Monthly Archives: May 2015

Still time to have your say at community consultation events

Do you have views about the natural environment and how it is managed? Have your say at one of a series of community consultation events taking place in May and June.
The aim is to capture the opinions of local people and groups about how best to manage natural resources in the River Tawe Catchment area from the Brecon Beacons to Swansea Bay.

Each evening session will provide an opportunity to raise concerns and suggest ideas about the future of your local environment.

The next three community evenings are as follows:
3rd June 6.30–8.30pm, Crymlyn Bog Visitor Centre
5th June: 6.30–8.30pm, Ostreme Centre, Mumbles
10th June: 6.30–8.30pm, Vetch Community Garden or Salvation Army

Light refreshments and snacks will be served at each event. If you are interested in attending one of these events, please email Lea Halborg at stating which event and whether you will be representing a local group.

If you can’t make one of these events, you might like to take part in a short online survey at

Finally, SEF will be holding a full-day conference on Tuesday June 30th at the Liberty Stadium which will bring together politicians, professionals and community organisations from throughout the area to discuss these issues in greater detail. If you think you may be interested, mark it in your diary and look out for further details.

Community Energy in Swansea and Wales SEF Seminar

The next SEF evening seminar event, will focus on Community Energy projects.

The speakers are all experienced community renewables developers – so come along and find out how it can be done!




7pm, Monday 15th June 2015

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

What does community energy mean for you and your organisation?

Hear from existing projects

Details of financial support available and how to connect to the grid

Presentations will be short snappy and engaging

Explore the next steps for setting up a project

This is free and no pre-booking is required – just pop it in your diary.

It is taking place during Sustainable Energy Week, along with the next Low Carbon Swansea event.

Green and Fair – Invite to conference in Bristol 4th-5th July 2015

Bristol is European Green Capital in 2015; the 9th International Fair Trade Towns Conference will focus on being green and being fair – how Fair Trade works to protect the environment, works with farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change and supports sustainable food production.

The Vision To demonstrate how Fair Trade is an important part of local and global sustainability plans and commitments, leading to increased Fair Trade purchasing around the world.

Demonstrating the strong relationship between Fair Trade and the green agenda, some of the key leaders in the movement, alongside a Fairtrade Gold miner from Africa, will provide new insights into how Fair Trade works to protect the environment.  This includes support provided to farmers to enable them to adapt to the effects of climate change and develop sustainable farming methods, as well as analysis of the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Conference will model the highest standards of sustainability; the venue has cutting-edge environmentally friendly credentials, public transport will be used whenever possible and all food and drink will be sourced ethically.

The majority of those attending are likely to come from Europe, with the US, Japan and Brazil amongst the wider emerging Fairtrade markets expected to be represented.

Bristol and South West Fairtrade Coordinator, Jenny Foster, said: ‘The 9th International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Bristol will be the best yet. As well as Bristol being the 2015 European Green Capital, it’s also our 10 Year Anniversary as a Fairtrade City. We can’t wait to welcome Fairtrade supporters from around the world to explore the importance of the fair and green agenda.‘

To find out more and book your place at the International Fairtrade Conference on 4th &5th July and the Green Capital Day event on 3rd July, visit!2015-conference/c1i05 

PS Do you fancy walking there! Phil Broadhurst is leading a band of campaigners on an epic walk from Ammanford – Wales first Fairtrade Town, to the conference!
You dont have to walk all the way of course and it is hoped campaigners in the places they pass through will feed you and put you up for the night! Contact him at