Festival fun to celebrate Vetch Veg
SWANSEA City’s former home at the Vetch was the place to be for good ideas over the weekend.
The Sandfields site was transformed into an arts space for a three-day festival of music and creativity — and fruit and veg.
To celebrate the first year of the Vetch Veg scheme — which has seen part of the former football ground converted into a communal vegetable garden — the community was invited to the first “Sandfields Festival of Ideas” event.
As well as looking back on the success of the grow-your-own scheme, the Vetch fest was also a chance to look to the future of the site.
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Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “The Vetch Veg project has been an outstanding success story since its inception — it shows what can be achieved with strong community spirit on an historic site that may otherwise have lain completely empty. But what’s important now is to celebrate what’s been achieved so far while looking forward to how the site and new shed can be used in coming months.”
Among the events at the festival were yoga demonstrations, live music, a Bangladeshi feast, talks and workshops, and photographs, memories and archive sound recordings of the Swans at the Vetch.
Councillor Bradley said he hoped the festival would “spark the imagination” of residents.
After Swansea City left the Vetch in 2005 for their new home at the Liberty, the stadium was demolished — but the long-term future of the site remains in doubt. The recession has meant a lack of interest from developers, while Sandfields residents have called for the creation of community facilities on the site.