For additional details of our projects across Blaenau Gwent, search for ‘Growing Space’ on Dewis Cymru or Infoengine
A Tour around some of Tredegar House gardens
Growing Space - Tredegar House
Our project is located in the gardens and park at Tredegar House in Newport, working in partnership with the National Trust. Participants are involved in horticultural therapy and training, and can enjoy working in many areas of the site. There are opportunities to work in areas such as the woodlands and lake, the beautiful historic walled garden, the polytunnel, the private cottage garden, allotments and more.
Situated near the caravan park, we also have a dedicated creative arts and crafts room located in the meadows building.
Other activities include a range of accredited and non-accredited training, which covers a variety of horticulture, vocational and employability skills, and arts and crafts.
Growing Space Shop - Tredegar House
Our social enterprise shop showcases the creativity and talents of participants from across our GS projects, together with local crafts.
- plants and produce from our horticulture projects
- garden planters, bird tables and nesting boxes made by our carpentry groups
- paint supplies and upcycled furniture
- handcrafted gifts
Participants are involved in all aspects of running the shop, which includes creating product displays and serving customers. This provides valuable customer service and retail experience, alongside accredited qualifications. This is a great opportunity for developing confidence, communication and employability.
The Laundry Garden – Tredegar House
This project is delivered in partnership with Woodlands Routes to Wellbeing. Participants accessing this project help to maintain the ornamental shrub garden, wildlife friendly garden, and grow herbs and organic vegetables, some of which are in raised planters for easy access to all. This project also has access to the community kitchen, where participants can learn to cook and eat healthily. All duties are light work and mainly using hand tools.
Woodwork – St Cadoc’s Hospital
The ‘RESTORE@thewoodshed’ project, is a partnership between Growing Space and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, and is based at St Cadoc’s hospital, Caerleon. It enables participants on wards to make the transition from hospital back into the community through the recovery and rehabilitation process of work experience, activity and occupation. It also supports participants who need furniture by providing them with recycled furniture on discharge.
Participants gain skills in woodwork, painting and decorating, tiling, upcycling, and health and safety, whilst also increasing their confidence. Taking part in this project enables participants to recognise the importance of structure and social engagement by working in this environment.
A range of products have been made, and are for sale to the general public, including bird boxes, bird tables, shoe horns, garden planters, benches, hedgehog houses, and bespoke upcycled products.
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