Crunch time as community orchard receives surprise news

Watch the incredible reaction when the National Lottery Community Fund surprised Hanes Llandoch with news that their £247,000 grant application for a People’s Orchard was successful.

Communications manager Ben Payne and funding officer Owen Jones posed as an independent film crew before springing the Surprise Lottery Letter on Nia Siggins from the group.

It was delivered at the BBC award-winning St Dogmaels Market in Pembrokeshire where Hanes Llandoch has a stall.

Now the group will use the grant from our People and Places programme to run a community engagement, education and training project through environmental and rural craftwork.

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Hanes Llandoch

This will see the planting of the community orchard in St Dogmaels – some 1,000 trees grown throughout the area on ground provided by the community or other bodies.

It will provide training, education and engagement opportunities about the environment and the area’s history, whilst also improving the natural landscape. And around 500 people and 70 organisations are set to benefit.

Workshops for volunteers and beneficiaries will cover things like gardening, first aid training, minibus training, entomological workshops for older children and training for beehive volunteers.

These opportunities will be promoted through a rolling programme of talks and seminars, using the expertise of other organisations.

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