Dyffryn Gwyrdd is a project based in the Ogwen Valley that focuses on sustainability and the environment, while addressing mental well-being, different types of poverty, and rural isolation. It is funded by the National Lottery and runs for three years, from September 2020 to 2023.
We will develop the Green Valley into an exemplar of sustainable development with a community transport plan, maintaining social gardens, creating systems for producing and distributing food and meals, increasing volunteering opportunities, improving skills and creating jobs.
We would also develop the Green Valley Hub in Bethesda High Street as a center for energy efficiency advice and support for our residents. This will empower our communities to realize our vision of a fair, sustainable bilingual community working together to alleviate poverty through environmental collaboration.
Food and gardens
- Tree Planting - We are involved in various ongoing tree planting projects around the Ogwen Valley. Native trees not only provide shelter and food for birds and animals, it also helps prevent climate change by absorbing CO2 from the air and stabilizing the water level. In 2020, we planted oak trees as a gift from DEG in Gerlan and with the help of the National Trust at Nant Ffrancon.
- Ogwen Orchards - The aim of creating community orchards is to bring people together, learn how to cultivate fruit trees, learn about important habitats and species. By working together, we can increase the availability of local and seasonal food (for free!), Eat and process food together, reduce loneliness, and perhaps even create a small business or business opportunity two? We have planted fruit trees in 6 sites along the valley in the winter of 2020-21 (with grants from Social Farms & Gardens and Gwynedd Council), donated trees to individuals, and will come together again as an orchard group once the rules allow that.
- Gardens and allotments - We have a number of projects underway relating to gardens and allotments (early 2021). Gardening projects once again aim to come together to reduce loneliness, grow local food for use in our community, learn from each other about gardening and cooking. Gardening is also good for exercise and good for getting rid of stress! Also of course it's an opportunity to beautify the area with flowers and hedgerows that attract insects which are important in pollinating all the crops! And create events around food!
- Covid-19 Support Fund - In response to Covid, we have helped people with food poverty, fuel and other items. Details can be found on this Facebook page.
Consultancy and advice, working with Cyd Energy, on home energy efficiency.
Help with fuel poverty.
Projects looking at fuel sources.
We are expanding our use of electric vehicles, with the aim of maximizing their potential to help the community, the local economy and the environment.
Some of these uses include:
- to transport Cadwyn Ogwen food deliveries
meals on wheels through a Community Friend project
- to escort patients to their appointments
- to hire out from the public
- to transport people up to Llyn Ogwen from Bethesda
We aim to create a fleet of electric bikes. The aim of these will be
- To tackle transport poverty
- to reduce car journeys
- to hire out to the public
- a repair workshop and for people to learn bike maintenance and maintenance skills
We have a number of projects and volunteering opportunities that target loneliness, wellbeing and community resilience.
Community Friend - In partnership with a local café, we provide a Meals on Wheels service and initiatives to promote digital inclusion. Volunteering opportunities will be provided in relation to the projects listed above.
Page updated: 26/03/21