A gardening group founded to help foster a new community spirit has been recognised with an award.
Clos Dinas Growers was honoured in the Community Action Awards of TPAS Cymru – the Tenant Participation Advisory Service.
The Trethomas group was founded by resident Charley Lloyd-Grayson for the new United Welsh housing association development.
Tenants, and their children, created a thriving allotment for the community to enjoy.
They organised the build of six raised beds, a bench and a shed and had a very successful first growing season, with local children growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants to donate to neighbours throughout the community.
The allotment has also been a base to teach children about recycling, the important of conserving water and sharing and gives them a safe place to enjoy.
In addition to the TPAS Cymru award, the group has also recently won a United Welsh Together Award. To recognise the children for their efforts, Ms Lloyd-Grayson held a special event for the group at Bedwas and Trethomas Community Hall.
Children were presented with medals by Bedwas, Trethomas, and Machen councillor Liz Aldworth.
Cllr Aldworth said: “The whole project has been brought together by Charley Lloyd-Grayson who has worked alongside the children, encouraging them to be interested in allotment gardening.
“I was proud to be present and to support a wonderful community champion such as Charley and the wonderful children.”
Ms Lloyd-Grayson said: “The children have been amazing.”