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Local Green Heroes Miss Out on Shortlist

Cefn Cribwr Gardening ClubBritt Growers 

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies this year nominated Brit Growers/Our Garden, a community garden in Gilfach Goch led by Mark Street for this year’s “Keep Wales Tidy” Awards and Cefn Cribwr Gardening Club, a local group that runs vegetable plots led by Tracy Birch.



Huw nominated Brit Growers/Our Garden for the work the group has done with the Gilfach Goch Community Garden. Under their stewardship the garden has become a local community centre and area of great beauty


Huw also nominated Cefn Cribwr Gardening Club for their efforts over the past four years the club to transform an area of wasteland into 16 productive vegetable plots.



Unfortunately Cefn Cribwr Gardening Club and Brit Growers/Our Garden were both unsuccessful in being shortlisted for this year’s award. However Keep Wales Tidy has issued Brit Growers/Our Garden with a prestigious certificate in recognition of their work


During the judging process, Brit Growers/Our Garden stood out and although they were not shortlisted for the final, the judges felt that they demonstrated exemplary efforts and are an inspiration to groups across Wales. As such, Brit Growers/Our Garden have been awarded a Highly Commended certificate for the work they have carried out.


Huw said “In providing a community growing space and nursery for rare and native Welsh fruit trees Brit Growers/Our Garden has transformed the aesthetics of Evanstown and improved the lives of residents. I was proud to nominate them for the award and though it is a disappointment that they were not entered into the shortlist it is wonderful to see Keep Wales Tidy celebrate their work with this certificate. Mark Street and everyone involved with Brit Growers/Our Garden should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.”


Huw added “Though I am sure Tracy and everyone involved with Cefn Cribwr Gardening Club will be disappointed not to be shortlisted in this year’s Keep Wales Tidy awards, this should not detract from the amazing work the group has done. For the past four years the group has brought the local community together around a shared love of gardening and nature and I am sure they will continue to go from strength to strength”