During 2020 we came together to encourage community growing opportunities across Penarth.
Penarth Growing Community creates and maintains spaces for wildlife and food growing, and we run workshops, open sessions and events.
We are a GPG project, Co-founded by Sally Hughes and Eurgain Powell (GPG lead) in January 2020 after a community gathering of 100 plus people came together to define what we could do locally to tackle the climate and nature crisis.
We work closely with other community groups, namely Penarth Civic Society, Penarth Living Streets, STOL Coffee and the Friends of groups for the local parks.
PGC has been supported by Keep Wales Tidy with two small garden packs, one installed at Golden Gates Park with the Friends there, one installed at Stanwell Crescent by Paul Beswick and neighbours. We support Friends of Belle Vue with their raised beds. We work most closely with Friends of the Kymin and Benthyg Penarth in developing the Kymin Grounds. And Penarth Town Council to tend the West House Community Garden. We also work closely with Food Vale on the Sustainable Food Places project.
We had a large development pack from Keep Wales Tidy in 2021/22 for the Kymin. We also had a small pot of funds from Penarth Town Council in 2021 to buy wildflower seed to give to people who signed up to our Growing Together network.
In March 2022 we began our first funded programme – Growing Together – Grow-along: a year-long programme of workshops, open sessions and events on growing, foraging and eating well.
We are now seeking further funding opportunities, including a potential collaboration with Awesome Wales connected to Sustainable Food Places and a Community Growers network for the Vale with Food Vale, as well as seeking funds to develop the Kymin grounds.