We grew out of a three year Get Growing project establishing community gardens in Powys. We still are involved in many community projects and promote local growing through our community gardens and courses. Staff are mainly based at the Newtown community garden next to the college, where we have developed a plant nursery, local food hub, gardens and shop. We are also helping establish a horticultural unit in North Wales…. Cultivate Moelyci.
We have founded three substantial community gardens in Powys. Each site has been designed through courses and consultations with local residents and are maintained by groups of volunteers. They all have very unique aspects. You can see the first three years of our project in our Get Growing blog or the continued development of all our work in our Cultivate blog.
People are at the heart of Cultivate. We are committed to building understanding, skills and confidence in all the people we connect with. We host regular training workshops and provide development courses through our partner organisations. We offer volunteer opportunities, host team building days, work and student placements and offer opportunities for care and social services organisations to get involved.
We provide wooden raised beds around the town and for housing associations. On our community gardens we have 35 micro allotments in Newtown and 15 in Llanidloes. The micro allotments are for people that have little to no experience of growing their own. At our sites there is access to tools, seedlings to plant and advice. We hope that this will inspire people to start growing more and hopefully move on to bigger patches. We help want-to-be commercial growers gain access to good growing land, giving horticultural advise and support.
Our Nursery specialises in edible plants and ornamentals for wildlife. We provide a wide range of plants for the veg plot, perennial forest gardens, school garden projects, community projects and to our own market garden. Now also growing a wide range of Welsh native plants, that can be grown to order for your own wild flower meadow.
All our plants are grown on our nursery at the Newtown community garden using peat free compost that we make ourself to match different plants needs. We collect many seeds and cuttings from our own sites, meaning our plants our suitable for our Welsh climate.
The Cultivate local food shop is situated in the centre of Newtown in the newly re-furbished market hall. The shop provides an outlet for local growers and processors to sell their produce. We have a great team of volunteers to staff the shop, enabling us to give a fair price to producers whilst keeping prices low for the consumer.
Our one stop shop stocks a wide range of produce including daily fresh bread, organic milk, fresh vegetables and fruit, dried goods, honey, preserves and alcohol.
If you would like to find out more about any of these activities contact: Cultivate@cwmharry.org.uk