Grow Organic

food as it should be

Organic. It's a word you'll see a lot on our menus and in our food shops. 15% of all UK organic producers are registered in Wales, as it happens. And organic food doesn't just taste better. It's better for you, too. Buying organic food direct from the producer helps support local economies. And low food miles means you're helping to reduce pollution, too. But it doesn't stop at food. You can book an organic holiday. Visit www.organicwales.com or www.organic.aber.ac.uk to find out more.

wales in bloom

bursting out all over

Wales in Bloom is fast making Wales an even more beautiful place to be. Towns, villages, schools and businesses are awarded for things like sustainable planting and floral displays. Last year Colwyn Bay picked up a Silver Gilt Medal Large Town Trophy and Minffordd Caravan Park picked up a 1st in their category for the 5th year. Wales in Bloom also run the Neighbourhood Awards. A non-competitive award designed to motivate communities into making their neighbourhoods greener. Talk about people power. Visit www.walesinbloom.org.uk

outdoor art

get creative in the garden

Our gardens aren't just places to enjoy plants and trees. They're great spaces, too. Huge open air galleries. With no walls. No size constraints. Like Parc Glynllifon, where you can literally reach out and touch the outdoor sculpture. Or Bodnant Garden and Plas Newydd, where you can catch an outdoor theatre performance. No stuffy auditoriums here though. These are different. Natural amphitheatres. But unlike indoor venues, it's best to take an umbrella.

garden art, betws y coed

The capital of unusual antique and contemporary garden statuary, Garden Art near Betws y Coed is also home to the world's largest hedge maze. At 2 acres it's bigger than the previous record-holder at Longleat, and features an archway that's bigger than the laburnum tunnel at Bodnant. Visit www.gardenartdirect.co.uk

simon o'rourke tree carving

Simon O'Rourke takes art to a whole new level of danger. Talk about living on the edge. Once upon a time he was a children's book illustrator. Now he swings from ropes, chainsaw in hand, and carves sculptures from trees. His chainsaw exploits have taken him all over