Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bryn y Don: The little Park with BIG ideas

The sky was the limit earlier this month at an extraordinary event in a local school and park, when over 100 people -parents and children- turned out to explore the wonderful world of the stars in our galaxy.

Natural Resources Wales collaborated with local park group Friends of Brynydon park and Communities First,to bring a star-themed focus day to Mayhill and surrounding areas.

The day started with a visit to an indoor star-gazing dome in Seaview school hall. The huge dome hosted over 100 visitors throughout the day, and you could hear a pin drop as enthralled children watched the planets and constellations surround them. The school also offered a range of fun activities in different classrooms, with willow star making, paper star designing, alien creations, robot designing amongst the highlights. School staff gave up their weekend to support the event as the culmination of several weeks’ focused work on the theme of the stars, tailored to all ages from nursery to year 6, and there was lots of evidence of effective learning around the school, and in children’s responses.

As the afternoon drew to a close, the team from Come Outside (one of the projects of Natural Resources Wales) led a geocache walk down from Seaview to Brynydon park, through a path which takes a direct route down to the little park which is growing in popularity and diversity. The children were delighted to be able to track and find clues enroute with their GPS trackers.

At the park PCSOs and local Councillors David Phillips, Sybil Crouch and Fiona Gordon made sure there were welcome hot drinks and snacks available, as the weather was pretty wintry! This didn’t stop families enjoying the fantastic view, and with the benefit of
binoculars and telescopes from Come Outside, even more could be seen.

Whilst the night was a bit cloudy, the moon looked amazing close up, and as darkness fell and deepened, the solar-powered star-path glowed. This was the inspiration for the event: the first in Wales to generate low-level light in a sustainable, natural way.

Membership to the friends is free if you are interested contact Roy Kneath

Swansea City Centre Strategic Framework Review Consultation

The City and County of Swansea is undertaking a public consultation exercise on the draft Swansea City Centre Strategic Framework Review.

The aim of the Review is to make the City Centre a real destination where people want to live, work, visit and to act as an exemplar of the new approach to regeneration post recession. A current and relevant Strategic Framework for the City Centre is also essential to guide future new development and investment, and provide a robust evidence base on which to plan future regeneration.


Further information and copies of the draft document can be viewed on line at

Your comments on this document are important to us and we would be grateful if you would respond by emailing your comments to the following email address business@swansea, or by sending them in writing to the address below:

Head of Economic Regeneration and Planning, Room 2.7.1, City and County of Swansea, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN


If you require any additional information about this survey or require an alternative format, please email business@swansea, Your comments are required by March 31st 2015.

Tawe User and Accessibility Study

As part of Swansea Environmental Forum’s Clear Streams Initiative a survey is being made of the accessibility and use of the River Tawe. The aim is to understand how the River Tawe is used and the barriers affecting its communities. Please find below a link to the survey, it would be very useful to gain as much information as possible from you. The information we gain from this survey will be going directly to Natural Resources Wales, and will help inform management plans in the future.

Even if you do not use the River Tawe it is important to understand the views of those people who may not use this natural resource as well as those of you who do.

Link to the survey:

Come to a Fairtrade Tea Party and Film Showing!

Wednesday 25th Febraury 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Tickets £4, includes hot drink and cake!

Please book in advance by emailing

or telephoning 01792 480200

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we have been fortunate enough to be offered the use of Swansea’s Mansion House. We will be using the mayor of Swansea’s official residence to hold a Fairtrade Tea Party.

The event will start at 5.30pm and run until 7.30pm, so you can call in on the way home from work!

There will be fairtrade tea and coffee, homemade cakes and samples on offer. We will also be running a fairtrade quiz an holding Swansea’s first showing of the Fairtrade Foundation’s new film – Fairtrade Matters.

Fairtrade Matters is an evocative and thought-provoking short film, offers a glimpse into the lives of just two of the farmers and workers at the heart of Fairtrade.
Join Edson and Tsala to see the difference Fairtrade makes for them, their families and communities, and the challenges they face in a poignant portrait of the everyday reality of life behind the tea we drink. With the cinematic landscapes of rural southern Malawi never far away, this captivating, moving and sometimes stark film touches on the universal themes that affect us all – from providing for our children to planning for an uncertain future.

You can download a flyer HERE To find out about other Faitrade Fortnight events vist Swansea Fair Trade forum’s website  HERE