Describe your project
We desperately need a new shed, lawn mower and strimmer to maintain the community gardens and provide easy access to people of all abilities.
How will your project benefit your local community?
We hope to continue running the Community Gardens for the local community and make it a safer and easier area to visit and enjoy. The community area covers half of the original field it comprises 2 ponds, an orchard, a developing woodland area, 3 beehives, an area to socialise in including a large 'water' shed. We have regular visits from outside groups such as Students from Coleg Ceredigion, Living Skills and a group from MIND to help with activities around the Community Gardens. Examples from previous years have been preparing a ponds, help in erecting a poly tunnel, and building raised beds.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We have regular fund raising activities, such as stalls at the fetes, bazaars held at Borth Community hall and other separate fund-raising activities such as social evenings where people bring along food to share and make a monetary donation.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
We have 40+ allotment holders who will benefit directly. Then the area is open and welcoming to all members of the local community and public.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
A new more secure shed to store the Community Garden tools and machinery. The old shed where we store is very run down and in a poor state. A new petrol lawn mower to keep the many grass paths easy to walk along and navigate, and similarly for the community area. We do have an old mower but this is fairly worn out and dilapidated, it has done us well over the years but it has a lot of grass to cut. We also need a strimmer to maintain more difficult areas where a mower can't get to. If there is enough money we'd also buy some outdoor furniture for the community gardens.
When and why was your project founded?
The Community Gardens were started in 2009/2010, from a sheep field. It was founded to provide allotments to the residents of Borth where many of the houses lack gardens. Also to provide a community area for people who don't want an allotment but like to enjoy the wildlife.