Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi Valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales. A new sustainable heating system has recently been installed at the mansion to heat the grade II listed historic house. A water source heat pump draws heat from an ancient pond which is connected to the house by way of a rare eighteenth century drainage system.
It is believed to be the first geothermal system is one of the first of its type to be installed in Wales. Visit www.aberglasney.org
Banc Organics is a not-for-profit community supported agriculture scheme growing organic vegetables and fruit in Bancffosfelen. A wide range of organic vegetables is grown and sold as weekly boxes. Regular Farm Days (on a Saturday or Sunday) are also held. The core group is small and any help is appreciated. Anyone interested in volunteering, contact Sue Bilsborough 01554 810894 or visit www.bancorganics.co.uk
Ferryside Village Forum
The group was set up for the benefit of the residents of Ferryside and Picton and the surrounding area. They have supported a range of initiatives over the years. The village has a thriving outdoor produce and craft market and many villagers use the market to shop locally. The group regularly carries out beach litter picks and has created growing spaces for fruit and vegetables.
Garnant Family Centre
The centre hosts an eco community garden. The environmentally-friendly area has an eco lodge, a composting toilet, raised flower beds, a poly tunnel, a vegetable and fruit patch, a chicken run and coop, a sensory garden, and play equipment including swings, climbing frames and a roundabout. Around 40 families access the centre for family support, employment skills and training, and general leisure and recreation activities. The garden is also available to community groups wishing to use for outdoor events. Contact Eira Wilshere on 01269 82594.
Llandeilo Growers has developed from Transition Town Llandeilo initiative, to promote local food growing. They are hoping to acquire suitable land and facilities in order to develop significant local fruit and vegetable growing on a community and commercial basis.
They promote community involvement and bring health, social, economic and environmental benefits to people of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to providing healthy, locally grown food and with strong community involvement this project will contribute significantly in reducing food miles.
Llannon Community Allotment
The popular growing space accommodates 36 spaces growing organic produce. The one acre field also boasts an attractive pond. The thriving allotments project is run by local resident Philip Snaith. If you're interested in taking on a plot call Philip Snaith on 01269 832205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This busy Llanelli centre is run by 80 volunteers and is home to a fruit orchard, chicken run and coop, and a food bank. The large project is aimed at helping locals maintain a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. All fruit and vegetables are grown by community volunteers as a teaching project to improve skills, and the produce that is grown is used to serve the coffee shops and to educate people how to cook simple fresh food. All food-related kitchen and garden waste is composted to create good quality compost for re-use on the growing space. The centre is also the base of the Elim Pentecostal Church. Visit www.myrtlehouse.org.uk
National Botanical Gardens
Its mission is to inspire, educate and conserve. The gardens are host to an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside.
It's developed a range of themed gardens that appeal to a wide range of visitors, from those who just love the sight and smells of flowers to those who want to know about medicinal plants or the latest DNA research into plant evolution. It houses the world's largest single spanned glasshouse, designed by Lord Foster, that has the best display of Mediterranean climate zone plants in the Northern hemisphere. It's also helping to conserve some of the rarest plants in the world, but perhaps it's our competitive pricing and attractive.
Their new Growing the Future project helps people to grow their own food by offering training and information. For further information go to www.growingthefuture.co.uk
The National Trust is a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces such as historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs. They are then opened to the public.
It is one of the largest voluntary conservation organisations in Europe (recruiting more than one member every minute during the summer months). The only organisation in the UK to have a larger membership is the AA. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Torcefn Farm Produce, Pontyates
A small business engaged in producing local home grown vegetables and horticultural plants. In the main the farm grow potatoes, beans, peas, brassicas and most root vegetables selling at our local produce market in Pontyates. They are currently in discussions with the local primary schools to arrange for the children to visit their smallholding to experience how vegetables are sown, grown and harvested. Raised beds will be provided to allow the children to plant and monitor the growth of their own produce and possibly sell them for school funds.
Ty Hapus Family Centre
Ty Hapus Family Centre is a registered charity (1047689) and is based on a large housing estate in the centre of Carmarthen Town. The centre has a fruit and vegetable growing area which is maintained by staff and after school club children. The centre is used to support families in areas of need and host a number of activities. Tel: 01267 223020