Five Fields Community Garden, Carmarthen

Young people from Dr M’z youth drop-in centre in Carmarthen have teamed up with local residents to create a new community garden at the allotments. The Five Fields Community Garden project has enabled young people aged 11-25 to work alongside allotment holders - typically older and retired volunteers - to create and maintain a shared space all can enjoy.

Young and old alike have given up their free time and worked together to do something positive for their environment – challenging perceptions and fostering supportive community relationships along the way.

The project received a real boost earlier this year in the shape of a Grow Wild Community Project funding award - allowing them to add a beautiful wild flower area to the garden. Members of the youth club got busy sowing native wild flower seeds in trays, with allotment holders pitching in to help construct raised beds, gravel the access areas, and move 10 tonnes of soil!

Summer activities included art workshops and a BBQ to celebrate the site’s grand opening. In April, the garden even had its very own Eco Loo installed, which attracted the attention of the Mayor, who dropped in to admire the group’s handiwork. Recently, six of the project participants have been presented with community service awards by the Carmarthen Rotary Club. 

It was a real group effort and the community has already been reaping the benefit. Project leader Catherine Seymour said, “Many local people and allotment holders have commented positively about the colourful communal area, which has become a focal point for the five fields allotments. All involved are proud of their achievement which continues to bloom and look beautiful.”

Inspired? Click HERE to find out how you can apply now to be part of our 2016 community projects. The closing date for applications is 1 December 2015. Just think what your group could achieve!