Giving it some ‘welly’ to support the Wales Air Ambulance

Date published: 23 April 2024

Giving it some ‘welly’ to support the Wales Air Ambulance

A family farm that provides opportunities for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, will be having its name on a castle at this summer’s art trail.   

Wellies Farm and Garden CIC is a not-for-profit registered community project that provides a safe and friendly environment for marginalised and isolated people within the local community.  

Based in Newport, it gives learners the chance to immerse themselves in farming life including interacting and caring for animals, taking part in different farming and gardening/horticulture activities such as arts and crafts, woodwork and mechanics, as well as driving agricultural and construction machinery. 

Wellies, which is run by husband and wife duo Eddie and Elaine Ford, has donated and painted plinths for all the castles at this summer’s Castles in the Sky event. Along with the help from their learners, they will be bolting the forts to the plinths and fixing all the sponsor plaques, before helping to install them around various locations in Swansea prior to the art trail. This generous donation will save the Charity from needing to purchase these pricey items. 

It is not the first time Wellies has been involved in a Wild in Art trail. It has helped out on more than 30 trails across the country, as well as doing the Olympic and Commonwealth Games events.  

Eddie said: “We have been working with Wild in Art for many years and the level of artistic designs has grown so much in that time. The learners love seeing them all come in, the detail on some is fantastic. They enjoy helping with them knowing they are playing a part in the events.” 

Eddie said they were proud to be having a castle in Swansea and plan to visit the city with the learners.  

He said: “We are hoping to attend the Castles in the Sky event in Swansea with the learners so that they can see our name on the castle and see all the other castles that they have with as well as all the plinths that they painted.   

“It is great to support the Wales Air Ambulance as it is a vital service. As we are based on the M4 corridor we see the helicopter passing all the time. It’s an important Charity that we are proud to support.” 


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