Introduction – How we came to Parc Teifi
We created and successfully ran a community forest garden near Cardigan for 10 years which came to an end in 2017. During the 10 years many hundreds of children and volunteers were involved by: Working, planting, picking, learning and playing in the garden. The old land was bought by a new landlord and came to an end.
We began to look around for a new site and saw the land at Parc Teifi. We made contact with the Welsh Government and they were impressed with our work and achievements over the last 30 years with communities in London and in the last 15 years in West Wales. Much of the work was achieved through a huge volunteer commitment and funded primarily through the Eco Shop and kind donations from local businesses in Cardigan.
Community Asset Transfer and Getting the Keys
After writing a proposal for a community asset transfer in June 2017, and working with the solicitors to agree all the terms. We were given the keys to the new site at Parc Teifi in February in 2019. The picture shows the first small group to see the official new site ate Parc Teifi.
Community Interest Company
In order to receive the land we put in place a community interest company CIC. This is a community benefit company that will keep the land secure indefinitely for the benefit of the community and environment.
We felt it was time to invest in a project that would have a safe and secure future.
Starting the planting
We began planting the forest garden in the winter of 2019. During the first year we out in place infrastructure like the bridge, sheds, shelter and made the site safe. This was a huge amount of work, employing many skilled people to build and develop the site which was all managed by Alpay.
The Eco Shop was set up in 2010 in Cardigan which successfully operates today and is kept open 11am – 3pm six days a week by a dedicated bunch of volunteers. The money the shop makes has funded all the work in the new forest garden site thus far.
We also received a grant from the community fund which funded the open day, permaculture course, forest schooling planning and planting days and administration.
What is a Forest garden?
Forest gardens are sustainable, edible landscapes designed to work like the natural structure of forests with their tree, shrub and herb associations. These are some examples of what a forest garden can be made of: fruit and nut trees (plum, apple, pear, almond, hazel) fruit bushes (currants, worcester berries, raspberries and loganberries) herbs (rosemary, sage. lavender, mint, and borage ) Making use of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers to build a woodland habitat. Community Forest gardening is about people and their communities , learning and working with nature not against it to fulfill their diverse needs. Forest gardens can be planted in back gardens, school grounds, public space. They have the potential to contribute enormously to the social, physical, spiritual, economic and environmental well being of communities.
Forest gardening is a prehistoric method of securing food in tropical areas. It was in the 1980s that Robert Hart coined the term “forest gardening” after adapting the principles and applying them to temperate climates.
Where to find us
Parc Teifi, Cardigan
We are open every Tuesday from 10am till 4pm (in summer when the light is good we often work on). We are also open 3rd Saturday of every month where we usually cook food on the fire.
Bring your own drinking water/ food/ gloves. We provide tea and biscuits.
Volunteer At The Forest Garden
All are welcome, there is always something to be done and ways to enhance your gardening skills and knowledge in forest gardening and permaculture.
With a vast range of plants to look after and designs to implement, there are jobs for
all and families are welcome. We meet Every Tuesday and the 3rd Saturday in the month 10-4 pm . Children are the responsibility of parents and can play freely or contribute to tasks.
Latest Forest Garden News
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- Tree planting & Garden tasks (3/9/2020) - Tree Planting & Garden tasks March 15th 2020, 10am – 3.30pm at Parc Teifi, Cardigan (50 meters past police station) We will plant a wind break using willow across the upper field led by Michelle Caine we will finish planting fruit trees, and put more stones on the roof. Lots… ...continue reading