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The Vale of Glamorgan Council Community Investment Team working alongside tenants and residents to develop and improve community initiatives.

Gwenog Court external facelift brings sheltered scheme tenants and school together

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The Community Garden - August 2022 (logo pictured to the right designed

by a pupil at All Saints Church in Wales Primary School)

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Garden Before Pics

Gwenog Court Garden

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Working in partnership with the Community Investment team and local Neighbourhood Manager, a plan was developed for a biodiversity project in the grounds of Gwenog Court, a sheltered housing complex in Barry that supports over 100 residents.


Before this project started the area had very little to offer the residents, pupils or the local community. An in depth consultation and design process took place that aimed to make this area a flagship of what could be achieved through biodiversity and tackling climate change as part of the council's strategy for the future.


Mark Ellis, the project lead commented "the residents of Gwenog Court, having been consulted were excited and happy with the completion of Stage one of the project. As we step out of Covid-19 the community garden will help reduce social isolation and lonliness as opportunities will arise for the residents to have access to the outdoors".


Georgia Thomas, the local Neighbourhood Manager commented "We are really pleased to have received this support thanks to the Welsh Government's Local Places for Nature grant. The project will provide an exciting opportunity for the residents and the local community to access and engage with nature on their doorstep. As a result, we have through our environmental funding supported Stage two of the project to develop the community space for the local school to use which will be launched in February 2023".


Penarth Food Pod

The Penarth Food Pod is now operating from a converted shipping container in the St Luke’s estate.

It is open on Mondays and Fridays between 2pm and 4pm and Wednesday’s from 3.30pm until 5.30pm.

Designed to support local communities that have faced major challenges during the pandemic the food pod will also help tackle the issue of food waste.

The facility is part of the Council’s Clean Slate Neighbourhood programme, a two-year scheme to make this area of Penarth cleaner, greener, healthier and better connected.


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Crawshay Garden Party helps celebrate volunteers

A garden party was held at Crawshay Sheltered Housing Scheme to celebrate the successful intergenerational project between volunteers from Vale Plus Extra, tenants from the scheme at Llantwit Major and school children from Year 5, Ysgol y Ddraig. Crawshay Garden Party


The volunteers have been working with Vale of Glamorgan Neighbourhood Policing Team throughout the Summer and Autumn.


The volunteers have done a fantastic job; planting, de-weeding, tidying, watering and making arts and crafts for the garden. Everyone has worked brilliantly together and enjoyed planting the seeds and watching it grow. Tenants have been able to take fruit and vegetables home and the Crawshay Sheltered Housing Scheme tenants have been enjoying produce at their weekly social afternoon teas.


The project aims to deter rogue traders from targeting vulnerable members of our community by assisting tenants and acting as community guardians, keeping an eye on residents in the Llantwit Major area.


Crawshay Garden Party Pics To mark the celebration the Mayor of Llantwit Major attended and presented certificates to the volunteers who have worked so hard to make the project a success.  Sheralee Baldwin, the scheme coordinator commented “It is so lovely to see the volunteers attending every week and making such a massive difference to the garden. I know I speak on behalf of all the tenants who really appreciate the hard work put in and the beautiful garden they look out on”.


A big thank you to the Big Fresh Catering Company who provided the amazing buffet that was enjoyed by over 80 people who attended the party.