As our six-month pilot programme 'Making Well' in partnership with the Fathom Trust draws to a close you can find out more about what we have been up to and the transformational effects of working with nature and green crafts. Huge thanks to all who braved the elements and joined us during our two 8-week autumn and winter programmes. You can find out more about the Fathom Trusts Green Prescribing study taking place due to be published this Spring by clicking the link below.
It was the perfect winter morning for the Green Minds gardening team to get planting the first Welsh heritage variety apple trees in our new community orchard area @breconcathedral
Today we planted a lovely Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music to help get us all singing ;-)
Raised by John Basham & Sons from a Cox’s Orange Pippin, a popular garden tree across the border in the west of England too…
A Brith Mawr of Newport origin from the 19th Century.
Supplier Tom Adams fruit tree nursery believes that “brith mawr” means something like “speckled big” in Welsh? A once very popular variety in South Wales as both a sharp eater and reliable cooker…
And one Pig Aderyn of St.Dogmael’s, Pembrokeshire origin … possibly Norman
The top of a Pig Aderyn is said to look like a bird’s beak - “pig aderyn” in Welsh. This old Welsh variety can still be found growing at the Abbey of St.Dogmael said to be very popular with the monks as it makes an excellent cider !
Always a great feeling planting trees and we wish them well !
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Hear about our partnership with Brecon Cathedral during the 'A 1000 Years of Calm' community project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It's been such a fantastic experience for us and our gardening group members to be involved with the project and grow our garden spaces within the Cathedral grounds. Our garden is now flourishing and open to the public, as is the new heritage trail, featuring 15 items to look out for with QR codes linking you to some of the fascinating history and heritage on your very doorstep.
"Brecon Cathedral is the site of an ancient Benedictine priory. It's now the site of a new project assisting with mental health, restoring vegetable and flower gardens for the public to enjoy where they might once have offered food and a place of peaceful contemplation for monks. These days, the Church has been working in partnership with the Brecon branch of the mental health organisation Mind, and volunteers under the direction of gardening therapist Jess Tanner have enjoyed seeing the fruits of their labour growing. Jonathan Thomas visits the garden and the wider project, 'A Thousand Years of Calm', telling the untold stories of the Cathedral's thousand year history and some of the people who once lived and worked in the vicinity. Jonathan talks to historian Sarah Ward-Clavier, and to Canon Residentiary, Rev Dr Mark Clavier, about the project and some of the hidden histories they have discovered in the trees and graveyard"
Click the link below to hear about our story on the 'All Things Considered' programme
Join us on Thursday 29th July for the last in our series of workshops in collaboration with the '1000 Years of Calm' Heritage and Landscape trail at Brecon Cathedral.
This outdoor based, creative workshop will be taking place in the tranquil setting of the new Heritage Kitchen Garden at Brecon Cathedral.
To find out more and to book a place please contact Jess: 07487 523 991 / email@example.com
We hope you will join us. No artistic experience necessary!
We were delighted to welcome the Welsh Minister for Health & Social Services, Eluned Morgan, last Friday, who enjoyed a tour of our projects heritage veg and wellness gardens. It was a great opportunity to discuss the importance of projects such as ourselves, and the vital role nature can play in supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of all. Thanks also goes again to Brecon Cathedral for their ongoing support of our groups work, and for providing the spaces that have enabled us to create much needed food and wildlife havens for the community as a whole.
Join us in the peaceful and beautiful setting of the new Heritage Kitchen Garden at Brecon Cathedral. Immerse yourself in colour, texture and scent through mindfulness and nature connection based practices.
This workshop forms part of a series of events funded by the Heritage Lottery Grant for the '1000 Years of Calm' heritage and landscape trail at Brecon Cathedral.
To find out more and to book a place please contact Jess. Details can be found on the poster below.
We hope you will join us for this very special event.
Thank you to everyone who attended, enjoyed and donated plants towards our plant sale project fundraiser on the 29th May at Brecon Cathedral. The day was a great success seeing us raise £445 and counting, as many remaining plants are still available to purchase outside Pilgrims tearoom in the grounds. It was particularly lovely for the Green Minds team and group members to see so many people inhabiting and enjoying the new community garden space, many of whom up until now, didn't realise we were there!
Thank you also for all the lovely feedback and comments left by customers, it's great to hear peoples thoughts and to know many found the space inspiring and beneficial to the community as a whole.
Join us in the Diocesan car park at Brecon Cathedral for a Spring plant sale. All money raised will go towards Green Minds social & therapeutic gardening projects. If you have any spares you would like to donate please bring these by 10am. Veg, flowers, indoor, outdoor, all welcome! No plants will be turned away.
Current Covid rules will apply.
The lovely Pilgrims cafe will be open from 11am serving food & drinks.
We look forward to seeing you there!
For more info please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to be offering our craft workshops again this Spring. Our upcoming willow plant support workshop will take place within the spacious grounds of Brecon Cathedral. Due to social distancing places are limited so please book ahead at £5 per person. No experience necessary and all equipment will be provided. The lovely Pilgrims cafe at Brecon Cathedral will be open serving hot drinks, cakes and lunches.
As we continue to extend our offerings online due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions, we enjoyed our first webinar this week, which forms part of a series of three entitled "From Winter to Spring".
The first of our talks focused on Community Gardening and our collaboration with Brecon Cathedral for the new Heritage & Landscape Trail "1000 Years of Calm", where the Green Minds gardeners will be creating a new heritage vegetable garden.
Our second talk next month will focus on spring foraging and ways to boost your immune system, culminating in our final webinar in April, which will come 'live from the woods' and focus on some mindful offerings amongst the trees!
For more information and to sign up to any of these free webinars just send Jess an email at email@example.com
We hope you'll join us as we welcome in the spring!