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FCFCG Wales - November Newsletter - Cylchlythyr Tachwedd

FCFCG Wales - November Newsletter - Cylchlythyr Tachwedd

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens Newsletter for November

Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter
Croeso i'r rhifyn Tachwedd o ein cylchlythyr

Tyfu Pobl News

Twinning and Mentoring Programme launched

We believe that one of the best ways to support community growing projects is to provide opportunities for members to get together, share experiences and actually see what’s been achieved on the ground. The FCFCG Mentoring and Twinning Programmes have been designed to do just that.  The schemes have been designed to allow for strong relationships to be built between whole projects but also for key individuals from projects to give to and receive support from each other and share their experiences.

The schemes were launched at the South East Wales members’ gathering, where Cardiff’s Riverside Community Garden and Evanstown’s Our Garden/Brit Growers were officially ‘twinned’. Sam Holt, Riverside Community Garden Manager, said:  “We’re delighted to be twinned with Our Garden & Brit Growers. It’s a really impressive and inspiring project doing great things for the community. We’ve already been sharing advice and resources, be it tools, seeds, or just cups of tea, and it’s been hugely beneficial to both of our projects. Twinning with another project is a great way to share ideas and be inspired to do even more with your own project.”          

If you would like to be involved with the FCFCG Mentoring and Twinning programmes and connect with other projects and experts, get in touch! Mentors, mentees and twinned projects will have access to a budget to be used to travel to visit each other.

Find out more on how to apply on the Tyfu Pobl blog.

Show us your pics!

A lot of people think that winter is a time when gardening comes to a halt and we all put our feet up and wait for spring to come along, but we know better!

We want you to send us pictures of your projects in action this winter to show that the hard work continues through the colder, darker months. You might be covering your beds, mulching your trees, Wassailing, cleaning your greenhouse and polytunnels, or just celebrating the season round a roaring fire!

Post your pics to the Tyfu Pobl Facebook page (not forgetting to like the page too, of course) by 1 February and we’ll pick our favourite to win a fantastic prize of a dutch oven and tripod, worth over £80, for your project!

South East Wales members’ gathering

Thank you to all who attended the South East Wales gathering in Evanstown last week for making it such a productive day, with vibrant and healthy discussion on the future of community growing in Wales and how we can celebrate our achievements and overcome any challenges facing us.

The day was held at Our Garden and Brit Growers, a beautiful community garden and social enterprise that has helped bring the Evanstown community together through growing. Members were given a tour of the gardens, including the site of a new roundhouse, currently under construction, which will be built to demonstrate several traditional building techniques to locals and visitors.


Cae Tân - community supported agriculture by the sea

Tom O’Kane guest blogged on the Tyfu Pobl blog this month, describing how a site that had been left unfenced and grazed by commons livestock for the past 30 years is now home to Cae Tân, a community supported agriculture (CSA) project, where members meet regularly to herd sheep, birth lambs, plant and care for trees and enjoy barbecues. 

Read more about Cae Tân and find out how to get involved on the Tyfu Pobl blog.


CLAS Cymru update

CLAS Cymru has teamed up with Swansea Council to provide two new training and networking events this winter.  The first was held on the 8 November 2014 for community members involved or looking to be involved in community growing to learn how to find land and how to approach landowners, as well as ways to secure funding and get a growing group started.

The second event will be held in the new year and is aimed at landowners and other stakeholders who are considering the benefits of community growing but have questions over potential barriers and obstacles. Watch this space for details of the new date.

If you or anyone you know would like to attend the event in December, get in touch. CLAS Cymru is also keen to provide training and events, so please get in touch if you would like something organised in your area. Visit the CLAS Cymru website.


Evanstown Our Garden & Brit Growers Community Shop official opening

Brit Growers and Our Garden will officially open its brand new Community Shop at an event on Saturday 22 November, 1pm. Our Garden and Brit Growers is a community growing project in Evanstown in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Residents of Evanstown opened ‘Our Garden’ in 2012, which has become a very popular and successful community garden. To make the project more sustainable, members of Our Garden wanted to develop a commercial nursery garden and in July 2013 Brit Growers (so-named because of nearby former Britannic Colliery) was born.

