North Wales community gardening projects receive funding

Community projects in rural areas of Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy are benefiting from a new £1.3million fund.

The Fund provides funds for sustainable start-ups across the region and is administered by rural development agency Cadwyn Clwyd.

It is funded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities Rural Development Program funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government.

The fund enables groups like Holt Community Gardeners to install a wind turbine on their site.

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They have a solar panel and are installing a wind turbine, both powering a battery system which is also being upgraded, with the help of a £1.3m grant from the Green Communities Fund.

The £10,000 they have received from the environmental fund, administered by rural regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd, also pays for their eco-hub, which houses the battery system, to be refurbished, a new polytunnel and a workshop.

The award-winning Holt Community Gardeners have grown to 50 members since their inception three years ago, after a conversation between local residents Bob Campbell and Peter Bostock.

Haf Roberts, left, and Cara Roberts, of Cadwyn Clwyd, with Holt community gardeners Peter Bostock, left, and Bob Campbell.

Now they are banking on renewables to power them and Peter said: ‘The new batteries will power our heated beds which will help our flowers bloom sooner and we are getting help from renewable energy students at the University from Glyndwr on the best way to use the system.

“It’s amazing when we started we thought we were just going to put a few baskets hanging around the village and now we have green power and this grant means we have heated beds throughout the winter so so that we can grow the flowers we bought.”

The leader: Cara Roberts of the Green Communities project in Cadwyn Clwyd, in the Holt housing estates.Cara Roberts of the Green Communities project in Cadwyn Clwyd, Holt housing estates.

Cadwyn Clwyd’s Green Communities Manager, Haf Roberts, said: ‘It’s very community driven and very community driven and using green energy means reducing their carbon emissions.

“They bring people together to grow their own flowers, fruits and food and they do it in a very sustainable way.

“We are delighted that Holt Community Gardeners is one of the first to benefit from our funding and we look forward to seeing their ideas grow.

Communities with a project idea in eligible counties can declare an interest by completing the form available on the Cadwyn Clwyd website, by clicking here.