Ebenezer Garden Project Plan
The Ebenezer Garden Project is linked to the Heritage and Living Churchyard project based in the graveyard of Ebenezer Chapel in Pontnewynydd. Adjacent to the graveyard is the former Sunday School Hall and an allotment that runs along the south wall of the building.
The allotment measures 20m x 5m and is effectively a south facing walled garden, perfect for a food growing project.
The aims of the project are to:
- grow a variety of food plants for sharing and maybe sale at events
- attract visitors to the hall (retaining privacy for neighbours)
- be beneficial for a wide range of wildlife
- provide opportunities for volunteers to be involved in creation, maintenance and future development of the garden and grounds
To achieve these aims, we plan to create a small forest garden containing fruit trees and shrubs, as well as nitrogen fixing plants and those beneficial to wildlife. This will be complemented by small plots for growing vegetables, flowers and herbs – providing the opportunity for individuals to try growing food without taking on a whole allotment plot (though we hope that this will encourage people to try this). To extend the growing season and the range of crops we can grow, we intend to construct a small poly tunnel. We also plan to create a series of features beneficial to wildlife, such as a small pond, mini wild flower meadow and habitat piles. The project area continues out to the parking area where we will plant a variety of native trees, shrubs, flowering plants and herbs to make the area more attractive for people and wildlife. Footpaths need to be improved to make the area safer for visitors.