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Four Canton businesses that give back

Journalist Ben Newman explores four sustainable businesses on the west side of town.

Cardiff, in our (sort of) biased view, is full of businesses that give back to the city, community, and the entire cultural fabric of the Welsh capital. From cafés to corner shops, many of the people and businesses of Cardiff are charitable and utilitarian, so to celebrate that, we’ve collated four Canton-based business that have been giving back in a big way recently.

Hey Clay! At Cardiff Pottery Workshops

Everyone, at some point in their lives, has said to themselves that they want to try pottery “one day”. Who knows what it is that attracts so many people to ceramics, but for some reason, the discipline feels oddly impenetrable, reserved for arty types and the creatively-inclined. However, Hey Clay!, an event at Cardiff Pottery Workshops, is an attempt to bridge the gap between ceramics and the people. Essentially, the event is a free lesson to allow anyone, especially those who are disabled, to have a chance at pottery and learn a thing or two. Hey Clay! is a Crafts Council national celebration of clay which aims to give people across the UK the chance to unleash their inner potter, so Cardiff Pottery Workshops deserve commendation for providing an insight into a tough industry that’s open for anyone.

Bee & Honey

Just off Cowbridge Road, in the heart of Canton, you’ll find Bee & Honey, a café that, on the surface, looks like a quaint place to eat. However, under the surface, Bee & Honey provides some of the best food in Cardiff, as well as acting as a support for other businesses in Cardiff. You’ll only find Bee & Honey goods here, but goods from other Cardiff-based businesses, including Canton Tea Co. and Riverside Sourdough. Additionally, the café has recently staged meditation lessons, diversifying its appeal beyond cuisine. Bee & Honey are an example that businesses in Cardiff, however small, do their best to support their neighbours financially and mindfully, as well as making a pretty banging dish along the way.

Lufkins Coffee

Lufkin Coffee is a little hard to find, located down a small alley near the Co-Op in Pontcanna (where they have the Pipes Beer Festival). It joins a cluster of local, wonderfully small business (Canna Deli, etc.) The owners along with the rest of the staff are always open for conversation, lending to the comfortable and pastoral feel of the entire business. After recently hosting a small ceramics exhibition for Frances Lufkin, a student at Cardiff Met, the business has showed that its small location has a wide reach. However, this is not the reason why this small café is on the list. Lufkin deserves this place, quite simply, because of the quality of its roasted coffee beans and product. It’s not the only the best quality coffee in Cardiff, but it’s also, according to Brian’s Coffee Spot, one of the best roasters in the entire United Kingdom. It may not be flashy, but Lufkin has all that’s needed to succeed as a community coffee shop: excellent coffee, even better conversation, and a cruelty-free product.

Green City Events/Green Squirrel

This one may be cheating (a little bit) as they’re not strictly Canton-based, but they deserve a mention anyway! Green Squirrel, as part of Green City Events, brings together a myriad of different practices underpinned by an environmentally-friendly ethos. Essentially, these events range from Wasteless Kitchens, which involves the cooking of food with no waste, to food foraging, to carpentry and yarn spinning. By bringing together the multiple skills of Cardiff-based professionals and tutors, the events help form links between vastly different businesses in the city. The skilled local tutors teach practical sustainable living skills that benefit people and communities, and bring rural and traditional skills to the heart of Cardiff. Loads more info can be found on the Green Squirrel workshops page, with events that span the entirety of the city. Green Squirrel not only give back to Cardiff communities, but to nature.


Love Your Clothes Swap Shop – looking for volunteers

The wonderful folks at Green City Events are putting on another mega clothes swap at the end of October. They’re looking for volunteers to help out in the run up. Do you have a couple of hours you could spare? Want to meet some super lovely people and feel smug about doing your bit to keep down landfill?

Here’s how you can help!


Weds 5th October 6-7pm – Community meeting at Plasnewydd community centre to share ideas about the event and get locals involved. Clothes Swap Community Meeting event Facebook event

Mon 24th – Fri 28th October 5-7.30pm – Evening drop offs at the shipping container outside Plasnewydd community centre. Collect clothes and give out swap shop tokens.

