Monthly Archives: March 2015

Come join the party: The Environment Centre is Twenty Years Old!

In 1995 a group of local volunteers and environmental professionals achieved an amazing feat, they opened Wales’  first environment centre.

Now twenty years later we are still going strong!

Discovery! Saturday 11th April 11am-3pm

at the Environment Centre, Pier St, Swansea SA1 1RY

On Saturday April 11th from 11am to 3pm the staff and volunteers of the Environment Centre are putting on a very special event so everyone can find out about what exactly it is we do and offer, and what has made us so successful.

Discovery!  An invitation to come and explore, will include children’s activities, a quiz, EC20 exhibition – the Centre’s special anniversary exhibition, art workshops, short films and homemade cakes.   A day of discovery for all the family. FREE entry!

Quotes wanted: If you are not able to attend perhaps you could give us a quote? We are building a Word Cloud to sum up the impact the Centre has had on people over the years. You can do this by simply emailing us back a sentence for inclusion.

The event poster can be downloaded below:

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Your help with spreading the word will be very much appreciated.



Open Forum on Waste in Swansea and Wales

Recycling rates in Swansea and across Wales have increased rapidly over the past decade and the waste sent to landfill has dropped, but how will the momentum be kept up?

Swansea Environmental Forum presents an evening of talks and open discussion on this topic at7pm on Monday 23rd March at The Environment Centre.

Progress on the Welsh strategy Towards Zero Waste is the theme for this FREE Swansea Environmental Forum event.

The Head of Waste Management in Swansea and Head of Waste Strategy for the Welsh Government will both provide updates followed by questions and discussion.

A poster is available at

Light, Airy Office Space for Rent at the Centre

Looking for office space in SA1, close to Swansea city centre?

Maybe we can help?

The Environment Centre has furnished office space available now!

You can rent a desk or whole office according to availability

Rent for a whole office is just £225 a month, which includes gas, water and electric on an initial 6 month contract.


We are a local environmental charity, which works to support local people to put the environment first.

We have a visitor centre with a Green Shop, Coffee Shop and Eco Info Hub, meeting spaces to hire, plus a colour photocopier and other administrative services.


You will be based in an environmentally conscious building with renewable energy systems and eco facilities.


Environmental or community minded organisations and businesses welcome.


For more information contact Phoebe on or 01792 480200


The Environment Centre Charity no. 1039378


For pictures, see the poster HERE

Defiance Ride: Easter Monday 6th April 2015

On Easter Monday in 1885, a momentous event took place in south west Wales. For the very first time, a modern, chain-driven bicycle was ridden all the way from Glanaman in the Amman Valley to Swansea and back. No-one had seen anything like it before, and thousands of people came out to line the route to see the strange machine pass by.

The bicycle was manufactured by William and Arthur Williams who had set up in business founding the Defiance Cycle Works at their farm, Gelli Fawnen, overlooking Glanaman in the Amman Valley. This was the first – and only – cycle manufacturing company ever in Wales.

Easter Monday in 1885 was on the 6th April, and Easter Monday 2015 is once more on the 6th April. So we are celebrating the 130th anniversary to the day of this unique piece of history by organising a ride from Gelli Fawnen Farm to Swansea and back, retracing as much as possible the original route taken by Arthur Williams on his historic ride.

The ride is approximately 36 miles in total and is a Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) event. It is not a sportive, or a race, but a touring ride to be enjoyed at leisure on a mix of roads, quiet country lanes and traffic-free cycle paths. You can even do the ride in period costume – if you wish!

The entry fee is £15. This includes lunch and free bottled water. A commemorative mug will also be presented to all participants
All proceeds after expenses will be donated to “Hafan Dementia Care, Glanaman”. If you would like to raise extra money for Hafan Dementia Care by sponsorship you can. Book and find out more at

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015: 23rd February to 8th March

Members of Swansea Fair Trade Forum have put together an exciting programme of events for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight. Events include coffee mornings, tea parties, walks and a seminar. FT14 will then culminate in a celebration event at the National Waterfront Museum. Download the programme HERE


Swansea is celebrating 20 years of Fairtrade Fortnight!
Over the past 20 years, together we’ve made the Fairtrade mark the biggest and best known ethical label in the UK. But we know there is still a long way to go to make all trade fair – just 1.2% of cocoa and less than 10% of tea globally is traded on Fairtrade terms.
This Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 the spotlight will be on the producers who grow the products we love, especially cocoa, sugar, and tea growers. By sharing their stories, we can show the dramatic difference that choosing Fairtrade makes.

During Fairtrade Fortnight the forum and its members are putting on a range of local events. Many events are FREE and with such a wide selection, there will be something for everyone!