Tickets have now sold out for the Wales' biggest festival of community growing, the Tyfu Pobl All Wales Gathering, 12-14 June at the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth. We have setup a waiting list for those wanting to book on in case of any withdrawals - you can book on to the waiting list here: http://bit.ly/1APAdjG
Ducks, chickens and micro-pig settling in at Tyfu Pobl's newest members
Riverbank Primary School in Caerau, Cardiff have become Tyfu Pobl and FCFCG's latest members after opening their very own school farm. The farm, which includes allotments, ducks, chickens, rabbits and a micropig, has been created to give the school's special needs pupils the chance for contact with animals as a way to build the children's self-esteem. Deborah Herald, Deputy Head, said: “We’ve already seen an amazing difference in some children connecting with the animals in a way they’re not always able to do with people. Those relationships, and learning about where their food comes from and how to prepare it, are vital life skills that can stay with them forever.”
FCFCG South East Wales Development Sam Holt worker has been supporting Riverbank Primary in setting up the farm, and we'll keep you posted about their progress (and lots of pics of the amazing micro-pig)!
Landmark planning decision could have major impact for community growers
A ruling relating to the development carried out at the Roundhouse Partnership site near Cardiff means community growing projects now have more scope to carry out changes and developments on their site, as long as they are deemed vital and in keeping with the agricultural use.
The case began when Vale of Glamorgan Council ruled that three ponds dug by the Roundhouse Partnership on their site counted as an ‘unauthorised development’. But planning Inspector Melissa Hall has since ruled that: “The ponds provide vital sustainable drainage, essential to sustain productive agricultural use.”