Monday, 1 May 2017

Community Garden in Dinas Powys in National Gardens Scheme for a second year

Nightingale Community Garden in Dinas Powys is opening as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) for its second year as part of the scheme, over the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017. It will join five other Dinas Powys gardens this year, all accessible on a walking tour of the village.

For further details of gardens open in Dinas Powys visit the NGS website:

Nightingale Community Garden will be open from 11am to 5pm over the two days. There is a combined admission price for the six gardens of £5.00, with children free. The Community Garden will have volunteers and plot-holders around all weekend to answer questions. The garden openings raise money for the local charity, Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern.

From the 2017 NGS guide:

 “Nightingale Community Garden, Sir Ivor Place, Dinas Powys, CF64 4QZ

Four years ago the gardens were created on an old derelict playground with funding from Tidy Town Wales. 27 Gardens were created including two raised beds for the physically handicapped. Many local residents, young and old, grow a variety of vegetables, fruit and flowers. The excess is donated weekly to the local Food Bank. In addition we have two greenhouses and a communal area for activities.

How to find us: Along pathway between Sir Ivor Place & Nightingale Place. At T-lights on Cardiff Rd, turn R by school if driving from Barry, or L if driving from Cardiff/Penarth. Continue, then take 2nd R at Camm's Corner. You may park here.”

Timeline for Nightingale Community Garden, Dinas Powys:

Jan 2012

The initial idea and looking for funding

Feb 2012

The involvement of Creative Rural Communities and the first plan for the site

Aug 2012

Oct 2012

Funding in place and residents are briefed on progress

Jan 2013

Work starts clearing the ground

Feb 2013

Building contractors on site

March 2013

Topsoil is spread and the first garden visit occurs

April 2013

The plots are marked out and allocated, the first plants go in

June 2013

Photos of the garden flourishing in its first year

Sept 2013

The official opening of the community garden, with guests including Jane Hutt AM and Derek Brockway

May 2014

Progress report a year after opening – a highly productive local food growing area

July 2014

The Community Garden links up with the local food bank – to supply fresh food to supplement the basic food bank boxes

July 2015

One of the Community Garden’s youngest gardeners, Dan Tailby (age 6) who grew his first plants in the communal family plot in the garden, is a finalist in the 2015 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Gardener of the Year Awards

Feb 2016

Nightingale Community Garden joins the National Gardens Scheme
Photo from last year's NGS open day in Nightingale Community Garden