Dewi’s Acre / Erw Dewi is a brand new Community Garden in St Davids down on The Close by the cathedral. EcoDewi is really excited to be working in collaboration with St. David’s Cathedral on this 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.
UPDATE: Fundraising Appeal now LIVE. For more information or to donate visit https://localgiving.org/appeal/dewis-acre/ or watch the video below.
We loved being a part of the St Davids City Open Gardens Weekend which took place on 26/27 June after a year off. The event is the brainchild of the fabulous Julia Horton-Mansfield and her husband John Mansfield who run the Really Wild Emporium shop, cafe, soap business, foraging tours and so much more!
12 gardens took part including the fab Erw Dewi / Dewi’s Acre community garden that EcoDewi has helped to establish in collaboration with St Davids Cathedral. And we must say that the team of volunteers in the community garden did an amazing job getting it ready for the weekend showing the amazing work done to date and also what they plan to do going forwards.
The weekend was complemented by a small Gardeners’ Market in the Cross Square and EcoDewi was really pleased to have a stall there, to help us spread the word about our work and inspire more people to get involved.
Great work by John & Julia and we look forward to helping next year!
We were very honoured to be invited by Renew Wales, one of our partner organisations, to join them for a chat about biodiversity and green spaces as part of their new podcast series, ‘Renew Wales in conversation’.
Our Biodiversity & Community Engagement rep, Jeremy Wadia, joined fellow podcast guest Ian Thomas, of Welcome to Our Woods, and the Renew Wales host and one of their Pembrokeshire mentors, Jasmine Dale, for a great 30 minute chat. The group discussed why biodiversity is important to them, the challenges facing their areas with regards to volunteers and local understanding of issues, some of the current projects and the importance of collaboration and local action, and some wishes for the future! Hopefully you may enjoy it and it might even spark some ideas, debate and interest in getting more involved. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
More info on Renew Wales: Renew Wales is a practitioner-led programme helping communities in Wales reduce their carbon footprint, adapt to the impacts of climate change and live more sustainably. Working through a network of Local Coordinators, hosted in local third sector organisations, Renew links community groups with Peer Mentors – experienced people who can offer their advice, inspiration and knowledge to enable others to take their first steps towards action on climate change. Renew was set up and is supported by a group of organisations with a long track record of community development and climate change action, and is run by a small team within the Development Trusts Association Wales (DTA Wales). It is funded by the Sustainable Steps programme delivered through the Community Fund.
The best way to contact Renew Wales is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first volunteering weekend at Erw Dewi / Dewi’s Acre took place on Saturday 22nd May and the sun was out to welcome us. After so much rainfall and warmer temperatures, the weeds have been coming up in full force so the new community garden needed a good team of volunteers to help out. 10 keen locals helped out, including two little ones who themselves got stuck in!
As well as weeding, we managed to plant more raspberry canes, squash and pumpkins (that had been grown from seed in our greenhouse), as well as some wildflowers and herbs that were supplied as part of the community development package from Keep Wales Tidy and the Local Places for Nature scheme.
There is loads more to do and everyone is welcome, whether a local resident or visitor to the area. More events are planned every other Friday and Saturday as follows:
SATURDAY (10am -12.30pm)
For more information on the garden, contact Jeremy or Sophie at email@example.com
We really enjoyed leading a Community Zoom call on Tuesday 23rd March, with a wide group of locals including community councillors, community group leaders and other interested representatives of organisations and residents. Jeremy Wadia from EcoDewi and Rev Sophie Whitmarsh from St Davids Cathedral hosted the call to raise awareness of Erw Dewi / Dewi’s Acre community garden and highlight how community groups might be able to get involved.
Attendees included St Davids County Councillor (Cllr David Lloyd), representatives from the St Davids City Council including the Mayor (Cllr Bira Sehmi), the new Dewisland People’s Shed, Brush Strikes art group, Farms for City Children, Menevia WI, Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi and St Davids Community Forum. Everyone heard about exactly where the garden is, the journey so far, our exciting layout plan (see below) and how people can get involved, before some good questions and discussions. Great to highlight the garden even more and hopefully to inspire people to visit and get involved.
Really excited for the core team behind St Davids new Community Orchard as they confirm its new name as Erw Dewi / Dewi’s Acre and launch their new logo! Well done everyone involved. We love the name and new look!