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Grow Wild: Five Fields Community Garden project.
Grow Wild: Five Fields Community Garden project.

THANKS to new funding from Grow Wild, the Five Fields Community Garden project is set to bridge the generation gap by bringing a wealth of gardening experience together with young enthusiasm in a new innovative, intergenerational project.

The scheme will see the Carmarthen Youth Project Dr M’z bring together the young people of Carmarthen with the Five Field Allotment Committee to create a communal area at their allotment in Five Fields.

Over the next six months the collaborative will redesign the Five Fields garden by building raised beds and providing wheelchair access to the eco toilet, planting native flowers, producing bilingual signage and other artwork and building a BBQ area and picnic benches, as well as holding a grand opening in September.

Cath Seymour, Dr M’z’s Youth Worker, explains why she’s excited for the project to get under way: “We want this project to be the start of lots of new friendships, as well as intergenerational partnerships. This project is for everyone, even if you’ve never been to our youth club before. We are at the allotment after school on Wednesdays and every morning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and we welcome all volunteers to come along and help build this community garden for all to enjoy.”

Nature and plants will be key to the new community garden, as each raised bed will have a theme; one to attract bees, another butterflies, one with herbs and another with wild flowers.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Five Fields project is one of nine community initiatives across Wales which have been awarded funding of between £1,000 and £4,000 by Grow Wild to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing native plants.

Maria Golightly, the Wales Partnership Manager for the Grow Wild campaign says: “The Five Fields project is an innovative and truly different approach to engaging young people in their local area and improving their green spaces. What this project will demonstrate is that these green spaces are important for communities in all sorts of ways – not only as pleasant recreational spaces to enjoy, but as invaluable resources in terms of mental wellbeing and social health too.”