Plas y Wern Community Market Garden Feasibility Study

In 2008 R4C carried out a study to establish the feasibility of a community market garden on a site next to Plas Y Wern Hostel, owned by the North Wales Probation Service.

The work was commissioned by Plas Madoc Communities First and funded by Community Justice Interventions Wales. They had worked with the probation service and established a steering group including Wrexham County Borough Council to oversee the work.

The aim was to establish a community market garden as a thriving social enterprise, generating revenue for local, social benefit, including providing some local jobs, and prioritising wider social benefit for estate residents. It was felt that benefiting hostel residents and improving social acceptance of the hostel within the community was a lesser, but still important, priority.

A major part of the social benefit from the market garden is access to fresh, locally grown food, and the associated benefits of fresh food and outdoor exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle for people on low incomes

Helen Fairweather, the lead consultant from Resources for Change, delivered a high quality Feasibility Study and Business Plan to Plas Madoc Communities First in March 2008, which included a detailed proposal for the venture; cost, possible funders and a suggested management structure.

The proposed garden would provide good social, environmental and economic outcomes for the estate, and with the support it has from some capable organisations has a good prospect of success. We wish them luck.

For more information about this work contact Helen Fairweather.

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