Prince & Princess of Wales Visit Brynawel Treatment Centre, Pontyclun

The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales has today announced a new collaboration with social enterprise, Life at No.27 to help it scale up its mission to create therapy allotments and gardens that will provide mental health support for communities across South Wales.


To mark the announcement, Their Royal Highnesses visited the site where the first garden will be developed at Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre, near the town of Pontyclun. The project will form the second in a series of ‘community impact’ pilots from The Royal Foundation, designed to leave a lasting legacy in the communities Their Royal Highnesses visit.


The new garden at the Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre will include a collection of allotments where individuals can have their own space to learn and grow their own produce. The Royal Foundation has convened national and local organisations to support the design and build, as well as provide funding, tools, plants, seeds and materials for landscaping.


The allotments and garden are being developed over the coming months and will offer free and low-cost gardening therapy and mental health support sessions for the Centre’s service users and their families. In time, residents from the local and wider community who are experiencing mental ill health, low confidence or isolation will also have access to the garden through GP referrals.


The work to create the Life at No. 27 therapy allotments and garden at Brynawel will take approximately six months to complete. The garden is generously supported by Social Farms & Gardens, Homebase: Growing Responsibly, Egin, Crowdfunder and BA Better World Community Live Match Fund and Bridgend College.