Two years on and the Nightingale Community Garden in Dinas Powys is going from strength to strength. Now into its second season all plots are still full and community members continue to grow an abundance of fresh fruit/veg and flowers. In fact growers are producing so much that they have teamed up with a Vale based food bank to provide them with much needed fresh produce.
Mike Grove, Treasurer for the Vale Food Bank, said: “We have two food banks in Barry and one in Dinas Powys that benefit from Nightingale Community Garden. We support around 25 families a week so it can get very busy and we really appreciate the extra produce.
“When you’re on a low income, you notice that it’s the fresh produce that costs more so it’s great being able to deliver vegetables to our clients that were harvested that same day – you can’t get better than that.”
Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Lis Burnett added: “When I visited the opening of the Nightingale Community Garden for their official launch I was bowled over by just how much the local community had achieved with the support of Community Foodie.
“It was so encouraging to see the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that were being grown and the real sense of community spirit.
“The fact that they have now made links with the local food bank to supply their surplus produce just shows how a project like this can benefit not just those involved but can also spread throughout the whole community.”
Big pat on the back to all the community members involved and Cllr Keith Hatton and Elizabeth Millard for continuing to support such a brilliant project!!