As part of their push for more sustainability, they’re launching their very own on-site Community Shop, selling locally made arts and crafts, toys, jewellery and of course veg! Join them to celebrate at the Brit Growers site on Dan y Bryn, The Bullring, Gilfach Goch this Saturday 22 November.



Watkin Jones Community Fund - up to £1,000 funding

The Watkin Jones Community Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 to support projects aimed at promoting communities throughout the UK, with particular emphasis on enhancing the physical environment and improving quality of life for local people.

Any not-for-profit group or organisation running projects aimed at improving the quality of life for local people can apply. Grants cannot be awarded to individuals or companies who aim to distribute a profit.

Find out more and download an application form on the Tyfu Pobl blog.


Funding for educational activities

Two grant giving organisations, the Ernest Cook Trust and the Alice McCosh Trust, offer funding for educational activities.

The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK’s leading educational charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on educational opportunities on its estates and by offering grants. Find out more and how to apply on the Ernest Cook Trust website.

The Alice McCosh Trust aims to advance education by providing or assisting with grants for work or study related to natural history and/or the environment.  Applications should be emailed to the Trust Secretary between 1 October and 30 November each year. (Applications received at other times, or sent by post, will not be considered.) Visit the Alice McCosh trust website to find out more and apply.


Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust

The Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust are seeking to make small to medium sized grants (£1,000 - £30,000 over a maximum of 3 years) to new and existing organisations to enable them to get closer to achieving their goals

This is a simple grant as applicants (charities and other not for profit organisations) are not required to fill in an application form nor fit grant criteria – just say what they need.

Find out more on the Tyfu Pobl blog.


Professional Gardener’s Trust

The Professional Gardener’s Trust offers awards plus signposts to other Trusts.  Their awards are around funding for any form of training benefitting the working gardener.  Visit the Professional Gardener’s Trust website to find out more.


Keep Wales Tidy Small Grants Scheme

This scheme of funding up to £500 is open to constituted, community groups to help cover the costs of tools, safety equipment, project materials and training. These grants are available to support voluntary groups to undertake practical environmental projects to improve their local community such as clean ups, planting and food growing projects, vegetation management, access improvements and habitat/biodiversity improvements.

Find out more and find details of your local Keep Wales Tidy Officer on the Keep Wales Tidy website.


Community Green Flag Award 2015

The Green Flag Community Award is a national award run in Wales again by Keep Wales Tidy and recognises high quality green spaces that are managed by voluntary and community groups. The Award is part of the Green Flag Award scheme and is the national standard for quality parks and green spaces. Community groups involved with gardens, sensory gardens, parks, churchyards etc. can all apply. Why not give it a go – the application is absolutely free for community groups!

Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website to find out more.


Jobs & opportunities

Free video production workshops with Media Trust

The Media Trust are offering free video production workshops for charities and community groups. The next workshop will be held in North Wales in March 2015. Numbers are limited and if you would like to find out more or apply for a place, contact Steve Lloyd, Community Outreach Manager Wales, at [email protected]

Gardening course for Winter 2014/15

The Workers' Educational Association are offering two courses this Winter.

The courses available are:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Growing (Level 1 and 2, 16 weeks)
  • Principles of Vegetable Growing  (Level 2, 7.5 weeks)

To see the dates, venues and prices of the above courses, visit the Tyfu Pobl blog.

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 ....

Pruning fruit in winter, 27 November, Carmarthen

An Introduction to Permaculture, 21-23 November, Denmark Farm, Lampeter


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 ....

Winter pruning, 29 November, Bangor


South East Wales

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

What to do in your garden this month, 22 November, Cowbridge


South West Wales

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

Pruning fruit in winter, 27 November, Carmarthen

Green Fayre, 29-30 November, Swansea


Newyddion Tyfu Pobl

Lansio Rhaglen Gefeillio a Mentora

Credwn mai un o’r ffyrdd gorau i gynorthwyo prosiectau tyfu cymunedol yw darparu cyfleoedd i aelodau ddod at ei gilydd, rhannu profiadau a gweld yn union beth sydd wedi cael ei gyflawni ar lawr gwlad. Mae Rhaglenni Mentora a Gefeillio FfFfDGC wedi cael eu cynllunio i wneud hynny. Mae’r cynlluniau wedi cael eu dylunio i ganiatáu ar gyfer ffurfio perthnasoedd cryf rhwng prosiectau cyfan, yn ogystal ag unigolion allweddol o brosiectau, i roi a derbyn cymorth oddi wrth ei gilydd a rhannu eu profiadau.   

