The Harvest Cowbridge project is a exciting new community project that has been launched in Cowbridge.
The project hopes to provide opportunities for people to come together to learn new skills and rural traditions, be outdoors, reduce food waste and have social gatherings. The aims of the project is to map, harvest and redistribute surplus fruit, organise pruning, cider making and juicing workshops, learn about related rural traditions, make produce i.e chutneys, and hold a celebratory apple day.
The project has been instigated by a local community member and and founder of Cowbridge Hub. So far a small group of volunteers have come together to start the ball rolling but more volunteers would really help to get things up and running. No previous experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to come together with others to do something positive in the community whilst having lots of fun in the process. For further details or to find out how you can get involved contact Debbie on 07890407670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The project has recently been awarded funding from Creative Rural Communities so can now go full steam ahead with its planned events.
Recent events include the Orchard Walk and fruit tree mapping workshop.
- The Orchard Walk took place during the Valeways Walking Festival 1st June 2014. This included an intro to the espaliered apple trees in Cowbridge Physic Garden, visit to Llanblethian Orchards with Alex Simmens talking about his trees and forthcoming cider production shed, Llazy Llama cider tasting and introduction to the apple varieties at Glyndwr Vineyard.
- The mapping workshop was be led by Sam Holt of Egg Seeds, who has created Green Maps for Orchard Cardiff and will cover how we will create a map of the fruit trees in Cowbridge and surrounding villages using a Green Map, why we are doing it, privacy issues, gathering information for volunteer harvesting.