Community Growing


CLAS helps with £1.1m Big Lottery win for asset transfer in Newtown

CLAS Cymru has helped support a consortium of locally based volunteers, community enterprises and organisations in Newtown, Powys, to secure a £1.1 million in funding from the Big Lottery’s Community Asset Transfer program.

The Going Green for a Living consortium came together in response to Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council’s call to look at new and more sustainable ways to manage the open spaces of Newtown i.e. how could the community generate a better living from our green and blue assets?


Fill The Streets Cardiff 2017 Event Report

CLAS Cymru and its growing partners around Cardiff have been encouraging people to grow more food and flowers in the heart of Cardiff's communities. An event was held in March 2017 to inspire Cardiff community growers, partner organisations, Assembly Members and Cardiff Councillors and Officers at Chapter Arts Centre to work out the simplest way for allowing communities to grow an abundance of food and flowers on the streets.


Guidance on Recreational Open Space

Fields In Trust, an organisation which campaigns for access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation, has created an advisory paper for people wanting to create growing spaces. The new guidelines are very similar in England and Wales and give advice to all local authorities on the amounts of different types of green space that should be provided. 

It is a useful resource for projects/groups negotiating with local authorities for new spaces – including community growing. The information is published here courtesy of Fields In Trust.


Llenwch y Strydoedd â Bwyd (Caerdydd)

Mae CLAS Cymru a’i bartneriaid cynyddol ledled Caerdydd yn awyddus i fynd ati i dyfu! Rydym ni eisiau bwyd a pheillwyr yng nghanol cymunedau sy’n byw a gweithio yng Nghaerdydd. Rydym ni eisiau ysbrydoli Cyngor Caerdydd, Llywodraeth Cymru, tyfwyr cymunedol, cynghorau cymuned a thref, a chymdeithasau tai i ddatblygu ymagweddau  blaengar, ac annog a brwdfrydu cymunedau i dyfu bwyd mewn mannau cyhoeddus a dysglau plannu ar strydoedd Caerdydd.

Ar gyfer pwy y mae’r digwyddiad?


Case Study: Cultivate

Cultivate is a social enterprise based in Newtown, Powys. It was set up as a community benefit society, with a strong focus on local food and everything associated with it. The organisation runs community gardens and a local food shop. It is also involved in training, education and community outreach. Recently the group has started a very specific and new area of work – contracted work in the community.


Case Study: Wild Elements

Wild Elements is a social enterprise based in North Wales, dedicated to getting people outdoors and closer to nature in a fun way, through forest schools and outdoor play schemes and community projects and events. It was set up by Thomas Cockbill and Resi Tomat in March 2013. They had previously been working for the National Trust at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, Gwynedd, carrying out education activities. When that project finished, they could see a need for nature-based play services in the local area.


Case Study: Swansea Community Farm

Swansea Community Farm, the only city farm in Wales, is a unique 3.5 acre site in Fforestfach reconnecting people with their food, their environment and each other through educational, volunteering, training and play opportunities. The farm is a place where people of all ages can learn about the environment, organic gardening and animal care while also taking an active role in the community.


Case Study: Mackintosh Community Garden

Thanks to support from CLAS Cymru, the neglected and overgrown community garden at the Mackintosh Sports Centre in Cardiff is now a thriving community hub with an emphasis on activities for children. The group aims to provide a space the whole community can enjoy and to provide an inner city wildlife haven.


Case Study: Borth Community Gardens

Borth Community Gardens is an initiative to create a space for local people to grow their own food in a communal environment. The allotments and community gardens are located near St. Matthew's Church, Borth, Ceredigion. Activities on the site include gardening, work parties by locals and visiting groups, as well as Open Day events and more informal get-togethers. In addition to cultivated land, the gardens are now home to several chickens, a couple of ducks and bee hives on the community garden section.



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