Lansiwyd y cynlluniau yng nghynulliad aelodau de-ddwyrain Cymru, lle cafodd Gardd Gymunedol Glan yr Afon yng Nghaerdydd, ac Ein Gardd/Brit Growers o Evanstown, ei gefeillio’n swyddogol. Dywedodd Sam Holt, Rheolwr Gardd Gymunedol Glan yr Afon:  “Rydym yn falch iawn o gael ein gefeillio ag Ein Gardd a Brit Growers. Mae’n brosiect trawiadol ac ysbrydoledig iawn, sy’n gwneud pethau gwych ar gyfer y gymuned. Rydym ni eisoes wedi bod yn rhannu cyngor ac adnoddau, fel offer, hadau neu baneidiau o de, ac mae wedi bod yn hynod fuddiol i’r ddau brosiect. Mae gefeillio gyda phrosiect arall yn ffordd wych o rannu syniadau a chael eich ysbrydoli i wneud hyd yn oed mwy gyda’ch prosiect eich hun.”               

Os hoffech gymryd rhan yn rhaglenni Mentora a Gefeillio FfFfDGC, a chysylltu â phrosiectau eraill ac arbenigwyr, cysylltwch â ni! Bydd gan fentoriaid, mentoreion a phrosiectau wedi’u gefeillio, fynediad at gyllideb i’w defnyddio i deithio i ymweld â’i gilydd.

Darganfyddwch fwy ar sut i wneud cais ar flog Tyfu Pobl.


Dangoswch eich lluniau i ni!

Mae llawer o bobl yn meddwl bod y gaeaf yn gyfnod lle mae garddio’n dod i stop, a’n bod ni’n rhoi ein traed i fyny ac yn aros i’r gwanwyn ddod, ond rydym ni’n gwybod yn well na hyn!

Rydym eisiau i chi anfon atom luniau o’ch prosiectau ar waith yn ystod y gaeaf hwn i ddangos bod y gwaith caled yn parhau trwy gydol y misoedd oerach, tywyllach.  Efallai eich bod chi’n gorchuddio eich gwelyau, gosod tomwellt o gwmpas eich coed, Wassailing, glanhau eich tŷ gwydr a’ch twnelau polythen, dathlu’r tymor – unrhyw beth!  Rhowch eich lluniau ar dudalen Facebook Tyfu Pobl a byddwn yn dewis ein hoff lun i ennill gwobr wych, sef popty agored a thrybedd, gwerth dros £80, ar gyfer eich prosiect!


Cynulliad aelodau de-ddwyrain Cymru

Diolch i bawb a wnaeth fynychu cynulliad de-ddwyrain Cymru yn Evanstown wythnos ddiwethaf a’i gwneud hi’n ddiwrnod mor gynhyrchiol, gyda thrafodaeth fywiog ac iach ar ddyfodol tyfu cymunedol yng Nghymru a sut gallwn ni drechu’r heriau sy’n ein hwynebu ni.

Cynhaliwyd y diwrnod ar safle Ein Gardd a Brit Growers, sef gardd gymunedol hardd a menter gymdeithasol sydd wedi helpu i ddod â chymuned Evanstown at ei gilydd trwy dyfu. Aed â’r aelodau ar daith o gwmpas y gerddi, gan gynnwys safle tŷ crwn newydd, sydd wrthi’n cael ei adeiladu, i arddangos nifer o dechnegau adeiladu traddodiadol i bobl leol ac ymwelwyr.


Cae Tân – amaethyddiaeth a gefnogir gan y gymuned ger y môr

Tom O’Kane oedd blogiwr gwadd blog Tyfu Pobl y mis hwn. Disgrifiodd sut mae safle a oedd wedi cael ei adael heb ffens ac oedd yn cael ei bori gan anifeiliaid tir comin ers 30 mlynedd, bellach yn gartref i Cae Tân, sef prosiect amaethyddiaeth a gefnogir gan y gymuned, lle mae aelodau’n cyfarfod yn rheolaidd i yrru defaid, geni ŵyn, plannu a gofalu am goed a mwynhau barbeciwiau.  

