New community allotment in Cwmbran
3:01pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
TWO CWMBRAN women have turned a patch of unused land in Thornhill into a garden and an allotment, which will be used by themselves and their neighbours.
Susan Jones and her neighbour, Janet Chivell, have transformed the area, which was once covered in brambles, attracted fly tipping, and housed a burnt-out vehicle.
The plot now has raised beds, fruit trees, rockeries and a seating area.
Food grown on the patch will be shared with neighbours who want it.
The pair have never done anything like this before and have been learning on the job.
Ms Jones said: “It’s been very worthwhile. We’ve been making the best use of what we have got here and practically everything has been reclaimed or recycled.
“We’re educating the children in how to grow food and getting fresh air and exercise at the same time.
Bron Afon Community Housing has helped the group with gardening advice and applying for grants from Keep Wales Tidy.
The local Communities First office has been involved as well as the council, who let them have the land.
She added: “It’s also a lovely place for people to sit in and relax. There’s been a wonderful community spirit here. Everyone helps each other out - we’re like one big family.”