roath Residents Action Group but wanted an accessible, physical space where people in the community could gather.
The Plasnewydd Community Garden Projectwas set up in an area of land in the middle of the redevelopment area of Shelly Gardens, close to City Road, where there had been problems with anti-social behaviour.
I joined Liz, Martin and other volunteers setting up for a children’s Halloween party on Saturday which they had been asked to put on by the local PACT (Police and Communities Together) group. Liz told me she is hoping the garden will mean that more people will be able to say hello to each other on the street and that it will help different parts of the community come together.
Instead of allotments the project is aiming for a more integrated space. The local primary school will have some beds to teach gardening, there will be flowers grown for hanging baskets and fruit for jam. They are hoping to hold a jam making day as well as other workshops and opportunities for people to come together and share skills.
So far they have managed to buy, through grants, a generator for teas and coffees and three small marquees which they also rent out cheaply to make some of the money back, they also came in use for the children’s party this weekend.
The garden is intended to not only be a place for growing plants but also community spirit as a place where people can socialise. The next event will be a daffodil planting day on Saturday 5 October from 10am.
Plasnewydd Community Garden are looking for people to get involved in this and the rest of the project. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an expert gardener – there’s plenty of work to be done and people to learn from. Check out the Facebook group for more information or email Liz on roathresidents [at] gmail [dot] com
Want to get involved with a Community Garden and not in Plasnewydd? There’s many others in Cardiff some of which are listed on CF Hub’s Relevant Organisations to sustainability in Cardiff.