Darllenwch fwy am Cae Tân a darganfyddwch sut i gymryd rhan ym mlog Tyfu Pobl.


Diweddariad CLAS Cymru

Mae CLAS Cymru wedi uno â Chyngor Abertawe i ddarparu dau ddigwyddiad hyfforddi a rhwydweithio newydd y gaeaf hwn.  Cynhaliwyd y cyntaf ar 8 Tachwedd 2014 ar gyfer aelodau o’r gymuned a oedd, neu eisiau bod, yn gysylltiedig â thyfu cymunedol, i ddysgu sut i ddod o hyd i dir a sut i gysylltu â pherchnogion tir, yn ogystal â ffyrdd i sicrhau cyllid a sefydlu grŵp tyfu.

Mae’r ail ddigwyddiad, a gynhelir ar y flwyddyn newydd, wedi’i anelu at berchnogion tir a rhanddeiliaid eraill sy’n ystyried buddion tyfu cymunedol ond sydd â chwestiynau ynghylch rhwystrau posibl.

Os hoffech chi, neu unrhyw un rydych chi’n ei adnabod, fynychu’r digwyddiad ym mis Rhagfyr, cysylltwch â ni. Mae CLAS Cymru yn awyddus hefyd i ddarparu hyfforddiant a digwyddiadau, felly cysylltwch â ni os hoffech i ni drefnu rhywbeth yn eich ardal chi. 


Agoriad swyddogol Siop Gymuned Ein Gardd a Brit Growers Evanstown

Bydd Brit Growers ac Ein Gardd yn agor ei siop gymunedol newydd sbon yn swyddogol mewn digwyddiad a gynhelir ddydd Sadwrn, 22 Tachwedd am 1pm.  Mae Ein Gardd a Brit Growers yn brosiect tyfu cymunedol yn Evanstown yn Rhondda Cynon Taf. Agorodd preswylwyr Evanstown ‘Ein Gardd’ yn 2012, sydd wedi dod yn ardd gymunedol boblogaidd a llwyddiannus iawn. I wneud y prosiect yn fwy cynaliadwy, roedd aelodau o Ein Gardd eisiau datblygu planhigfa fasnachol, ac ym mis Gorffennaf 2013, ganed Brit Growers (cafodd yr enw hwnnw oherwydd yr hen bwll glo Britannic gerllaw).

Fel rhan o’u hymgyrch am fwy o gynaliadwyedd, maen nhw’n lansio eu siop gymunedol eu hunain ar y safle, a fydd yn gwerthu celfyddydau a chrefftau lleol, teganau, gemwaith a llysiau, wrth gwrs! Ymunwch â nhw i ddathlu ar safle Brit Growers yn Dan y Bryn, The Bullring, Gilfach Goch, ddydd Sadwrn, 22 Tachwedd.



Ymddiriedolaeth Golden Bottle ac Ymddiriedolaeth Bulldog

Mae Ymddiriedolaeth Golden Bottle ac Ymddiriedolaeth Bulldog yn bwriadu cynnig grantiau bach a chanolig (rhwng £1,000 a £30,000, dros uchafswm o 3 blynedd) i sefydliadau newydd a phresennol, i’w galluogi i agosáu at gyflawni eu nodau.

Mae hwn yn grant syml, gan nad oes angen i’r ymgeiswyr (elusennau a sefydliadau dielw eraill) lenwi ffurflen gais na chydweddu i feini prawf ar gyfer y grant - dim ond dweud beth sydd ei angen arnynt.

Darganfyddwch fwy ar flog Tyfu Pobl.


Ymddiriedolaeth Professional Gardener

Mae Ymddiriedolaeth Professional Gardener yn cynnig dyfarniadau a chyfeiriadau i Ymddiriedolaethau eraill. Mae eu dyfarniadau yn rhoi cyllid ar gyfer unrhyw fath o hyfforddiant sydd i fudd i’r garddwr gweithiol.  Ewch i wefan Ymddiriedolaeth Professional Gardener i ddarganfod mwy.