Friday 28th October 4pm onwards – Afternoon/eve of setting up the event. This is usually lots of fun and we feed you pizza! Plus we let you pick a few items.

Saturday 29th October 9.30am-5pm– Main event at Plasnewydd Community centre. We don’t expect you to be able to stay all day but if you can that’s great!

They are also looking for people that have some clothes fixing skills, basic sewing and like a bit of upcycling to help out and run some drop in workshops on the day so let them know if you have any of those skills to share!

More information:

Green City website
Green City Facebook
@greencityevents Twitter


Cardiff’s pedal powered outdoor film festival, 4-5 September – tickets just £1!

After the success of the Shelley Gardens Community Food Festival and the Exchange In Roath clothes swap, Green City Events and Cynefin Cardiff have teamed up with a number of local businesses and community organisations to host Cardiff’s first Pedal-Powered Outdoor Film Festival. Woo!

pedal powered film festival 2015

Volunteers will be using their cycling skills to bring classic family friendly films and international comedies to Plasnewydd Community Centre, so you can sit back and enjoy an eco-friendly summer film outdoors in the fresh air.

On Friday 4 September there will be a screening of 80s Czech comedy Slunce, Seno A Pár Facek, which follows the story of a self-centred king who comes to learn the error of his ways when he tries to measure how much each of his three daughters loves him. This will be followed on Saturday 5 September by a matinee screening of Disney classicThe Lion King and an evening screening of Cool Runnings – the ultimate family-friendly underdog comedy that was inspired by the true story of Jamaica’s first bobsleigh team.

pedal powered film festival 2015

It isn’t just about the films, however, as local Jamaican street food aficionados Jerk It will be serving up some tasty Caribbean treats during the screening.

“We love to support local businesses at our events and this is just another example” explains Green City Event’s Becca Clark, “plus I popped in there today and the food looked great! It’s really going to add to the atmosphere of the event!”

Look out for some other exciting surprises and announcements coming soon including a competition to win VIP seat upgrades including free food!

The best part of the film festival is that tickets are only £1 for each screening. This means you can see a film and not only feel good about supporting local communities and encouraging eco-friendly events, but also leave happy knowing that you haven’t burnt a hole in your pocket.


Tickets: £1 per person. You can buy tickets from Green City Events or inside Plasnewydd Community Centre.

Location: Plasnewydd Community Centre, Shakespeare Street CF24 3ES

Friday 4 September, 7pm.

*(indoor screening)
Saturday 5 September, 1pm

Saturday 5 September, 7pm
(this screening will have Jamaican street food provided by Jerk It)

pedal powered film festival 2015

Green City Events

Cynefin Cardiff 


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Shelley Gardens Community Food Festival, Cardiff – 21 June 2015

Get thee along to the next Food Festival in Shelley Gardens, on 21 June 2015!

flyer for shelley gardens food festival 2015

The BEST Local food stalls, including:

    • Lia’s Kitchen Pie shop
    • Nata & Co Portuguese pastries
    • Mezza Luna Lebanese platters
    • Frankie’s Italian pizza & Calzones
    • MADE veggie burgers & juice shots
    • Penylan pantry beautiful, ethically sourced Welsh produce
    • Inner City Pickle locally made chutneys, preserves and treats
    • and more TBC…and teas, coffees in the gorgeous community garden of course.

All our food stalls will be selling cheap taster portions of their dishes (under £2!) so they are super affordable, and if you are greedy like me you can try a little something from everyone!


