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ABOUT

 Global Gardens Project is a community growing project based in Cardiff. 

 

Our vision is to create a growing space that supports community-based sharing of food and cultures.  

 

We have an allotment site where we are cultivating an organic kitchen garden, celebrating crops from around the world.

 

The crops grown are used in our quarterly community suppers and shared within the local community.

 

We also have a mobile pizza oven which is available for community events. 

  

NEWS

March 28, 2020

Today, we held the March Grow Your Own course via zoom due to the Coronavirus lock-down. Although different from gathering at the garden, it was nice to see the faces of those doing the course, particularly amidst these times of social distancing!

We began with a check-in - it was nice to hear lots of people spending time at their allotment or in their back garden. Kai then introduced the theme of the session: soil cultivation. 

Soil cult...

March 15, 2020

This week we held the first Outdoor Play session at Global Gardens. These sessions aim to support family-based outdoor play in the setting of the Global Gardens plot.

We were excited to welcome nine families to the session.

Led by Johana Hartwig, artist and forest school facilitator and supported by Stephen Watts, Ediculture we began by creating the foundation of the gathering space for the Outdoor Play sessions - a log circle.

We used flour t...

March 13, 2020

Right now, it is really important to support our immune system. 

Drawing upon the amazing resources of the Rhizome Community Clinic, here are a few top tips that will help you stay well. 

1. Keep healthy.

Take adequate rest, eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, pulses and whole grains and keep physically active.

2. Stay hydrated.

It is really important to stay hydrated. Start the day with hot lemon and ginger and drink warm water/hot lemon and g...

March 9, 2020

Thanks to support from the Co-operative Local Community Fund, we are able to host herb workshops for clients from CHAP Women's gardening group with Kate Aster, a medical herbalist. 

This week, on the full moon otherwise known as the Worm Moon, we harvested nettle and dandelion from the garden for a mineral tonic. We rinsed the dandelion roots and decocted with the nettles for an hour on a low heat.

Nettles

Nettles are high in iron, protein, cal...

February 23, 2020

On the 22nd February, we gathered for the first of ten Grow Your Own workshops of 2020. Led by Kai Lange, a grower and biodynamic educator, the aim of each session is to attend to the seasonal needs of the garden and to learn by doing.  

The February session was all about planning and pruning. After introductions, Kai spoke about plant connections: links between roots, stems and leaves as well as with subterranean communities in the soil...

January 26, 2020

Today we had a bird-watching workshop at the garden, as part of the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (25-27 January 2020).

The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is one of the biggest citizen science projects in the world. Every year around half a million people in the UK set aside one hour to watch-out for birds in their garden or local green space. Information gathered from the weekend is used to gather information about bird populations and distribution...

December 22, 2019

2019 has been a busy time at Global Gardens. From sowing seeds, planting out, watering in and harvesting at the plot. Writing, weaving and dyeing fabric in the greenhouse. To cracking on with some infrastructural improvements - including installation of a compost toilet and commencement of construction of the Global Gardens kitchen/classroom.  

Land-based Arts and Crafts

This year we hosted a series...

December 21, 2019

This year, from May to October, I had the wonderful opportunity to write about the Global Gardens Project, producing a piece of work each month – some flash fictions (very short stories) and some prose poems. What I found out in the process was that it is hard to put into words what this project does for all the people involved – but I tried to capture it anyway, and in fact I enjoyed the challenge.

From natural dye workshops to sharing suppe...

December 19, 2019

Having set out the foundations, the next step of the build was to assemble the trusses. Hugo's design is based upon six modules connected together by a frame running across the length of the building. 

Carpenter-in-resident William Williams got to work on chopping the wood ready for assembly. Big thanks to Made in Roath for letting us use the sheltered workshop space at Braevel Street. We then moved the wood to the Global Gardens site ready f...

November 28, 2019

This month we have been working on laying the foundations for the new Global Gardens structure designed by architect Hugo Keene of QORA. This structure will be used as a learning space for cooking and other activities at the garden. 

Model of the kitchen/classroom structure 

Under the guidance of Hugo and with the support of William Williams, carpenter-in-resident, the first step of the build was to mark out the footprint of the structure. 

Wil...

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