Wild about Wales

Coleg Elidyr

Our workforce includes lots of individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities. They want to create an area that is accessible for everyone, which also helps local wildlife and promotes Welsh heritage

Visitor Information

Coleg Elidyr
Rhandirmwyn
Llandovery
Sir Gaerfyrddin
SA20 0NL

Our wildflower and crafts garden will be open for all staff, learners, volunteers and visitors to enjoy. The materials and produce from our project will be sold locally so everyone can enjoy what we grow!

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Young adults at Coleg will take the lead in running the project. We also have volunteers from the local community & from around the world. We hope that this year, the whole of Wales will help us look for native seeds

Get in touch

Photos of the site

This is our starting plot

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hi I'm Greg, the project manager

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Getting down to work

Friday, March 13, 2015

Helping out our local rescue

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Creating a willow bed

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The finished product!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Promoting genetic diversity

Friday, April 3, 2015

Our lovely volunteers

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sowing wildflowers everywhere!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ploughing the field

Monday, April 20, 2015

Clearing away the old grass

Monday, May 4, 2015

Unpacking all our wildlife things

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Making Coleg colourful

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Composting in the rain

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rehoming bees for our wildflowers

Friday, June 12, 2015

Caring for our future residents

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shifting gravel

Monday, June 22, 2015

Our pretty winding path

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A few hundred local wildflowers

Monday, June 29, 2015

The wildflower plugs are planted

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The long and winding road!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wildflower paper hearts

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy birthday Greg, project boss

Monday, August 3, 2015

Releasing our hoglets on our plot

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Making little terraniums

Monday, September 14, 2015

Handmade benches, lovely!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Collect seeds to grow dye plants

Monday, September 28, 2015

Buying WELSH (Tenby) daffodils !

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Taking a break from it all

Friday, October 16, 2015

Making botanical oils

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Making willow wreathes

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Making stepping stones

Thursday, December 10, 2015

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
A group of trainees and volunteers made mosaic stepping stones for the garden. Once these are dried we will put them out on our plot 10/12/2015 - 09:00 7 Mixed ages
We went out and took cuttings from the willow we planted earlier in the year. We used these to make Christmas wreathes 26/11/2015 - 09:00 5 20 – 25 years
We've been using the botanicals that we dried earlier in the year, to produce lots of lovely oils to sell in our local community 05/11/2015 - 10:00 8 Mixed ages
Our team have been busy clearing away the weeds that have been popping up on our wildflower field 26/10/2015 - 10:30 6 16 - 19 years
Our team of volunteers have been out in all weather, sowing local wildflower meadow seed on our plot 28/09/2015 - 10:00 8 Mixed ages
We have been walking around our local area, gathering seeds from plants which can be used to grow natural dyes 24/09/2015 - 09:15 6 Mixed ages
Our team of woodworking students have been hard at work over the past few months, making us a pair of gorgeous benches to use on our plot 01/07/2015 - 15:45 12 Mixed ages
Planting was rained off this afternoon, so we did a little indoor gardening instead! Mosses & stones were scavenged from our local area 14/09/2015 - 13:30 8 20 – 25 years
We have been planting out our cuttings the past couple of weeks. We have been propagating local flora for our site 07/09/2015 - 09:30 14 20 – 25 years
We held a talk about hedgehogs and invited members of our local community. We talked about what they can do to help hedgehogs in our area 19/08/2015 - 17:30 19 Mixed ages
We made seeded paper, using scrap paper and wildflower seeds collected from a site nearby last year. It can be planted to grow wildflowers 27/07/2015 - 09:00 6 20 – 25 years
Picking & drying calendula petals, to make resources for our soap making group. Calendula has wonderful healing and soothing properties 13/07/2015 - 12:00 4 20 – 25 years
We made the most of the sunshine, and planted up the remaining thousand wildflower plugs this week! We can't wait to see the flowers 06/07/2015 - 12:00 6 Mixed ages
We have now planted half of our wildflower plugs on the plot. We look forward to planting the rest when the sun returns! 01/07/2015 - 10:15 15 Mixed ages
Nearly a thousand (native welsh!) wildflower plugs were delivered to us today. All hands were roped in to help us unload and water them 29/06/2015 - 10:15 8 Mixed ages
Everyone got together to help us move 3 tonnes of locally sourced gravel, to create a path through our future wildflower plot 22/06/2015 - 10:15 15 Mixed ages
We are handrearing two orphan hedgehogs (Bill & Ben) who will be released on our site when they are old enough. This includes 6am feeds! 10/06/2015 - 06:00 8 Mixed ages
Three of our trainees and some our volunteers got together, to choose which native wildflowers are suitable for our area 12/06/2015 - 13:45 8 20 – 25 years
The whole of Coleg is now involved in recycling its food waste, in order to produce compost for future wildflower sowing and growing 03/06/2015 - 10:30 50 Mixed ages
Planting up window boxes and hanging baskets for Coleg, using a mixture of wildflowers and other plants grown from seed 26/05/2015 - 09:00 8 Mixed ages
Over the past week, everyone has been helping us rake away the old grass and weeds, ready to plant the field with wildflowers 04/05/2015 - 08:45 20 Mixed ages
Our farmer came today to plough our field, ready for us to begin work sowing wildflowers and to create a craft resources garden 20/04/2015 - 09:00 3 Mixed ages
In November 2014, learners at Coleg collected old and broken items and sowed wildflowers in them. They are just starting to sprout now! 16/04/2015 - 09:00 10 20 – 25 years
Our volunteers got together to sow a variety of heritage vegetable seeds, donated by the Heritage Seed Library 02/04/2015 - 08:00 7 20 – 25 years
Using cuttings donated to us from a local grower, we've planted a willow bed. It will be used for future sculptures and craft products 23/03/2015 - 09:00 6 Mixed ages
A group of trainees renovated the hedgehog shed, where sick hedgehogs go to recover before being released back into the wild 18/03/2015 - 09:00 5 20 – 25 years
Our first achievement has been to receive the Grow Wild grant. This is the first large project that Greg has planned and budgeted for 03/03/2015 - 11:15 40 20 – 25 years