Monthly Archives: October 2014

You Are Here / Rydych Chi Yma project

The Strategic Framework Review for Swansea City Centre is being redrafted. The Review, which will affect the way our city centre looks for the next 15 years, has been commissioned by the Council and is being prepared by DTZ – a London based company. Rhizome Collective, a Swansea based group of creative entrepreneurs have been commissioned by Swansea City Council to create the You Are Here / Rydych Chi Yma project to act as a platform for conversation and creative consultation using Council owned empty shops.

YAH/RCHY is charged with engaging the public in a creative conversation about the city centre. They are seeking to unlock ideas with potential that will feed directly into the Strategic Framework Review.

So far they’ve been bowled over by the public’s responses and ideas! Over thelast week or so they have been in Union stret, but will be opening a pop-up shop and other sites over the next month. Download their flyer  HERE

To find out where they will be check for updates on their website at or Facebook – youarehereswansea and Twitter @yahswansea  #youarehereswansea

Invitation to Designated Landscape Workshop

The Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales is reviewing Wales’ National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Welsh Government wants to ensure that our designated landscapes are equipped to meet current and future challenges and that they become international exemplars for sustainability.


The review will be undertaken in two stages. During this first stage the review panel want your thoughts on:
1. The purpose of designated landscapes, and,
2. Whether there should be a single designation of protected landscape in Wales.

They want to listen to the views of people connected with Wales’ designated landscapes – the residents, communities, businesses and users. This will allow them to have a deeper understanding of the issues than we will see in the written evidence.
They are therefore inviting people to provide their views at a workshop fat the West Glamorgan Guide Centre, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EQ on the 10th November between 6pm and 9pm. Refreshments will be available.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP to Sarah Gilder by email or by phone 01743 891192.

Gower Power Coop News

Cae Tan CSA

Gower Power is to launch its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme called Cae Tan in November. CSA has been proven to be a successful way of sharing the risks of farming between communities and farmers. As well as provide affordable local organic produce, Cae Tan will also provide people with the opportunity of being involved in various activities on the land.

Find out more about introductory talks and drop in sessions listed on our website.

Gower Power AGM

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 19th November at 8pm – where you can hear about the progress we made in our first year and plans for the future, including a talk from Tom O’Kane who will be leading the Community Supported Agriculture development. Open to members only or anyone wishing to become a member (costs £1) – Venue TBC… check website for details.


Come and work at the Environment Centre!

The Clear Streams initiative is very excited to announce that they are looking fora  new team member, who will be working on the River Tawe catchment. The project examines the recreational links that people throughout the catchment have with their river. You will need to be available for an immediate start and able to hit the ground running! For more information please visit

Dive in to our Rich New Information Portal

One of the main missions at the Environment Centre is to educate and inform people in the public. Therefore a part of our online re-branding initiative we have completely redesigned our website.  One of the new features on our site is the interactive and immersive information portal. This resource is rich with online resources on all topics of interest, from climate change and recycling to fairtrade and nature. Use this resource to find out about local groups, watch videos and documentaries about the latest discoveries and learn new skills.The Information portal is designed to be simple and easy to use, to access the portal use the link along the main top bar on the website. When in our information portal you will be presented by a series of icons, each of these represent one of the areas we provide information about. Simply click on one of these and you will be taken to the relevant page. On these pages you will find videos to watch and a collection of different website resources.infoThis resource is maintained by the staff at the Environment Centre and if you have a suggestion of a video or website that should be added to it then please contact us. You can contact us via our contact from on our website and state “Information Portal” at the start of your message.For more information about our website, how to get the most out of it and how we designed it, and other projects at the centre please join our blog at

Survey: What do people value in the Welsh landscape?

As part of the European funding for rural Wales, the Glastir suite of agri-environment schemes pays landowners and farmers to manage their land to protect and enhance the environment. One of the main aims is to protect and enhance the landscapes of Wales.

Included in the monitoring and evaluation of the schemes  is a research group investigating what it is people value in the welsh landscape. To this end they have developed an interactive survey for people to participate in to assess various landscapes and tell them what they like. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and the more people they can involve, the better, so please feel free to circulate this too!

The questionnaire is at:

Students To Transform the Environment Centre

A group of six second year students studying Photography in the Arts at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are working together to produce a site specific project, here at the Environment Centre. We are very excited and can not wait to see how they choose to transform us!

 Each student is creating an individual installation exploring the relationship between art, culture and history. The exhibition will be a fusion of the students experiences of the space, researching the past and present, imprints of history and current activity. Over two days the exhibition welcomes the public to reflect on the atmosphere and connotations of the site. The exhibition will take place over two days on the Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th November, between 10am and 4pm.StudentArtistsAs part of the site specific project the students are to promote the exhibition. So look out for their posters and fliers and keep up to date with their blog at

One thing is for sure it will NOT be business as usual! So why not come along and take a look.


Centre Garden – October

The Environment Centre’s Garden

 Welcome to the latest of our column on our garden! These reports are complied by Tim Woodall. They are full of tips for use in your own garden.

 With the onset of autumn growing outside really is coming to an end now. It’s time to finish harvesting and start storing any crops you grow. This includes potatoes, onions and marrows as well as apples.  Many of these will store well in a cool shed as long as they are secure against rodents. Remember too that once we get frosts many annuals will die, including any tomatoes and peppers that you have growing outside. It is also time now for collecting seeds for next year. But do ensure they are well developed and dry or they will mould. If necessary spread them out on a tray to let them air a bit longer. 


This is also a good time to prepare for winter. If it is dry it’s worth grabbing the opportunity to cut the lawn before it gets too damp or frosty to cut.  Trim back any hedges, prune trees and other large branches, cut back dead raspberries and tie in new branches too.  Remember to keep small ponds free of leaves as they start to fall as they can make them  stagnant as they decompose. Some plants that survive from year to year (perennials) can start dominating areas. Some can simply be dug up, divided and replanted to keep them to size. In fact many will tend to separate themselves in this manner anyway, and so as long as they have roots with vigour they will survive this. Rhubarb is a good example, where the “crowns” can be separated and in if you have the space replanted.  






It is also worth reviewing your growing and considering plans for next year. Which crops worked well and which did not? New seeds can also often be bought cheaply at this time of year, because they have expiry dates and the stores are restocking.


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