Partneriaeth Ogwen is busy planning a new project in the Ogwen Valley, in conjunction with Balchder Bro, Ynni Ogwen and other community partners. The project is called Egin Ogwen, and it’s vision is to regenerate the streets of Bethesda via a subject that is relevant to everyone - food!
The project will work with the help of volunteers to transform areas around Bethesda that require a little attention (e.g . the planters outside of Spar). But, instead of planting flowers and trees, we will plant vegetables, herbs and fruit trees for the good of the community. The most important part is any person is allowed to pick and eat what is produced!
Our hope is to encourage local people to take part in planting and growing food, teaching the benefits of eating fresh foods, and fostering a sense of solidarity between the people of the valley as well as a sense of respect to where we are live! We hope to achieve these goals through working together to share our passion and expertise by learning about edible plants; whether in the field, in the classroom or the kitchen.
Similar projects exist across Wales and Britain with the same goal; to bring communities together by starting a conversation about eating healthy, fresh and organic foods. This project seeks to educate people about food in an inclusive and fun way, bringing people out from their homes to enjoy our town, and to develop a stronger sense of ownership and belonging. Through this engagement with the community the project seeks to benefit the area by encouraging people to engage with our shops, cafes and local initiatives, whilst simultaneously transforming the high street into a green and edible landscape by bringing more life (literally) to the high street.
Egin Ogwen welcomes anyone of any age to join us to achieve these goals, regardless of experience. All we ask for is a wheelbarrow full of enthusiasm and a willingness to get your hands dirty!