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Gardd Y Ddraig (Garden of the Dragon)

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Gardd Y Ddraig (Garden of the Dragon)

Gardd Y Ddraig (Garden of the Dragon)

Janis Werrett By Janis Werrett

To develop and reopen a badly neglected 5 acre plot of land as a community garden with a Welsh Mythological theme.

Abercynon Delivery stage

pledged of £7,195

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

We are a group of volunteers working together to develop a stunning but badly neglected 5 acre plot of land for use as a much needed community garden offering the following: Free pick your own fruit and veg to those who need it most along with nutrition and fresh cooking classes Welsh mythology theme to engage children and help them connect with nature Arts and crafts (willow creations, dragon and fairy making, art) Outdoor natural play area Community barbecue area to bring the community together Willow and Hazel coppice Protection and preservation of wildlife River play Volunteering and employability opportunities Natural therapies and classes in making natural soaps Hobbit style woodland cafe (vegetarian) Many of our volunteers have autism and are absolutely thriving in this environment, slowly becoming independent, gaining a love of the job and developing communication skills that will help them long term.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create a natural play area
  • Create a community barbecue area
  • Create a hobbit style vegetarian cafe

Why it's a great idea:

We have a small but dedicated team of volunteers that have come together to run this project and it has become a labour of love,helping us all to grow through a re connection with nature, even the rain doesn't stop us. Although we have set ourselves up as a non profit company ltd by guarantee we are run by volunteers with no paid staff and managed by a core management group consisting of local people so it really is a community led initiative. This environment just seems to help people to open up and to connect with others and with nature and we know that the implications for that can spread far and wide helping those who are isolated, struggling to buy food, suffering from physical or mental illness, those with learning difficulties. The intergenerational aspect will also carry benefits far and wide as the older generation teach us younger ones about the garden, about planting and the benefits of each plant, making friends themselves and gaining a real sense of achievement.

Steps to get it done:

  • Clearing the weeds and turning the earth
  • Clearing the river banks of weeds and reestablishing the riverside picnic area
  • Creating allotment plots
  • Creating outdoor barbecue area
  • Creating outdoor play area


Location Abercynon

About the space

Custom Location


Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £7,194

log cabin (cafe) - £2,299 (32%)
electricity generator - £1,589 (22%)
water pipes - £1,500 (21%)
woodland play area - £800 (11%)
Polytunnel covers - £300 (4%)
Other - £706 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

log cabin (cafe)
electricity generator
water pipes
woodland play area
Polytunnel covers
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Any extra funds will be used for the following:
  • Heavy duty machinery such as rotavator
  • Conservatory for training/classes/natural therapy
  • Sculptures for our mythological theme

Total £7,194

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Garden tools and protective clothing materials for sheds, conservatories etc paint and outdoor textiles for school garden stone and willow sculptures of dragons, fairies polytunnel covering
  • Finance Horticulture Social enterprise

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