Gardd y Fro (Community Garden)
The main community garden is situated behind the Public Institute on Llanfyllin High Street, with satellite sites at Y Dolydd and in Brook Street. The garden is focused on teaching volunteers and the wider community skills in growing food in line with permaculture principles, as well as building community out in the open air with our hands in the soil.
Volunteers meet everything Tuesday and Friday between 10am and midday to make compost, mulch the beds, plant out new fruit and vegetables, tidy up and harvest the produce. Please do come along to say hello and have a cup of tea – and lend a hand if you’d like!
Cae Bodfach forest garden
Cae Bodfach is located behind Llanfyllin Spar, between the town and the river Cain. There is a young forest garden, with apples, pears, cherries, medlars, raspberries and currants, as well as a herb garden and the supporting plant guilds. The garden became slightly over-grown during the Covid lockdown, and the trees need substantial pruning to return to full productivity. We are currently in the process of mapping the trees and shrubs, and giving the plants the care and attention they need to provide a rich and varied crop for Llanfyllin residents, as well as providing shelter and respite for people and wildlife.
A partnership between BRACE and Extinction Rebellion Oswestry & Borders, the Oswestry and Borders Repair Café brings local fixperts together with everyone in the community who needs a hand mending clothes, bikes, electrical appliances, furniture – or pretty much anything that needs some love. Fixperts provide their expertise for a small donation to help people restore their belongings and try to reduce the need for new consumption. With regular sessions alternating between the Llanfyllin Public Institute and Oswestry, there are slots for everyone to bring their sad or broken possessions along. Keep an eye out for the next date, or get in touch if you have expertise that you could volunteer!
Cain Valley River Group
The Cain Valley River Group is a local group of committed volunteers who are interested in the Cain river and are active in promoting the health of the river and the surrounding nature. Although the CVRG has been a separate group for many years, it has recently joined forces with BRACE!
BRACE and PACE (Powys Action on the Climate Emergency) have been carrying out research locally into the amenities available locally, trying to identify any gaps in the facilities and services on offer. The research is an attempt to see whether the urban concept of 20-minute Neighbourhoods can be applied in a rural setting.
Y Pantri – Llanfyllin Community Fridge
More details coming soon!
These are the projects that BRACE has underway at the moment, but we’re always looking for new ideas. BRACE members are interested in lots of different areas, including waste, transport, heating and energy, and much more besides. If you’ve got an idea that you need help getting off the ground, please do sign up and get in touch. You’ll find an open and friendly community of helping hands.