11 May 2012>
An amazing community based initiative based in Waunfawr Park has in just 6 years transformed a derelict council nursery into a buzzing and blooming green hub within the village.
Lead by volunteers and in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council, Groundwork Caerphilly, Crosskeys College, Brooklands Day Centre, and Waunfawr Primary school. The Garden has brought the community together at every level.
The transformation includes a community bicycle scheme that enables youngsters and adults with disabilities to ride specially modified bikes in safety through the park, a forest school and glass houses, used by the nearby Waunfawr Primary School, organic vegetable patches, which are for sale to local residents, Barbeques for residents to enjoy.
John RidgeWell, Independent Green Space Advisor said, "This garden is without doubt one of the best of its kind in Wales."
The Green Flag Award Scheme that recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country agrees with Mr Ridgewell as high above the park its own green flag flies proudly in the breeze.
Mark Williams, Head of Public Services said, "Waunfawr Community Park is a true testament to partnership working. Every day, summer or winter, the park is a hive of activity, residents young and old work together to create and maintain a beautiful garden."
Future improvements include a refreshment kiosk and it is hoped this will enable training and employment opportunities within a social enterprise business as well.
For more information contact Mark S Williams, Head Of Public Services, 01495 235070.
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