Cultivate grew out of the Get-Growing project. This was a three year project funded by the lottery and supported by Cwm Harry Land Trust, between 2012 and 2015. We establish community market gardens in North Montgomery, working with schools and old peoples organisations and promoting the local food economy. We are a core team of four that is rapidly expanding to include gardeners, apprentices and many volunteers from all walks of society.
Our main community market garden is at ‘Pen Dinas’ next to and leased from Newtown College, work started there in September 2012. In 2013 we established two more community food gardens in Llanidloes and Llanfyllin. Each site began with a community garden design course, where locals and other community gardeners from further afield came together to create the design for the new garden. During this course we teach the principles of surveying, basic permaculture, scale drawing whilst engaging with the community to get ideas of what the locals want from the site and how it can be designed to meet everybodys needs.
Llanidloes food garden can be found off Bethel street behind the old Benbows and chapel. This small garden has 10 micro allotments, communal herb beds, cob oven, sunken seating area, fruit terraces and wildlife area.
Llanfyllin garden is near the health centre and recycling area. It is a large open space with trees and forest garden area containing edible plants, fruit bushes, trees and herbs.
All sites are open to the public at all times, they all have regular volunteer days and all are welcome, on a drop in basis. We have micro allotment on each site allowing individuals, families or groups with no gardening knowledge or no access to land an opportunity to grow their own food. We also run many courses in horticulture, permiculture and traditional crafts.
Cultivate was formed as a growers, producers and volunteer co-op. Cultivate volunteer directors still manages the community gardens, but on the ground the sites are on the whole run by members of the community working as volunteers to keep things growing. Cultivate in 2015 opened a community shop in Newtown market hall. The community local and organic shop is run by volunteers with a part time manager. This allows the shop to support local growers and producers giving them a fair price for their produce and keeping costs lower for customers.
If you are interested in getting involved in community gardening or volunteering please get in touch with the Cultivate team.