EcoDewi is really excited to be working in collaboration with St. David’s Cathedral on this new Community Garden project; a project that will not only benefit our local community but also our local natural environment. Check out the latest situation & updates in the posts below or get in contact if you want to be involved or know more.


Happy St Davids Day!

The sun is out, it’s St Davids Day, the St Davids community garden has a new name and we have just launched a fundraising appeal for the garden! Not a bad day, eh?

Last week the community garden team confirmed the new name for the garden which is: Erw Dewi or Dewi’s Acre. We love it and hope the community will too.

Not only that but EcoDewi has launched a fundraising appeal through LocalGiving to raise money for the community garden and specifically three new features for the space. We launched it today on social media and the appeal runs for 60 days trying to smash a target of £2,000. Check out the video below and visit HERE for more information or to donate.


Wildflower turf, rhubarb & more!

We’re so missing our organised volunteering sessions down at the St Davids Garden Project but with deliveries arriving, from the community development package we were awarded by Keep Wales Tidy, we have had to have a few people down there receiving and installing bits etc.

This last week we managed to:

  • get all the top soil and compost into our new raised beds
  • lay the wildflower turf … yep, rectangles of turf mesh planted with widflowers!
  • mark and measure for a possible main path through the garden
  • clear more piles of roots, soil and organic matter
  • heel in 5 small apple trees
  • collect four donated plastic compost bins, and
  • plant some rhubarb root stems that were donated by Lower Treginnis Farm along with some raspberry canes still to be planted

A HUGE thank you to Mari Williams the Pembs Keep Wales Tidy project officer who has been such a great supporter of this project and also been down working so hard in the garden whilst we can’t have volunteering events. Loads done … loads to still do! It’s a really exciting time and also great to be hearing from more and more locals offering to help the project and volunteers keen to get involved on the ground.  We’re keeping a list and as soon as the rules allow, we’ll arrange some events.  Over the next few weeks the team will be doing more publicity and inviting our community groups to get involved, so watch this space! 

If you want to know email jeremy@ecodewi.org.uk or sophie@stdavidscathedral.org.uk

We’re so missing our organised volunteering sessions down at the St Davids Garden Project but with deliveries arriving, from the community development package we were awarded by Keep Wales Tidy, we have had to have a few people down there receiving and installing bits etc.

This last week we managed to:

  • get all the top soil and compost into our new raised beds
  • lay the wildflower turf … yep, rectangles of turf mesh planted with widflowers!
  • mark and measure for a possible main path through the garden
  • clear more piles of roots, soil and organic matter
  • heel in 5 small apple trees
  • collect four donated plastic compost bins, and
  • plant some rhubarb root stems that were donated by Lower Treginnis Farm along with some raspberry canes still to be planted

Loads done, loads to still do and great to be hearing from more and more locals about the project and volunteers keen to get involved.  We’re keeping a list and as soon as the rules allow, we’ll arrange some events.  Over the next few weeks the team will be doing more publicity and inviting our community groups to get involved, so watch this space!

If you want to know email jeremy@ecodewi.org.uk or sophie@stdavidscathedral.org.uk


The birds are happy!

Just a quick post to say how great it has been to see so many different species of birds enjoying our new community garden already, even though we have only just begun the project really. Clearing some of the jungle of brambles has opened up the ground more and along with us putting out some feeders, it has been great to capture the birds on our remote wildlife camera. We aim to create a mosaic of habitats, installing lots of bird boxes, bat boxes, log piles, insect hotels and just do all we can give biodiversity a real boost! Check out our little video below.


Success with our latest grant!

Okay, so it’s not really a grant but more of a package but still we’re really excited to have been successful with our application to Keep Wales Tidy and their Local Places for Nature project. EcoDewi has been awarded a Community Development Package, specifically a Community Food Growing one. And of course, everything in that package will go directly to the St Davids Garden Project and to the new community garden that we are helping to establish with St. David’s Cathedral.

So, what does that package include? Well, a huge range of things really but the highlight are a greenhouse, loads of tools, loads of plants & seeds include wildflower turf, a small tool shed, benches and books! This is going to make such a difference to our garden and to get things going.

The only slight hitch is we have to be able to receive and install most things by the end of February … eek! But, with our amazing volunteers we are committed to getting this done. A huge thanks to Keep Wales Tidy for believing in our project and giving us all this support. If you want to find out more about the St Davids Garden Project you can email us at jeremy@ecodewi.org.uk or check out their Facebook page at by clicking HERE.


St Davids Garden Project is LIVE!

We are so excited to announce that work has begun to clear a neglected and overgrown walled garden before transforming it into a fantastic community garden!

The walled garden is down by St. David’s Cathedral along The Close and is owned by The Representative Body of the Church in Wales. The plot has been a garden for centuries and has had many users over the years including being the original site of the St. David’s Garden and Nursery, now located on the St. David’s High Street. Unfortunately though, the garden has been allowed to go a little ‘wild’ over the last few years with no management by man or beast, to the point where we couldn’t actually get into the main garden to explore the site! This means it has become mainly a monoculture of brambles which whilst serving as some habitat for nesting birds and producing some flowers for pollinators, it is no where near a rich biodiverse habitat as it could be.

Led by Revd Sophie Whitmarsh, under the authority of the Dean & Chapter at St. David’s Cathedral, and working with Jeremy from EcoDewi and a core group of local volunteers, the goal is to build a community garden open for the public to enjoy, whether that be local residents or visiting tourists. Whilst the final details will have to wait until we have cleared more, to really understand the lay of the land etc, there is a real hope to have a space for growing fruit and vegetables, space for growing flowers to be used in the Cathedral, plenty of different wildlife habitats and educational features, an area for families and kids to relax in, perhaps some artwork and space to just relax and contemplate. The Cathedral also hope to use the space for pilgrims to use and perhaps some outdoor services. So, plenty of uses and just loads of hard work required now to prepare the site and develop it!

Both the Cathedral and EcoDewi are keen to get as many locals involved as possible. Partly because we need the help to develop and maintain the site but also to ensure it has a real community spirit, with a sense of ownership from locals. If you are interested in volunteering orgetting involved somehow, please drop an email to jeremy@ecodewi.org.uk and we can discuss options. Exciting times!