Clynfyw Care Farm, a beloved refuge and community center for individuals with disabilities and mental health issues, is now up for sale after being owned by the Lewis-Bowen family for over three decades. Nestled in the picturesque county of Pembrokeshire, this farm has been a sanctuary for ten residents who receive supported accommodation and offers a welcoming space for day visitors to partake in a range of engaging activities such as gardening, cooking, and crafts. Despite their decision to sell, the Lewis-Bowen family remains committed to preserving the farm as a vital community hub, aiming to raise £550,000 through a community share offer.
Hywel Davies, a resident of Clynfyw Care Farm for the past ten years, expressed his deep contentment with his life there. He takes pride in the meaningful work he undertakes, including grass cutting, waste disposal, and charcoal production. Moreover, his personal success in selling 11,000 bottles of apple juice last year has brought him immense joy. Gwen Evans, a regular visitor to the farm, also shared her positive experiences, highlighting how participating in lunch preparation has bolstered her confidence and independence. Gillian Howells, who visits twice a week, relishes the opportunity to make candles alongside her friends.
Manager Jim Bowen stressed the crucial importance of securing the farm’s future within the community, acknowledging the unique challenges faced in the present times. With approximately 10% of the required funds already raised by local supporters, the Lewis-Bowen family is hopeful that the community share offer will garner the necessary financial backing. Originally slated to close in October, the share offer has been extended until January 2024 to allow more time for contributions. Bowen expressed his optimism, stating his hope that people from all across Wales will be willing to contribute and help sustain the farm’s invaluable mission.
Bowen also shared his concerns about the farm’s future, particularly regarding what will happen once he and his family are no longer able to oversee its operations. He acknowledged the uncertainty that comes with a rapidly changing world, exemplified by the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the pressing climate crisis. Nevertheless, he firmly believes that by transforming the farm into a community endeavor, they can continue to make a positive impact, even if it is on a smaller scale.