Monthly Archives: September 2015

Find out about the NRW Tawe Trails at SEF’s AGM: 7pm 12th October

The Swansea Environmental Forum Annual General Meeting will take place at the Environment Centre at 7pm on Monday 12th October 2015.

The AGM business will be followed by presentations and discussion:


The NRW Tawe Trial projects

The trial was devised by Natural Resources Wales to find out how an ecosystems approach for managing our natural resources could be implemented. This approach will mean that resources will be managed in a way that enhances the health of the environment, whilst also providing better benefits for society and businesses.

At the AGM you will be able to find out what was discovered and how it is going to influence NRW and Welsh Government.

You can access the papers for the AGM on their website

Gearing Up For The Green Fayre, 21st & 22nd November 2015

The Green Fayre is back once again and we’re expecting thousands of visitors to attend our popular event, taking place over the weekend of 21st and 22nd November 2015 at the National Waterfront Museum. UPDATE: Stall list now online
The Green Fayre is a truly unique shopping experience with the environment and ethics at its heart. Visitors can expect to discover fresh tasty local produce and talented craftspeople offering green festive gifts, and be inspired by local volunteer projects and campaign groups alongside experts offering top tips on how to live more sustainably.
There will be over 70 stalls including Organic and Fairtrade products, local woodcraft, upcycled clothes and accessories, renewable energy and energy saving advice, local honey and preserves, local artists, vegetarian and vegan food, green voluntary groups and local campaigns and much more.
The Green Fayre is an Environment Centre event, and we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2015. We’d love everyone to come along and celebrate this huge achievement with us, it’s a mark of how important the environment and sustainability still is to the Swansea community.
With a community choir, kids activities and most importantly, FREE entry, the Green Fayre will be a great day out for all the family!
For more information go to and the Facebook page will be regularly updated with news and information:

Posters are available for printing below…

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Join Sustainable Swansea for a litter pick: Wednesday 23rd September

Sustainable Swansea are organising a walk/ litter pick as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Be Tidy’ campaign.
They’re meeting here at the Environment Centre at 10am on Wednesday 23rd Sept and will walk for about an hour around the marina and onto the beach.
All welcome and equipment will be provided.
We’ll go back to the Centre at the end for a well-earned cup of tea or coffee.

More about Sustainable Swansea at

More about Be Tidy! at

Jenny is leaving for pastures new after 13 years – Could you be our new Centre Manager?

Our current Centre Manager, Jenny Edwards has been with us for over thirteen yeas, but she is now off to pasture’s new, so we now have a vacancy at the top.

Here is the advert and the link to the Job Description and Person Specification:



Environment Centre Manager

The Environment Centre has, for the last twenty years, been working to help make South West Wales an environmentally sustainable region, where the natural environment is valued and protected.

Could you be the experienced and enthusiastic person we need to lead the organisation as we seek to improve the capacity of the environmental sector and empower local people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles?

Working with the Board of Trustees, your role will be to drive the Centre’s development and manage both staff and projects on a day-to-day basis. This vacancy would suit someone with experience of charity management and partnership working, who has a passion for sustainability and the environment.

A full job description and person specification are available by clicking below: 

Centre Manager Job Description and Person Specification

Applications are invited by way of a CV and a covering letter. The covering letter should refer to the job description and say how previous experience/current skills make you ideal for the role. Clearly label your application with the job reference CM.

Please email these to or send by post to Recruitment, The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea, SA1 1RY.

Closing date for applications: 12noon, Friday 9th October 2015

Interviews are scheduled for 20th October, with a preferred start date in November 2015.

New Course: Organic Food Growing

Starting on October 22nd 2015, experienced horticultural lecturer Neil Barry will be running an eight week course on Organic Food Growing at The Environment Centre. It will run on Thursdays, 2pm-4pm.

As well as learning new skills, these classes are an opportunity to meet other people with a shared interest, to develop confidence and to do something different in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Classes will be a mixture of practical activities and some theory work. Other than an interest in the topic, no prior knowledge is required.

Neil says “I promise that you will be eating something you have grown from seed by the end of the course! Learn about growing food in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.” The course will result in a Nationally recognised qualification (Agored Cymru/OCN) on completion.

Course Cost: £160.

About your lecturerMy name is Neil Barry, originally from County Cork in Ireland and now living near Swansea. I trained at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, am Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) qualified and have many years’ experience as a horticulture lecturer, assessor and verifier, most recently at Neath Port Talbot College for eight years. I have also worked at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and elsewhere. I want to share my skills and passion for plants to inspire others to enjoy gardening, either as a relaxing hobby, to produce food, for employment or other reasons.

Neil is also running an Introduction to Garden Design – Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Ostreme Centre, Mumbles.   Learn about the principles of garden design with the opportunity to create your own design. Non accredited certificate on completion. Cost: £95.

Want training or a talk for your organisation/group? Please get in touch.


For more information or to enrol, please get in touch with Neil by e-mail to or Tel. 07808502527



The Paris to Swansea Story & the Environment Centre AGM: 7pm Monday October 5th 2015

The Environment Centre is in its twentieth year, so this year’s Annual General Meeting will be extra special!

Our team of intreprid EC20 Paris to Swansea Cyclists will be telling us the story of their adventurous 450 mile journey.

The AGM  is also a great event to come to if you are interested in finding out what we do altogether.

If you want to get more involved there is also the chance to become a trustee – please talk to Jenny beforehand about what is involved and how to get nominated. More information and official invite will be available soon.

Papers for the meeting

AGM Letter 2015

Nomination Form 2015

Board of Trustees 2015

AGM Agenda 21


Swansea Friends of the Earth present the film “Home” By Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

“Home” traces the impact of man on planet earth from the earliest times until the current crisis we are facing.

“Planet Earth is critically ill but another future is possible if we all decide to write it together.”

An inspiring, visually stunning, thought provoking film.


Followed by a discussion on the “Road to Paris” climate change negotiations at the end of the year which will impact on us and future generations.

Monday 21st September 2015 at 7.30pm at the Environment Centre.