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Cathays feast celebrates garden project for refugees

A FEAST has been held at a cafe in Cathays to celebrate a community garden project in the area.

As part of the Global Gardens project, the event was held at the Embassy Cafe at Cathays Community Centre last night to celebrate the integration of cultures.

Each person attending was invited to bring a dish from a “place close to their heart” to share with everyone. The dishes offered included purple yam curry, leek and potato soup, and tofu salad.

After the feast, an auction was held for clay pots and planters made through the Soil and Clay project, also run by the Global Gardens project. Soil and Clay had previously been funded by the Pears Foundation, but now along with Global Gardens is run completely by volunteers.

The auction was held by Kate Knowles, from Adamsdown, and included clay pots, planets, and a clay camel made through the soil and clay project

An auction held by Kate Knowles, from Adamsdown, included clay pots, planets, and a clay camel made through the Soil and Clay project.

All proceeds from the evening will be used to fund the project.

The Global Gardens project was started by Poppy Nicol and Jack Welbourne from Roath in August 2016 to support integration between the Cardiff community and refugees. Gardening sessions are held at the Flaxland allotments opposite the Heath Park campus on a plot given by the Trinity Centre.

Over the past few months, volunteers have been working to cut back brambles to build raised beds and plant herbs and fruit trees.

Project co-ordinator Poppy Nicol said: “Hopefully over the next few months we’ll be able to use the space to bring people together and learn more about gardening, and celebrate diversity and its cultural and ecological richness.”

Bethan Lewis, 27, and Patrick Nevins, 25, both from Roath attended the feast last night at the Embassy Cafe

Bethan Lewis, 27, and Patrick Nevins, 25, both from Riverside attended the feast at Cathays Community Centre last night

Bethan Lewis, 27, from Riverside heard about the project through her work with Artes Mundi. She said: “Displaced people can’t make long-term plans, they’re better at seeing where they are and it’s good to think short term and plan for now. So this is a good sustainable project working from the course in a good sustainable way.”

  • More information about Global Gardens as well as future events can be found on their Facebook page.
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