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“Innovative community garden project brings generations together and connects children to nature”

27, Sep, 2021

Pennard Community Council are delighted to have been awarded funding to set up ‘Gardd Gwenynen’ (Honey bee garden) - a community garden within the Pennard Ward. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government, and supported by Swansea Rural Development Partnership at Swansea Council. from Swansea’s Rural Development Partnership. 

Perfectly positioned between the local primary school and the community hall, it will be a space to support and enhance the physical, mental, social and emotional health of the community and a space to benefit and protect the natural environment too. 

A community composting area will be set up using different sized hot tumblers for a mixture of abilities. Bee hives will be established for local honey and raised beds built at a variety of heights for growing vegetables, salads and herbs. Trees and bushes will be planted for fruit and pollinators, along with native wildflowers. The food will be planted, grown, harvested and eaten by school children, community members and also benefit anyone on our community PEFTA scheme (Pennard Emergency Food and Technology Assistance). 

The community and the school will work in partnership to create and care for the garden and increase biodiversity and habitats. It will be a natural resource for generations to come which benefits both the community and the environment. We are eager to establish this innovative and inclusive pilot project which could be rolled out across other rural wards in Swansea and Gower. As in order to make good decisions which will positively impact upon the global environment of the future, we need the adults of tomorrow to genuinely care about the natural world today. We believe this starts in their local community now, whilst they are children. From the micro to the macro - we need them to realise that they are not separate from nature, but are indeed a part of nature. This is why this project matters. 

Gardd Gwenynen has the support of Swansea Rural Development Partnership, Pennard Primary School, Pennard Community Council, Pennant Homes and Coastal Housing, West Glamorgan Beekeeping Association, Cae Tan CSA, Swansea Growing Network and most importantly the community itself. Indeed the ideas were originally seeded by community members who posted their ideas on the Pennard page of the VocalEyes platform. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this grant and are incredibly grateful to the LAG for seeing the potential in our project.

We aim to create a fantastic community resource working closely with Pennard Primary School and the wider community” 

(Councillor Susan Rodaway, Chair of the Environment Committee at Pennard Community Council). 

To find out more go to our website or social media pages: Website: www.pennardcc.org.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/PennardCommunityCouncil 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PennardCC 

To volunteer or support this project, please contact: pennardcommunitycouncil@gmail.com or 07825 225567