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Monday, 17 October 2011The trustees of the Cambrian Wildwoods Project thought it would be good to have a logo for the project, and we have decided to hold a competition to produce ideas for a logo. While the name in English seems to be settled, ‘Cambrian Wildwood’, we are still finalising the name in Welsh, probably ‘Coetir Anian Cambria’. The logo can include the names, or just be the names alone, or possibly a stand-alone image. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer a prize for the winning entry, except the fame associated with having designed the logo in use. Unless we can persuade somebody to donate something to offer….. We reserve the right to adapt the winning entry to produce a final version.
Wednesday, 07 September 2011To celebrate the growth in community growing in Wales and the launch of our new Tyfu Pobl programme, we are looking for some of the most stunning shots from community farming and gardening projects around Wales.
Send us your best shots for the following categories:
1. Tyfu Pobl: a photograph that best demonstrates ‘Growing People’ this will then become the image to represent our new programme, with publicity across Wales and the UK.
2. On the Farm: your best shot of any animals, or wildlife on your project, these could be interesting, amusing or just plain cute.
3. In the Garden: your best shot of your garden; this could be of produce, plants or your community garden or allotment.
There will be prizes for the first three in each category and your photo and project will also receive national recognition through our newsletters and publications.
The winners will be announced and prizes awarded by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programme, Alun Davies at our launch of the Tyfu Pobl programme on Friday 23rd September at Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran.
All entrants submitted must also have completed the attached form. Please can you submit your entries by 5th September 2011.
Wednesday, 07 September 2011A new programme to help people set up and manage growing schemes in the heart of their community has been launched across Wales by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG).
Called Tyfu Pobl (Growing People), is funded through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is itself funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union. The three year programme will support a variety of schemes, including community farms, allotments, community gardens, community orchards and Community Supported Agriculture schemes. It is a direct result of booming interest in community food growing and creating natural green spaces.
The Welsh Government-funded programme will ensure that community groups don't work in isolation - local people will be encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise so that connections between new and well-established growing schemes are created throughout Wales.
A new development team is already in place, with regional offices in Cardiff, Pembrokeshire, Newtown and Bangor (contact details below). Meanwhile a Community Enterprise and Funding Coordinator to help combat the withering effects of the current funding climate by accessing funding sources and working with groups so they become more financially sustainable and less grant reliant.
As part of the programme, local growing groups will benefit from support and advice from the development team as well as fieldworkers drawn from existing groups and allotments mentors. A travel bursary scheme will also be available so groups can visit each other's sites and regional meetings to enable local growers and gardeners to meet up, learn new skills and swap ideas and inspiration.
An official launch event takes place on 23-24 September at Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran, which will kick off the new autumn programme of regional gatherings and training events. Training will be delivered around 4 main areas; sustainability, social inclusion, the setting up of a community growing project and the creation of community growing spaces for land owners.
Introducing the new Tyfu Pobl Development Team
South East Wales (Cardiff) Office Tel: 0292 0225942
South West Wales Office Tel: 01834 869927
Unit 1A, The Old School, Station Road, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 7DU.
Mid Wales Office Tel: 01686 946235
Cwm Harry Land Trust, Unit H, Vastre Industrial Estate, Newtown, Powys SY16 1DZ.
North Wales Office Tel: 01248 208630
Ty Gwydr / Greenhouse, 1 Trevelyan Terrace, High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1AX.
Tuesday, 09 November 2010Llais y Goedwig is commissioning community woodland groups to write up a case study on their group and woodland. Five case studies are to be written detailing the setting up, running and evolution of each group; groups should be full members of Llais y Goedwig.
The case studies should explain the history of the group and include anything you’ve tried that you’d like to share or reflect on. We’d like the case studies to be examples of what worked or didn’t work for your group, highlighting lessons learned along the way and explaining any innovative ideas for example: for income generation, community involvement or woodland management.
The finished case studies will be made available on the Llais y Goedwig website as the first in a series of publications showcasing the achievements of Llais y Goedwig’s members.
Funding from Llais y Goedwig will be provided so the group can prepare and write up the case study. Submissions in English or Welsh will be accepted.
Your letter should briefly outline the following:
- location, type and age of your group
- nature and extent of your woodland
- the type of activities you undertake
- the activity you want to showcase in your case study
- why your case study would be of interest to other groups
Thursday, 18 February 2010Tree O'Clock was a Breathing Places initiative to encourage people to plant trees during a single hour on 5 December 2009.
Blaen Bran Community Woodland (BBCW) in South East Wales took part in this national event. David Williams, secretary of the group, said “BBCW weren't sure what to expect in looking to take part in Tree O'Clock on 5th December, but it was a great opportunity to have all the committee and a wide range of members involved. We had to fill in some documentation from 'Breathing Spaces', but they were very helpful - and a couple of BBC Wales staff came along as observers. Local scouts and their families got in on the act - and some 2400 trees were planted. We had all ages - from six to eighty - and it was great to see groups working together, with the weather smiling on us as well. It was quite a lot of hard work and planning - but a great project to get people involved in.”
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Click here to contact Blaen Bran Community Woodland.
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- Linking Communities and Woodlands in South East Wales
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- Call for submissions for Woodland culture book
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- Linking Communities and Woodlands event- 9th October
- Social Enterprise Awards Wales
- Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) Community Woodlands Competition
- New Brecon Beacons Trust offering funding
- Awards for Coed y Bobl
- Woodland Trust grants for community woodlands
- Launch of Llais y Goedwig – a new voice for community woodlands in Wales
- Launch of 'Llais y Goedwig' in North Wales
- Launch of 'Llais y Goedwig' at the Welsh Assembly, 10th February 2009
- Welsh delegation goes to Scotland
- A Wales Community Woodland Association has been formed!
- Llais y Goedwig (voice of the woodlands)
- Nanteos and Penparcau Big Day Out
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