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Ecodyfi is looking for new people to join its 'Get Growing' project. Friendship and new skills that are great for mind and body are on offer!
'Get Growing' is a 13-week practical organic gardening course organised by the new Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi (Venture Out) project. This is aimed at getting people out to enjoy the natural environment.
As well as getting people active, 'Get Growing' aims to encourage people to grow and eat their own vegetables and herbs. It may therefore help improve diet, make participants feel more energetic and increase their understanding of the natural world.
Sessions will be at complete beginner level and are really easy. Mentro Allan activities leader Imogen Pettitt said, "There's no need for people to be put off if they havenít done much exercise for a while. Participants will be very welcome to take things at their own pace."
On 13 Fridays from 10.30 - 3p.m., starting on March 16 until early September, participants will try their hand at growing organic veg, with guidance and support from experienced gardener Bee Carnac.
On plots shared between two participants, they will grow a variety of crops ranging from spuds and cabbage to sweet corn and tomatoes. In September, they will harvest their crops and take them home to eat.
Other people, however, may choose to follow the course via the internet or post, carrying out the weekly activities in their own gardens.
Everyone from the Dyfi Valley is eligible to join in, although there will be a special welcome for parents of young children, people finding it difficult to get back to work, and people who live in Powys.
'Get Growing' is based at Ynyslas Gardens, a commercial organic garden near Borth. For people living in the Powys part of the Dyfi Valley, there will be some assistance with childcare and travel if necessary.
Jean Moore, who attended the 2005 course said, "I have really benefited from the gardening course. I have made new friends and enjoyed the time spent at Ynyslas Gardens, but most of all, I have learnt a great deal".
Ecodyfi successfully ran 'Get Growing' in 2005 and 2006, benefiting thirty local residents. This year, the programme is funded by Bro Ddyfi Inequalities in Health and Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi, whose main funder is the Big Lottery Fund. Local partners include Community Action Machynlleth And District, Coed Lleol, US Mach, Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin, Play Montgomeryshire, NPHS Inequalities in Health project, Bro Ddyfi Communities First, Tir Coed and NCH Sure Start.
Anyone wanting to get involved can contact ecodyfi by phoning 01654 703965 or emailing Mentro Allan or calling in to ecodyfi's office at Ty Bro Ddyfi, Machynlleth (opposite Maengwyn Café). Booking is essential.
Mentro Allan at Wales level
Mentro Allan is a collection of projects in Wales supported by the Big Lottery Fund and a national partnership. The programme targets specific groups that are generally less active than the wider population. Each of the projects will be funded for four years to increase the physical activity levels of its target group, making best use of the local natural outdoor environment close to where people live. The programme will collect evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventions designed to increase people's levels of health-benefiting physical activity.
Mentro Allan Bro Ddyfi Venture Out
The Bro Ddyfi Mentro Allan programme will engage individuals in the Dyfi Valley community to increase levels of their physical activity, using a variety of settings in the outdoor natural environment.
Our main target group is the broad population who experience rural isolation and who live sedentary lives. We are particularly concerned with individuals suffering from loneliness and social exclusion as a result of poor access to services and a dispersed population pattern, though activities will be open to all residents.
Our next target groups are: parents of young children, especially young parents; 11-18 years, especially those at risk of social exclusion; people with mental health issues, especially those not in regular contact with support groups and services.
We will target residents of the Machynlleth, Cadfarch, Glantwymyn and Llanbrynmair areas, but residents from other parts of the valley will be welcome to join in.
Ecodyfi is the lead body and other partners include:
Ecodyfi is the local regeneration organisation for the Dyfi Valley. It is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government through Environment Wales an