NATUREWISE Community Forest Garden is holding an open day at its new Parc Teifi site.

The forest garden will be officially opened by Cardigan mayor Cllr Shan Williams on Saturday, July 13 at 1pm and the event will run until 5pm.

Everyone is invited to visit and enjoy a tour of the five-acre site, on the edge of Parc Teifi business park past the police station, and there will be activities and games for children and families.

The land has been transferred to Naturewise Community Interest Company by the Welsh

Government in a community asset transfer for the benefit of the community and Naturewise is keen for people and groups to be involved.

Welsh Government was impressed with the Naturewise forest garden in St Dogmaels that was looking for a permanent site, the involvement of local schools and the local community and wanted to support the work which reflect the principles of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act.

The forest garden will eventually be full of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes and ground cover plants like herbs and strawberries.

It will provide food you can pick yourself, as well as providing a wildlife habitat and will be a wonderful place for local people to enjoy. Planting will take place this winter.

The new community hub building at the site is a beautiful roundhouse built of natural materials by Ty Pren. This fantastic building has been funded by the Cardigan Ecoshop, also managed by Naturewise, and thanks are due to the work of the many volunteers there.

Around 60 children from Cardigan Primary School will be going to the garden for outdoor

learning sessions from September.

Teacher Ceris Jones said: “We at Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi are all looking forward to work with the forest school in their lovely new surroundings here in Cardigan.

“It is an excellent opportunity for the pupils to learn in the great outdoors, learn about the different plants and animals that live in such a habitat. This will be of great benefit to all pupils and a different approach to learning new things. We can’t wait.”

The forest school sessions are thanks to a National Lottery Wales grant which will also fund community involvement days, the open day and planting days in the winter.