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Young people join council’s ‘Inspire To Grow’ project and win award at agricultural show

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A group of young people have reaped the rewards of their gardening prowess by winning an agricultural award, after taking part in Torfaen Council’s ‘Inspire To Grow’ project

‘Inspire To Grow’ i for young people aged 11 to 19, who have been referred to the project, to grow their own fruit and vegetables whilst honing vital skills to help them succeed in life. The young people worked to transform outdoor plots into flourishing gardens, growing crops such as onions, leeks and potatoes, as well as chillies, tomatoes and cucumbers – all grown in Polytunnels. Their dedication and hard work paid off as the group recently clinched first prize at the Llangynidr agricultural show for their delicious figs.

All the produce is grown on a community-based allotment in Penygarn and is used to make chutneys, soups, casseroles and jams. Finlay Drever, 15, from Cwmbran, was signed up to the project over the summer period, he said: “I feel like being part of the allotment as it has helped boost my confidence and social skills. It’s a great feeling making your own onion and chilly chutneys and gives you a sense of achievement when you harvest them”.

The Inspire to Grow project is looking to open a small café on the premises soon, which will feature a menu designed everyone involved.

Gareth Jones, Manager at Torfaen Council’s Inspire to Achieve programme, said, “We have been truly astounded by the unwavering commitment and strides made by these young individuals. It was only natural for us to showcase the fruits of their labour at the esteemed Llangynidr Agricultural Show. The project helps to boost confidence, life skills and teaches young people time management, the importance of being organised while understanding the process from land to plate.”

Students on the project are identified by their teachers as being in need of extra support alongside their regular studies.

Find out more

For more information about the Inspire To Grow project in Torfaen, contact Gareth Jones at gareth.jones4@torfaen.gov.uk or call 07976632911.

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Young people join council’s ‘Inspire To Grow’ project and win award at agricultural show