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Gwalia’s green-fingered gardeners get a taste of the good life

Gwalia’s green-fingered gardeners get a taste of the good life

Flowers Gwalia and the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner are helping to give green-fingered Brecon residents a taste of the good life through the development of a community garden.

Brecon Foyer, Brecon Homeless Project and Stoneleigh Manor have secured £3,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s fund to create a community garden which has the potential to grow produce which can be sold at local farmer’s markets.

Simon Jones, area manager, said the garden will be developed at Brecon Foyer but those accessing support from other Gwalia projects in the area and local community groups can get involved.

He said: "The aim is to plan and create a communal space to produce home grown vegetables and get involved in creating recipes and cooking their own produce. If that goes well, the longer term outcome is to hopefully start selling the produce in the local farmer’s market."

The three Brecon-based projects help, support and provide advice to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. To break down barriers community groups will be encouraged to get involved in developing the garden and get to know the people who need that bit of support to make positive changes.

Simon said: "The funds will be managed equally by both staff and clients and will be used to purchase gardening tools, benches and other furniture, wall art, plants and seeds, paint, raised beds and other gardening materials needed to put together a community garden.

"We feel that developing a community garden and involving local groups will help build on the relationships that already exist between the projects and the community."

Our Director of Housing and Support, Andrew Vye said forging relationships with the community and local police force is key to the success of such projects: "Securing this funding is testament to the fact that these projects in Brecon are having a positive impact in the communities we work. The staff working at Brecon Foyer, Brecon Homeless and Stoneleigh Manor are providing an excellent support service and the garden will be a visual reminder of the many people Gwalia staff have supported through a difficult time in their lives."

Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said he wishes all those connected with this project the very best.

"The Commissioner’s Fund is all about building stronger communities and that’s just what this garden will do," he said.