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FCFCG Wales - July Newsletter - Cylchlythyr Gorffennaf

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens Newsletter


Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens


July 2014
Gorffenaf 2014

Welcome to the July edition of our newsletter
Croeso i'r rhifyn Gorffenaf o ein cylchlythyr

In this edition:



Tyfu Pobl News









Mid Wales



North Wales



South East Wales



South West Wales



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Newyddion Tyfu Pobl









Canolbarth Cymru



Gogledd Cymru



De Ddwyrain Cymru



De Orllewin Cymru



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Tyfu Pobl News


FCFCG in Wales is recruiting

FCFCG is currently recruiting for a Wales Manager and a Communications Worker. You can download job descriptions and application forms for both these roles from

European Federation of City Farms conference

FCFCG is pleased to be hosting the EFCF conference 2014 in Swansea from 25-29 September and the FCFCG's AGM will take place during this conference on Saturday 27 September. For FCFCG members who would like to attend the AGM, we have a number of free places which will allow you to take part in all the conference activities at the farm on that day. For more details and to book go to the FCFCG website.

Would you like to know more about aquaponics?

Following the successful launch of the UK's first aquaponics solar greenhouse, Humble by Nature have launched a number of courses, hosted by Aquaponics UK, about aquaponics or about building your own system. If you are a member of FCFCG there are a limited number of spaces on each of these courses at a subsidised membership rate. To read more about the launch and the courses, go to the Tyfu Pobl blog.

The Bangor Forest Garden Skillshare, Sunday 13 July 11am - 4pm

Please join us for a gathering with a difference!  You’re welcome to drop in for a short time or stay all afternoon.  It will be an informal friendly gathering where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Forest Gardening, Crowdfunding, learn the principles of rocket stoves and how to make one, cook your own pizza in the cob oven and make willow hearts, stars, fish and streamers.  We’ll provide information about the beautiful walks nearby if you want to explore the area, and maps of the garden for self-guided tours. For more information and to book your place go to the FCFCG website.

Reaching your market, 18 July, Machynlleth

Are you realising your potential? This training day is for community growing projects that are looking to increase their income and volunteers through well planned marketing techniques. Do you know how to promote what you do and what you can offer? This full training day will provide you with the tools to be able to define your products and services (what, why and when), define your audience (who, where, why, when) and identify market issues and market opportunities and how to tap into the opportunities.  By the end of the day you will be able to market your products and services, using a range of techniques that needn’t cost the earth. For more information and to book your place go to the FCFCG website. Also, see below for a review of the training which took place in Colwyn Bay last month.

Reaching your marketColwyn Bay, June 2014

The training event provided delegates with a good grounding to create a marketing action plan, which is relevant for marketing to increase volunteers but also to increase your income through sales, donations or grants.

Tip: You will each have your own unique story to tell. What is your story?

Produce a master story and use it to create an “elevator pitch” i.e. a 35 word summary.  Your elevator pitch is a powerful and concise description of your organisation, that you can recount in 30 seconds while travelling in a lift with Richard Branson!

Consider the following formula when writing your story

A- Attention (say/write something that gets their attention)

I – Interest (once you have their attention, you then need to hold their interest)

D- Desire (once you have their interest, you need to prick their desire to do something)

A – Action (the do something can be simply to read on, carry on listening, contact you, but the aim is that the action is a positive one)

Please get in touch with [email protected] if you want to have some help with creating your story.

CLAS Cymru is one year old!
CLAS Cymru is officially one year old and we are really pleased with the achievements of our first year and looking forward to the next four years.  Have a look at the Tyfu Pobl blog for a review of our first year.

Last month Jodie and Lucie from CLAS Cymru delivered a training session on ‘finding a site and next steps’ to some of the attendees at the Incredible Edible Network Event held in Abergavenny.  It was a very interesting event and with lots of new contacts made and knowledge sharing between attendees.  CLAS Cymru can deliver training for a variety of audiences and further information can be found on the website

In other positive news, The Havens Community Allotments and Garden in Pembrokeshire have successfully secured planning permission for sheds on their site.  We hope to share information about this case so that other groups and landowners can learn benefit from their experiences.



Selling to Local Communities

If you are interested in selling glut produce through a local Community Food Co-op (a volunteer led buying group) please contact Mark Jones of the Rural Regeneration Unit (01492 660263/07733 036585) who may be able to introduce you. Community Food Co-ops would collect orders and payment in advance on your behalf and pay C.O.D.

For general information about the Community Food Co-operative Programme in Wales have a look at the


Be part of Wales's first city-wide food network

SWANSEA residents are being asked to take part in a Wales-first survey about food and cooking.

The move is part of a ground-breaking plan by Swansea Council to set up a city-wide network of people sharing tips and ideas about low-cost healthy cooking and food which is open to everyone.

It will also help the Council shape how it uses its own resources and forges better links with projects across the city which are helping people grow or access healthy food, or helping them save money on their food shop. For more information go to the Swansea Council website.


Info about Snowdrop Campaign

To help celebrate their 150th anniversary year, Sight Cymru are hoping to recruit 150 volunteers to each plant around 150 snowdrops for service users.  The aim is to provide a lasting legacy of our work and at the same time highlight what the charity has done over the past 150 years, and what we would like to do in the next.

Essentially the volunteer is someone who is kind and empathetic, able to help service users select a spot for the snowdrop bulbs to be planted and undertake that work. The time required is flexible and some training will be given.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please contact[email protected]


Jobs & opportunities

FCFCG in Wales is recruiting

FCFCG is currently recruiting for a Wales Manager and a Communications Worker. You can download job descriptions and application forms for both these roles from

Woofers needed in North Wales

Two woofers or similar type volunteers needed urgently for FlintShare CSA in North Wales near Mold.  Accommodation and food provided.  Some experience of veg growing preferable as you will be spending some time on site without supervision.  Gorgeous site to work at and very supportive community.  Contact Sandi Richards on 07753816136 or [email protected].

If you have a job or opportunity you would like to advertise here please email [email protected].


Mid Wales

Go to the Tyfu Pobl blog to read the latest news from Mid Wales and to find out about the wide range of fantastic events in your area including ....

Design and Make a Compost Toilet, July 12, Newtown

Introduction to working with herbs, 12 July, Newtown

FCFCG: Reaching your market, 18 July, Machynlleth

Green Wood Working & Bench Making, 23 July, Welshpool


North Wales

Go to the Tyfu Pobl blog to read the latest news from North Wales and to find out about the wide range of fantastic events at community growing projects in your area including ....

Introduction to Beekeeping, 12 July, Bangor

The Bangor Forest Garden Skillshare, 13 July 11am - 4pm

Pollinator Friendly Garden Day, 14 July, Capel Curig, Conwy

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