This inspiring project is located on a large plot at the entrance to Bettws Allotments. The project was started in April 2007. The team worked hard to transform an area of disused allotments to a productive, well laid out garden with 2 polytunnels, raised beds and accessible pathways.
The project has 2 units on the site. One is the site office and kitchen, and the other doubles as a classroom and a dry space for break times. The trainees at the project have been involved in creating a wildlife pond, living willow features, fruit cages and a large outdoor classroom, which was constructed entirely from reclaimed materials. The site also has a tool store and an accessible toilet.
Trainees attend Roots from 9am-3pm
A person centred training plan is developed for each student; this includes skills development training programmes that cover the following:
The food is all grown using sustainable growing principles, without using artificial pesticides or fertilizers, to make sure the food produced is as healthy to eat as possible. This way of growing food is much kinder to people and the environment.
Roots also carries out garden maintenance and contract work for local parks, churches, community centres and for people living around the local area. This provides realistic work based training. They have also undertaken bench and out-door furniture refurbishment. Roots are always looking for new opportunities, so please contact the project if you are interested in exploring this further.
Vision 21 is a member of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
Roots also makes a variety of seasonal products such as hanging baskets and planters during the Spring and Summer months and wreaths, table decorations and log reindeer in the run-up to Christmas. If you are interested in any of these please contact the project directly to place an order.
Roots, The Blue container
Off Trawsmawr Lane,
Off Itchin Road