  • Live music from local youth acts, Cardiff Ukeleles, Stainless Steve, plus special guests
  • Circus workshops and performance
  • Hula hoop demo & flash mob
  • Belly dancing
  • Spit & Sawdust skate ramps
  • Pedal powered fun
  • Meet the chickens


Money & food saving tips from Love Food Hate waste
The art (& science!) of home composting with Helen Reardon
Dolma wrapping demo with Lia’s Kitchen
Understanding bees, their threats & value with Pollen8
and more TBC


Saturday 21 June 2015
12 – 4 pm Shelley Gardens Plasnewydd ~ City road
behind The Poets corner pub

contact: foodfest@greencityevents.co.uk


Stondinau bwyd lleol blasus

Gweithdai bwyd a demo
Cerddoriaeth fyw ~ hwyl syrcas a gemau
peintio wynebau ~ yr emporiwm pedal ~ a mwy

12 – 4yp Gerddi Shelley Plasnewydd ~ Heol City
y tu ôl i dafarn Poet’s Corner

Shelley Gardens Facebook event

Green City Events


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Adamsdown, how does your garden grow?

Adamsdown is one of the only parts of Cardiff that has its own city garden, run through a project called Edible Adamsdown. We sent photographer Lorna Cabble along to take some snaps at their first community meeting of 2015.





Edible Adamsdown is a project that aims to regenerate and re-open Adamsdown Community garden and pass back ownership to local community members – that could mean YOU! This beautiful little garden is hidden away behind Adamsdown resource centre on Moira terrace and boasts raised beds, a pond, tonnes herbs, a grapevine and a living willow structure.

Some words from Rebecca Clarke, who runs Green City (who run the garden):

“We were thrilled to have more than 30 community members join our ‘How will your garden grow’ event last Sunday. The sun was shining, the tea was flowing and our friends and neighbours came bearing chocolate cupcakes and tasty snacks.

“It was great to see lots of new faces, some of whom have lived in the area for many years and had no idea this garden existed – it’s always so lovely to see their reactions as they discover this little green space.

“Hannah from Free Range learning hosted the workshop for us – the aim was to get to know each other and find out a bit about what each of us would like to see happen in the garden. But this was far from a boring meeting – we kicked off with a seed matching game and then interviewed our seed partners to get to know a bit about them. Other activities and games involved creating a skill tree, a snowball fight (just paper – no real snow!) and discovering and discussing our ideas and priorities for the garden. This was all complimented by lots of tea, cake and conversation.

“It was such a positive start to the project for the new year and with 4 more events before the end of March, including urban chicken keeping, composting and wormeries and a small garden skill share, I think this garden will be teeming with plants and activity this year! Bring on the Spring!”







The garden was initially opened in September 2014, for a fix up event and party, inviting locals to join in and earn timecredits and get involved in this growing project.


















Photographer Lorna Cabble enjoyed her time in the community garden: “My time photographing this event was really pleasant, I was surprised by the amount of people that turned up to discuss the community garden, and how much enthusiasm was showed by a range of different cultures and ages. It was really nice to see a community coming together and getting to know each other through a shared passion. Discussions took place and plans were made for future meetings.”



View upcoming events including composting and vermiculture, community chicken keeping and small garden skill share workshops: Adamsdown Community Garden Events.

This lovely little green space was cleverly designed by Michele Fitzsimmons of Edible Landscaping who leads the Green City wild food foraging walks.

Get in touch with Green City or visit the Edible Adamsdown Facebook group to keep updated.


Lorna Cabble is a photojournalism student at the University of South Wales, currently living in Cardiff.

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Made in Roath – The Roath Exchange!

On Saturday, as part of Made In Roath, Green City Events and Cynefin Cardiff put their heads together and invited people to drop off their unwanted goods for a giant local swap shop! There were also workshops to screenprint designs on plain t shirts and also sew embellishments on your accessories.

Photographer Stephen Meredith went down to The Gate to capture the carnage on camera.
















Here’s a little bit about Stephen:

My name is Stephen Kai Meredith, and I’m currently studying Photojournalism at the University of South Wales. I moved to Wales a month ago from Nuneaton in the West Midlands and I’m currently living in Caerleon in Newport. I have been mainly interested in shooting bands as I enjoy live events. I am certainly excited to start exploring Cardiff and digging in the wonders its people hold. I’m also looking forwards to building confidence and knowledge in myself from my course here.

Stephen Meredith Website | Twitter @StevePhotoJ_USW

Made In Roath
Green City Events
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