Outdoor Play should, of course be fun, it’s kind of there in the title. But there’s absolutely no reason why that play can’t be fun, educational and purposeful and that’s precisely what they’re hoping to achieve at GLOBAL GARDENS in Cardiff.

Global Gardens Project is a community growing project based in Cardiff which is all about coming together through gardening, cooking and food. Their vision is to create a growing space that supports community-based sharing of food and cultures.

They have an allotment site where they are cultivating an organic kitchen garden, celebrating crops from around the world. The crops grown and then used in the monthly community suppers at the Embassy café at Cathays Community Centre and for other community-shared meals on the last Tuesday of every month.

The work they do is fantastic and in this day and age anything that encourages our kids to get outside and learn about nature, the environment, growing and eating what we produce ourselves, the plant to plate philosophy, has to be a good thing.

Global Gardens work with the Trinity Centre, a space that provides support and outreach for refugees and asylum seekers. Through the shared activities of gardening, cooking and eating our aim is to enable inter-cultural understanding and support community integration, health and well-being.

They were also awarded one of People’s Projects awards! Which has given them the ability to grow more and do more, together.

So, what about these FREE play sessions for the kids? Well actually, it’s a chance for the parents to get involved too. These family-friendly open day’s at Global Gardens will be running throughout the year. They’ll be hosting monthly OUTDOOR PLAY sessions at Global Gardens. The kids (young and old) will learn more and be part of designing the future sessions.

The sessions will include fire lighting, hot chocolate, plant identification, planting and making things with natural materials. We want to stress again that these are very much family sessions. Parents are asked to stay and be with, and hopefully learn alongside their children with the idea that families get involved in the activities together.

The first of these sessions is on Saturday 29th February between 10:30am and 12 noon. It’s actually our free day this years, so even better. It is FREE to join in and will be fantastic fun. To register, go here. GLOBAL

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