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About Us

Goytre Community Garden is situated in land behind Capel Ed Presbyterian Church. The idea for a community garden was first put forward in June 2014 by a group of people attending Capel Ed. In April 2015, over 20 people from the community with help from Keep Wales Tidy constructed six raised beds on the site. These beds were planted with herbs and vegetables with help from local school children. Since then we have built a composting area and dug a sensory area and two flower borders. We have also developed a seating area with two benches, planted eight fruit trees in an orchard area and planted a bank within the grounds of Capel Ed with wild flowers. We have constructed a bug hotel, a log spiral and a pond. We constructed a living willow and placed inside a remembrance bench. We have developed 10 miniplots and another two community beds. Our most recent developments are to plant a wild flower hedge and build and plant a herb spiral.

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Aims

The aims for which The Garden is established are as follows:

  1. To work with the people of Goytre to bring about a Community Garden for the benefit of the whole community regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, class, ethnic origin, nationality, disability or political or other opinions.

  2. To improve the Garden Area which is the land behind Capel Ed Church, Goytre, and the existing borders and planting spaces within the Church grounds.

  3. To manage and maintain the Garden Area for the benefit of the people of Goytre.

  4. To protect and promote the green spaces, amenities and the environment.

  5. To work with the local councils and any other local organisations, professional or voluntary, for the benefit of all community gardeners.

  6. To promote and encourage a community spirit through gardening.

  7. To promote equal opportunities within the community and especially to engage with younger people.

  8. To promote and develop a culture and opportunities for growing food, cooking and sourcing local products.

  9. To provide information to all members and regularly consult with them using a variety of means as decided on by the Committee.

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Where are we going?

Future   plans are to build two further miniplots in response to demand from the community and to procure a bigger greenhouse which will allow us to propogate seeds and grow a wider variety of plants and vegetables. We want to continue to build on and develop the links we have in the community and make the garden an area that everyone can access and enjoy.

If you want to find out more about how you can get involved you would be very welcome to come and meet us at our monthly Meet and Greets or alternatively fill in the contact form on this site.

You can find out when the next Meet and Greet session is here.

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Where are we now?

The garden is managed by a committee who meet on a monthly basis. We are now in the sixth year of the garden and the area looks so much better. It has been massively transformed from an untidy patch of grass to an attractive and productive garden. We could not have done this without the help and support of people in the community who have provided expertise, labour and donations of plants and financial support.

Find out more about the organisations who have helped us here.

Copyright Goytre Community Garden 2020

Capel Ed

Capel Ed Lane

Penperlleni

Pontypool

Monmouthshire

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