South Wales developer helps blossom love for gardens with community donations this National Gardening Week

To celebrate National Gardening Week, which is taking place from Monday 29th April to Sunday 5th May, leading partnerships developer Lovell is sharing the recent donations its made to help improve community gardens across South Wales.

National Gardening Week is hosted annually by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the world’s leading gardening charity. Each year, thousands of people get involved by sharing their love of gardening and raising awareness of the physical and mental benefits gardening can bring.

Lovell is taking part in the awareness week by shining a light on some of its recent donations, where it’s helped to foster a love of gardens across South Wales, within the communities it operates in.

Gwent Wildlife Trust received a donation of 2,700kg of cement, allowing them to build a decking and pathway area in the wildlife garden at Llys Glyncoed in Ebbw Vale, a housing scheme which allows older people to live independently. The donated cement assisted the Trust in creating an accessible boardwalk, tailored for residents, mobility scooter users and wheelchair users, and flanked by raised flower beds. Residents are now able to spend more time in the garden and plant their own shrubs and flowers.

Lovell then donated 300m of metal fencing from The Mill development in Cardiff to Garth View Organics, an allotment in the village of Taff’s Well. The new fencing has provided a secure space for keen gardeners to grow beans, without needing to worry about disruption from local wildlife.

In Newport, where the developer is building new homes at its Royal Victoria Court and Locke Gardens developments, Lovell recently donated 10 tonnes of topsoil, seeds and 50 flagstone slabs to St Stephan’s Church, with its contractor Jewson also donating timber fencing. The materials went towards the creation of a children’s play area, with the topsoil helping to facilitate the growth of vibrant greenery.

Ebbw Bridge Baptist Church, also in Newport, was given one tonne of Cotswold stone and 30 seed packets from Lovell, to enhance the on-site garden and create a welcoming space for the church and its members. Deb Porretta, a site cleaner at Royal Victoria Court, volunteered her time to clear the garden ahead of the restoration works.

Gemma Clissett, regional partnerships director at Lovell, said: “Supporting the local community is very important to us at Lovell, and we were delighted to make each of these donations. We take great pride in seeing our donations help to create welcoming spaces for residents to get together and socialise.

“This National Gardening Week, we hope that everyone we’ve supported enjoys spending time in their revamped gardens, and we look forward to assisting many more community groups in the future.”

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Royal Victoria Court is being delivered by Lovell in partnership with Tirion Homes and with support from Welsh Government. The development will consist of 528 properties, including 264 open market sale homes and 234 affordable homes for rent with Tirion Homes, alongside an additional 30 properties for low-cost home ownership through Melin Homes. To find out more, visit

Locke Gardens is being delivered by Lovell in partnership with Pobl, and will consist of 500 properties, including 286 open market sale homes, 80 affordable homes and 134 shared ownership properties. The development is part of Glan Llyn – a residential-led development being delivered by St Modwen. The £1 billion regeneration project is transforming the 600-acre brownfield site and creating a major new vibrant community for South Wales, with a total of 4,000 new homes being delivered alongside community infrastructure and green, open space. For more information, head to

The Mill includes 358 homes for open market sale by Lovell, which have sold out, and 442 homes for rent – which will be managed by Cadwyn Housing Association – for Tirion Homes. The scheme is going ahead with the support of the Welsh Government and financial backing from the Principality Building Society, and is being developed by Tirion Homes in partnership with Lovell. For more details, visit