First Community Growing Licence

Monmouthshire County Council has granted its first licence to a resident to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs on council-owned land just twelve months after approving its Community Food Growing policy.  The licence grants Alison Newsam of Abergavenny the right to cultivate the St Helen’s Road Incredible Edible plot, where with the help of neighbours Alison has transformed an area of overgrown shrubs into an area supporting pollinating plants to sustain insects plus tomatoes, runner beans, rhubarb and strawberries.  All produce is offered free to anyone who wants to harvest them.  More licences are expected elsewhere in the county.  Further information on the Community Food Growing policy may be obtained by contacting Sustainability and Community Officer Alison Howard: or 01633 644844.