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Welsh Assembly Government funding helps allotment scheme to grow

Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies AM has joined pupils from Abertysswg Primary School in planting vegetables at a new community allotment in Abertysswg.

The community plot is one of the new developments at the Abertysswg allotment site, paid for by £25,000 funding from the Heads of the Valleys Programme. It is made up of a number of accessible growing plots and some raised beds that can be accessed by wheelchair users. The community plot can be used by the whole of Abertysswg, including school groups, young people, families and older members of the community.

The project is a joint effort between Abertysswg Communities First Partnership, the Abertysswg Allotment Society and Groundwork Caerphilly, who oversaw the improvements to the allotment.

Other works include:

  • creating a new network of paths, making the allotments easily accessible
  • removing an Asbestos Shed and building a new one
  • clearing large areas of debris to created new plots
  • creating a new access point to the allotments via a new gate and path.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies said:

“The allotment development is a very exciting project and I am delighted that the funding we have provided has improved the site for its users and enabled the community plot to get off the ground. I hope it will encourage people to work together to look after the plot and to grow their own produce.

“Regeneration works best when it involves the community and this is an excellent example of a community recognising a need and looking for the help of government and other partners to achieve their vision. I wish them well with the project.”

Abertysswg allotment is just one of several allotment sites that are being supported through the Heads of the Valleys Programme.

The Heads of the Valleys Programme is a 15 year regeneration project, led by the Welsh Assembly Government, working to benefit communities in Torfaen, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Aimed at stimulating regeneration, economic growth, and environmental improvement, the £140 million programme is making the Heads of the Valleys an increasingly successful and attractive area for people to live and work.

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