The Urban Farm in the heart of Swansea

20 September, 2021
By Louise Morgan

Swansea Community Farm is a charity project with community wellbeing at its heart set in Penderry, a deprived area of Swansea. It is run by the community, for the community with volunteers aged 8 to 83, who have helped develop the unique wildlife-friendly site over a period of over 20 years. They care for the rare breed animals, tend the organic allotments and orchard and manage the nature-friendly grounds.

Supporting our Community

As the only city farm in Wales, the Farm provides a unique space to support people from diverse backgrounds through a variety of projects, helping to develop skills such as animal care and behaviour management, conservation, tool use and woodwork, food growing, harvesting and cooking healthy meals. The volunteers work to create a safe, positive space where people can learn to manage their wellbeing and reach their potential, better equipping them for their future opportunities.

Grazing is Amazing!

As a small charity, the Farm relies on donations to stay open and provide this vital haven for the local community. Our new project, ‘Grazing is Amazing’, addresses the loss of habitat for key species (such as the Marsh Fritillary Butterfly and Scabious Mining Bee) on adjoining Cadle Heath Local Nature Reserve. This project was funded by a successful Big Give campaign, which showed the strength and depth of local support for the Farm. The grazing will improve the soil and remove invasive species as well as benefiting the local community who will gain contact with animals, plants and nature in an urban area.

Working with Partners

The Farm feels strongly about promoting sustainability and food education and we have been working closely with a number of organisations locally to endorse this ethos throughout Swansea. This year, we are hosting the AGM for Swansea Community Growing Network, a group promoting and supporting community growing and food resilience in the city. We also work closely with local social housing providers, GP clusters and mental health professionals, to ensure that Farm volunteering is open to all who would benefit.

The amazing work done by the volunteers and staff at the Farm not only works miracles on individuals’ health, it also allows many adults and children from the surrounding area to gain access to and enjoy our green spaces, play spaces and wellbeing activities for free, and offers hands-on educational visits for school children to learn about food production and farming for wildlife.

Swansea Community Farm: Louise Morgan- Louise@swanseacommunityfarm.org.uk / 01792 578384 

Swansea Community Growing Network (and the Farm): Katharine Aylett – swanseacommunitygrowing@gmail.com / 01792 578384 

The Environment Centre, Swansea: Clare Bennett, admin@environmentcentre.org.uk / 01792 480200

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