Cynlluniau Grantiau Bach Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus

Mae’r cynllun hwn sy’n cynnig cyllid hyd at £500 yn agored i grwpiau cymunedol, cyfansoddiadol, i helpu i dalu costau offer, offer diogelwch, deunyddiau’r prosiect a hyfforddiant. Mae’r grantiau hyn ar gael i gynorthwyo grwpiau gwirfoddol i gyflawni prosiectau amgylcheddol ymarferol i wella eu cymuned leol, fel prosiectau clirio, plannu a thyfu bwyd, rheoli planhigion, gwella mynedfeydd a gwella cynefinoedd/bioamrywiaeth.

I ddarganfod mwy a chael manylion am eich Swyddog Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus lleol, ewch i wefan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus.


Gwobr Gymunedol y Faner Werdd 2015

Mae Gwobr Gymunedol y Faner Werdd yn wobr genedlaethol a gynhelir yng Nghymru gan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus, ac mae’n cydnabod lleoedd gwyrdd o ansawdd uchel a reolir gan grwpiau gwirfoddol a chymunedol. Mae’r Wobr yn rhan o gynllun Gwobrau’r Faner Werdd a hon yw’r safon genedlaethol ar gyfer parciau a lleoedd gwyrdd o ansawdd. Gall grwpiau cymunedol sy’n ymwneud â gerddi, gerddi synhwyro, parciau, mynwentydd eglwys a.y.y.b. ymgeisio. Beth am roi cynnig arni – gall grwpiau cymunedol wneud cais yn rhad ac am ddim!

Ewch i wefan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus i ddarganfod mwy.


Swyddi a chyfleon

Cyrsiau garddio ar gyfer gaeaf 2014/15

Mae Cymdeithas Addysg y Gweithwyr yn cynnig dau gwrs y gaeaf hwn.

Y cyrsiau sydd ar gael yw:

·         Tyfu Ffrwythau a Llysiau (Lefel 1 a 2, 16 wythnos)

·         Egwyddorion Tyfu Llysiau  (Lefel 2, 7.5 wythnos)

I weld dyddiadau, lleoliadau a phrisiau’r cyrsiau uchod, ewch i flog Tyfu Pobl.

Os oes gennych swydd neu gyfle yr hoffech ei hysbysebu yma, anfonwch neges e-bost at [email protected].


Canolbarth Cymru

Ewch i flog Tyfu Pobl i ddarllen y newyddion diweddaraf o Ganolbarth Cymru a chael gwybodaeth am y dewis eang o ddigwyddiadau gwych yn eich ardal yn cynnwys ....


Tocio ffrwythau yn y gaeaf, 27 Tachwedd, Caerfyrddin

Cyflwyniad i Baramaethu, 21-23 Tachwedd, Denmark Farm, Llanbedr Pont Steffan


Gogledd Cymru

Ewch i flog Tyfu Pobl i ddarllen y newyddion diweddaraf o Ogledd Cymru a chael gwybodaeth am y dewis eang o ddigwyddiadau gwych yn eich ardal mewn prosiectau tyfu cymunedol yn eich ardal yn cynnwys ....

Tocio yn y gaeaf, 29 Tachwedd, Bangor


De Ddwyrain Cymru

Ewch i flog Tyfu Pobl i ddarllen y newyddion diweddaraf o Dde Ddwyrain Cymru a chael gwybodaeth am y dewis eang o ddigwyddiadau gwych yn eich ardal mewn prosiectau tyfu cymunedol yn eich ardal yn cynnwys ....

Beth i’w wneud yn eich gardd y mis hwn, 22 Tachwedd, Y Bontfaen


De Orllewin Cymru

Ewch i flog Tyfu Pobl i ddarllen y newyddion diweddaraf o Dde Orllewin Cymru a chael gwybodaeth am y dewis eang o ddigwyddiadau gwych yn eich ardal mewn prosiectau tyfu cymunedol yn eich ardal yn cynnwys ....

Tocio ffrwythau yn y gaeaf, 27 Tachwedd, Caerfyrddin

Ffair Werdd, 29-30 Tachwedd, Abertawe

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