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We built an Allotment Academy for use by plot holders to store equipment but also for wider community including schools and Glynneath Training centre to hold classes and workshops. The building structure is now complete, and we have used building for partnership meetings and the local volunteers have used the building to make hanging baskets for the community.


The process was not without difficulty due to issues with weather and planning department that led to delays in completion. However, we have ended up with a beautifully completed building with good quality workmanship and the first few events have been very encouraging.


We are now developing a timetable and schedule with the schools in area to hold art and gardening activities for 2019-20 academic year. The project is in its infancy however many different events have already taken place in conjunction with Glynneath Training Centre, schools and allotment holders and hopefully this is just the start of many more community groups benefitting from the Allotment Academy.” – Ian Rhys Williams


The Micro Fund grant of £4998 from Pen y Cymoedd was used for initial stages of planning and structural engineers’ reports. This was a vital step that the group needed help funding before they were then able to successfully submit applications for £54,000 from other funders serving the Neath Valley. We were happy to support this initial stage to open door on further funding.


The Society had been developing and planning this proposal for some time, consulting with local organisations and the wider community. It links well with the Glynneath Training Centre wider community growing project and this facility and site will be a key venue for activities and learning. We wish them continued success.

How this project met the fund’s priorities:

More outdoor living / fit for purpose buildings and spaces / a sustainable network of well used community buildings