Cast your mind back to 2017. It might seem like a distant memory for lots of us, but it was an incredibly important year for charity Farms for City Children and its site in rural Pembrokeshire. They won £50,000 worth of building materials from us to help transform a barn on the site into an educational farm shop, to help disadvantaged children learn more about life in the countryside. Fast forward to 2021 and we’re so happy to report that the shop is now up and running!
So where did it all begin with this project on the site at Lower Treginnis? Well back in 2016, local carpenter, Christopher James, was working on the farm and spotted an opportunity to expand, by transforming a disused barn into the shop. The idea was that the space would serve as a packing station, where children could weigh, collect and pack all the produce they had harvested on the farm at the start of their stay.
Although the vision was clear, what was needed was funding to help turn the plans into reality. Christopher had heard of support that was available from Jewson for charities and community projects, and so decided to nominate the farm shop plans. And you might have guessed by now, they won!
The farm shop was actually completed last year, but sadly the opening ceremony had to be delayed as a result of the pandemic. After a long wait, the doors were finally opened in November 2021. The team was joined by representatives from C James Carpentry and Joinery, staff from their local Jewson branch, children from Selwyn Primary School, St David’s Mayor and Counsellor Allan York.
At Jewson we absolutely love supporting worthy projects like this one that add value to communities across the country. There’s no question that Farms for City Children does brilliant work and we’re delighted that their prize has now been brought to life with this addition to the site. We just know it’s going to be a huge hit!
Anyone wanting to buy produce from the farm can find out more by visiting the Peninsula Producers Food Hub. And to find out more about how Jewson has helped other worthy causes, click here.