Lisa Williams

Following a 17 year career in financial services, I decided to change my career path in 2008 commenced a 3 year HND course in Landscape Construction and Garden Design. After working for a few years as a garden designer, I applied to manage a community garden just outside Cardiff.   Despite no previous experience of working in community gardens, I was offered the job.  Over the next few years, I realised that my passion lay in community food growing and working with volunteers. When my contract came to an end in 2017, I applied to be a Development Worker for Social Farms & Gardens and have been there ever since.

SF&G is a UK wide charity supporting community growing groups, community supported agriculture schemes and care farms.  My role as Coordinator for the Edible Cardiff Network involves connecting all those in Cardiff involved in community food growing as well as food distribution, allotments and wildlife and biodiversity groups and organisations.  I have worked on various projects since joining SF&G including orchards and allotments creation and on the Community Land Advisory Service.


I was a Coordinator on the previous Renew Wales programme for 3 years and worked with a wide range of groups to help them identify actions they can take to tackle climate change and live more sustainably in the future.   My background, skills and experience in food growing and sustainability have really helped me understand how climate change is affecting people and what I can do to help.  I am always keen to learn new things and am expanding my knowledge on permaculture systems, short food supply chains and local food production.

In my personal life, I established a small community garden in my local village in 2016 and still run the garden with a great team of volunteers.  I have had an allotment plot for over 11 years and took on the role of Secretary of my Allotment Association in October 2022.

I am passionate about helping others in areas such as planning, designing and setting up food growing projects, using permaculture methods, rainwater collection systems and composting,  I have extensive knowledge of what is going in in the South Wales area and believe that through knowledge and skills sharing , we can all learn a lot from each other and really make a difference!

Areas covered: South East Wales: Cardiff, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan

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