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Sunrise Community Garden Ferndale Volunteers

Sunrise Community Garden Ferndale Volunteers

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We are a voluntary community based gardening group founded in 2019 that helps and teaches people of all ages from all walks of life.

We are a group of volunteers who are currently clearing an area of land next to The Arts Factory on Highfield Industrial Park in Ferndale. We are in the process of turning a waste piece of ground into a community garden which will benefit local people. The Arts Factory are currently supporting us to develop the garden.

  • We are currently like a Men’s Shed and our community of Gardeners are increasing in number.
  • Anyone in our community can join us to learn how to garden: how to grow fruit and vegetables.
  • We will hold BBQ style events during the summer months (Taking care of distancing issues during the Covid 19 Pandemic) and for local people to get involved in: we will cook what we have grown and share it with people that attend. The BBQ Events will also help us to raise money to support our future activity.
  • We would like to be independent (from The Arts Factory) and also work with other groups.
  • We will be encouraging people with learning disability and young people from the local Primary Schools accompanied by teachers to our garden to learn about growing from seed in future times.

Interlink started working with us in 2019 when the Group initially set up. We have received a Development Grant from Interlink – this Grant has paid for our Insurance and for flyers to be developed to advertise our Group and activities.

Anyone can join our Group.

Two of our main aims are to involve people with learning difficulties and children with their school Teachers in our gardening activities. We have strong ties with the Arts Factory (That support people with Learning Difficulties) and the Local Primary Schools. We also have good links with the Fern Partnership Community Development Officer.

Our Committee Members learning and development

We have the support of the Ferndale HWB – they have helped us find and attend courses to help us learn about gardening, bush cutting, strimming, Health and Safety and COSHH. (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations)

Phase 1 of our Garden’s development.

We carried out extensive work to clear the garden area: including dismantling a portacabin, clearing and levelling the area. We have also re-used a lot of the material from the area to provide drainage for the area in which we will position the raised beds.

Phase 2

The Pen Y Cymoedd Community Wind Farm Grant we recently received is enabling us to complete Phase 2 of our Garden’s development by providing the secure concrete shed, the hard core areas on which to position the Shed, a Greenhouse, the pathways and the raised beds.

Here are photographs of Sunrise Garden as it looks now – So much has been achieved as we have been spending time at the Garden, during lock down, using our gardening activity as our exercise for the day.

For further information contact Meriel Gough Interlink Community Advice Team and Pen y Cymoedd Supporting Communities Team: mgough@interlinkrct.org.uk / 07598 241359

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