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Growing Aberdare

Geography students at the University of South Wales are encouraging the community of Aberdare to take part in an ambitious gardening project.

The second-year students have come up with the Growing Aberdare project, which will see a community flowerbed being planted in Aberdare Park for local residents and school groups to help maintain.

Abby Davies, one of the students who has set up the project, said: “We have carried out months of research by visiting the community and asking various questions of the local stakeholders, and they all agreed that a community flowerbed would be a great addition to the park.

“By groups of people working together, from local schools to council members, park officials and regular park users, the flowerbed can be something that the whole of Aberdare can be proud of.

“Getting involved in the project provides them with the opportunity to take an active role in the park, meet new people, feel that they are able to participate in decision making and feel more empowered.”

The project will culminate in celebratory event at Aberdare Park on Friday 12 May, starting at 2pm, in which the local community are invited to get their hands dirty and help put in the first plants to the flowerbed.