The Vale of Glamorgan Council has worked with partners and residents to transform a previously derelict site off Margaret Avenue in Colcot into a flourishing space for the community to enjoy.

To celebrate the completion of the project, an open day was held on 19 October, giving the community an opportunity to see what Everyone’s Garden has to offer.

After funding was obtained to develop the land, the Council’s Community Investment Team worked closely with residents and partners to deliver a shared community space.

The garden boasts a range of features including a greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles, a play area, allotment, and an education centre.

The project was a collaborative effort with partners and residents. Colcot Primary School, Colcot Residents Association, Bouygues UK, Horizon Civil Engineering, National Resource Wales, Eggseeds, Home Education Wales, Vale Youth Service, Flying Start and Vale Homes all helped develop elements of the site that were chosen by the community through public consultations.

Going forward, community groups and Colcot Primary School will be instrumental in the gardens upkeep and maintenance, many of which have already held events, workshops, and wellbeing sessions at the site.

If you wish to get involved with Everyone’s Garden, contact Community Investment Officer Mark Ellis to find out more information:

Councillor Margaret Wilkinson, Cabinet Member for Public Sector Housing and Tenant Engagement said:

“It’s been great to see the progress of the site. It has been transformed from a fly-tipping hotspot into a safe community hub.

“The project’s success is thanks to the collective effort of many services, organisations, and the community – well done to everyone involved!

“It’s wonderful to see local groups and schools make use of the space and going forward I hope that many more will embrace the wonderful facilities it has to offer.”