We’re thrilled to announce that Bwyd Bendigedig Port / Incredible Edible Porthmadog have been awarded £49,999 from Landfill Disposal Tax (LDT) community grants for their project to build some interesting features from waste material and to begin the ‘Edible Corridor in Porthmadog.
Lizzie Wynn, from Off The Wall Wales, designed the project during her research period at the Centre for Alternative Technology (MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment), where she now teaches courses and lectures, as an external contributor.
The plan is to create an earth-bermed greenhouse (Walipini), a shed/shelter (from materials that typically end up in landfill), a composting facility and raised beds. This will provide the local community with increased food-growing capacity, an all-year growing space, shelter/storage and free ‘food security’ learning opportunities in our changing climate.
Bwyd Bendigedig Port / Incredible Edible Porthmadog is located by Byw’n Iach Glaslyn, Porthmadog and has been maintained and added to, with volunteer help and donations only, since 2016. The project will benefit Porthmadog and the surrounding area, demonstrating to a wide audience how waste materials, earth and Eco-bricks can be used to construct robust buildings and raised beds. They will be unique and intriguing structures that promote the resilience of ecosystems and will draw people in from the wider community.
The project at Bwyd Bendigedig Port / Incredible Edible Porthmadog will be actively looking to involve all ages and plan to inform schools, businesses and groups in the Porthmadog area about the project with a series of presentations.
Project partners include the Welsh Government, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Byw’n Iach, Grŵp Cynefin and the National Exercise Referral Scheme.
Amanda Davies (Byw’n Iach) says, “Byw’n Iach.cyf are grateful for the work of the local group and its volunteers in attracting this grant and to LDT for investing in their vision. The location of the project at our Glaslyn site helps us to provide additional well being activities for our Exercise Referral Clients whilst at the same time creating an attractive and productive space for all of our customers on arrival at the Centre. We hope that the innovative design can be used as an exemplar for other communities in terms of the reuse of plastics.”
The group are fundraising for plants and items not included in the grant and donations can be made with Localgiving.org (https://localgiving.org/charity/edible).
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