Grange Pavilion is helping residents reverse nature’s decline and grow their own food thanks to a new garden scheme from environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.
‘Local Places for Nature’ is offering communities free ‘development’ packages that include training, advice, practical help and support to install new green spaces, as well as tools, materials and equipment to care for them long-term.
Grange Pavilion will be creating a large-scale food growing area thanks to Local Places for Nature, including:
- Five native fruit trees
- Two raised beds made of wooden sleepers (approximately 2.4m x 1m)
- Allotment seed collection
- Fruiting pot plants
- Fruiting shrubs
- 40m2 of wildflower turf
- 50m of fencing
- Greenhouse (1.97m x 1.97m)
- Water butt
- Compost bin
- Path creation (ten metres)
- Tool store (1.57m x 1.43m)
- Bench made of recycled plastic (1.2m wide)
- Variety of hand tools to install and maintain garden
The allotment site in the south-east corner of the grounds
Sophey Mills, Grange Pavilion Manager said:
“The Local Places for Nature package means so much to us here at Grange Pavilion as it will start off our community allotment and help Grangetown residents grow their own food and learn about seasonal growing and harvesting. We can’t wait to get started!
I would encourage any community group looking to grow their own food or greenify an area to apply to Local Places for Nature. The application form is really straightforward and you hear back in weeks not months.”
The allotment will be positioned in the south-east corner of the garden.
Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said:
“More than ever, people are recognising the value of nature to the health and well-being of our communities. We are delighted that groups, like Grange Pavilion now have the opportunity to make a real difference through Local Places for Nature. We know there are many other areas that could benefit from the scheme and we’re urging people to get involved while there are still free packages available.”
The initiative is part of a wider £5m Welsh Government ‘Local Places for Nature’ fund committed to acquiring, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.
Packages are still available to community groups and organisations. To apply for Local Places for Nature, visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru/nature
· Next application deadline for Local Places for Nature is 31 August
· Free garden packages are still available to community groups and organisations