Flowers growing at the Borth Community Garden
As interest grows in producing food and creating green spaces in towns and villages, a project was launched in West Wales last year, focused on creating a network of community gardens across Ceredigion.

Tyfu Ceredigion (‘Growing Ceredigion’) is an initiative of the Ceredigion Local Nature Partnership, managed by Ecodyfi, a bilingual independent development trust delivering sustainable community regeneration in the Dyfi Valley and beyond.

The project has received support from the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER grant scheme, funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Tyfu Ceredigion Project
A patch of land near North Road in Aberystwyth has been transformed

Beginning with a launch event in Penparcau last November, the project’s aim was to bring gardeners together so that they can exchange ideas, share best practice and coordinate their activities.

The Nature Partnership is keen to see more community food growing because it’s a great way to create and support habitats for wildlife. It’s also good for our mental health to be out in nature…

Rachel Auckland, project coordinator

Following its launch last year, a number of follow-on events have taken place this year including:

  • A training session on therapeutic gardening from Angela Paxton in Borth combined with a tour of the Community Garden.
  • Learning Welsh through gardening in Llandysul led by Adam Jones, otherwise known as Adam yn yr Ardd. This also included a tour of Yr Ardd, a new community garden on the outskirts of the town.
  • A workshop at Naturewise in Cardigan where Salena Walker, naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist, ran a practical session on making herbal tinctures using plants from the forest garden.
  • A no dig gardening workshop in Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron led by Stephanie Hafferty, popular no-dig gardening tutor and author, followed by a tour of the gardens.

There are so many great projects and we want to put them in touch with each other.

Rachel Auckland, project coordinator

An important output of the project will be a directory of sites and organisations which will enable the network to carry on functioning once the project concluded last month.

If you would like to have your garden or organisation listed in the public directory, please email: biodiversity@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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