Cultures Shared in Global Gardens

Global Gardens. Photo: CNP

A community project in Cardiff  is encouraging people to learn about gardening. Global Gardens says it also wants people to enjoy working together on allotments.

They say, after the cold and wet winter, plants are springing back and so they believe it is the appropriate time to reopen their projects.

Our Cardiff News Plus reporter said that walking into the allotment site you can see many budding plants and flowers and that there’s also a “Green House” where people can sit down and learn skills about gardening.

Green House. Photo: CNP

Kai Lange is the head gardener and is highly respected by gardeners at Global Gardens where he teaches people how to cultivate land or grow different crops.

Showing our reporter a Jerusalem artichoke, Mr Lange says, “it’s a root you can eat and that it’s good for people diagnosed with diabetes.”

A root of Jerusalem Artichokes. Photo: CNP

Vaida Barzdaite is one of the coordinators of Global Gardens. She says the project started about three years ago and it’s going really well now. She also sees what community growing can bring to people.“There’s a lot of benefits”, she says.

She added, “Being outdoors, people engaging, people socializing. So it’s helping people who feel a bit lonely and people who just want to come and do some physical work. And we also learn lots of different things. We have workshops so people can learn some new gardening skills or cooking skills.”

Photo: CNP

Shaun Lane is one of the community members. He’s also trying to bring more people to the garden. He thinks it’s a great opportunity to enjoy different food and culture with people from different places.

He says, “It really is about bringing people together. So more different people getting involved can make the project grow. We aim to look at local communities, local people around, as well as refugees and asylum seekers. And the food is just a kind of cultural communicator.”

Pear flowers. Photo: CNP

Our reporter saw lots of plants growing, such as cooking herbs, salads, chards and fruits like blackcurrants, pears and plums. Gardening sessions run every week, but Global Gardens say they plan to grow more different crops and they will have more sessions open to all people.

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