Gardd Gwenynen

A Honey bee garden with composting and food growing, for intergenerational involvement and to educate local school children about seasonal growing, horticulture, crop rotation and biodiversity’. In line with the One Planet approach, Gardd Gwenynen will create more natural resources in the area whilst reducing waste and creating a more resilient rural community.

Location: The community garden, situated to the left of Pennard Primary School and to the right of the community hall (between the two) near 55 Pennard Road, SA3 2AD.

The project has three main elements to it:

  1. Bee hives
  2. Composting
  3. Raised growing beds (for vegetables, salads and herbs)

It involves using hot tumblers (see figures 1 and 2, page 60 and ‘innovation’ Q7. for details).  Turning the tumblers is required every two days, so will be provided by residents who drop off their household food waste.  Also, by a ‘green’ gym for Pennard residents, improving health and supporting a cohesive community. Participants of the scheme unable to participate physically, could have compost dropped off by a neighbour. Compost surplus to site will be available for community use – improving fertility of local gardens; reducing purchases of commercial peat compost, whilst also reducing emissions associated with transporting materials over long distances.

The project, in collaboration with the local primary school and community members, will produce fruit, vegetables and herbs; have bee hives and a community composting facility for the site to compost all waste generated on site. There will also be the ability to take community garden waste, in order to reduce the amount of garden waste collected by the county council.

The bees will produce honey (approximately 13 litres per hive from the second year after they’ve been moved into their new hives). The honey will be collected by trained bee-keeping volunteers in ~ 100 reused glass jars – removing the need for these to be recycled. There will be a willow separator in the garden (created from cuttings from the local community) which will provide a supply of willow material for basket weaving and other crafts – which will be undertaken at the community hall (adjacent).

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LEADER Local Development Fund


Neil Stokes
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