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Ashvale Community Garden is officially open!

People in Ashvale, Tredegar can now enjoy their new community garden complete with herbs and fruit trees. The area in Ashvale was transformed from what was wasteland into a community garden for the benefit of local tenants and residents and their children.

The scheme was funded by Tai Calon Community Housing as part of its £14 million ‘Your Neighbourhood, Your Choice’ programme, that aims to transform unused land into useable spaces for local communities.

Andrew MacDougall, Project Manager, said: “The Ashvale site is a plot of land that has been neglected for a very long time. We have transformed the area so the community can enjoy it once again. Initially, the idea for the community garden came from tenants and residents of Ashvale and we developed the concept for the orchard from there.”

Andrea Williams who has lived in her home for 17 years told us “The area was used as a dumping ground and for bonfires, it was just terrible. Me and my husband are so pleased that they have done something to make the area better. In the summer months, we’ll be out there having a natter and there’s also now somewhere nice for kids to play”

Besides the community garden, tenants and residents have also been given, better parking, new boundary fences, as well as a safe play area for children to enjoy.

Tenants and residents have been involved by planting shrubs and fruit trees in their new orchard.

Ashvale Before & After

Kate Raggett is a Herefordshire based Land and Environmental Artist who helped design the area, Kate told us “We created patterns and circles with the local children, using wild flowers from the site to come up with the oiginal design. It was about connecting the children to this before the transformation happened.”

Andrew Myatt, Director of Communities and Housing at Tai Calon said ‘The community in Ashvale shared their priorities with us when we asked them what could be done to improve the area. This is exactly the type of exciting project that shows local people that Tai Calon are committed to improving and transforming local neighbourhoods. Many people have spoken to me personally explaining what a positive difference the community garden will make to their lives and how already their sense of pride in their home and neighbourhood has increased.”

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