Monthly Archives: October 2015

Celtic Tales-Explore trails and lively tales in Wales

Explore trails and lively tales in Wales with the Celtic Tales App

Celtic Tales is an exciting new leisure App for families. Download the App and discover the tales of captivating history and beguiling fiction while you cycle through beautiful country parks, stunning coastal areas and vibrant urban spaces.

Step 1: select your route. There are six brilliant traffic-free routes to choose from. Cycle at a leisurely pace and you can expect your chosen adventure to last 1-3 hours depending on which route you choose.

Step 2: Choose between ‘history’or ‘mystery’. Pedal back in time on a historical adventure with your very own guide, or join Private Investigator Maxine Hardy to unlock clues and solve mysteries, from spooky ghostly sightings to seemingly impossible thefts.

Step 3: Plan your adventure. The Celtic Tales App has everything you need to plan your day. From bike hire and picnic sites to eateries and attractions, use the App’s local tourist information to find out what you can see and do along each route.

Celtic Tales is available to download for free from Google Play and Apple’s AppStore or find out more:

Drop-in Recycling Event: Thursday 22nd October 10am-12.30pm




Sustainable Swansea and the council’ s Recycling Team are running a Recycling Drop-in event at the Environment Centre.

It is your chance to ask your questions about kerbside recycling or any other aspect of re-use and recycling.

You can even bring your unwanted textiles, clothes and shoes to put in the textiles bank. There will be freebies and coffee and cake available.
Recycling drop in poster

Recipro Wales – a collaboration benefiting communities

A growing network of companies are benefiting from reduced waste bills and carbon savings by donating surplus construction materials to Recipro Wales.

A collaborative project between Constructing Excellence in Wales, Swansea Care and Repair and Recipro-UK, the project enables the construction industry to donate small quantities of unused, surplus construction materials to community groups, schools and social enterprises to access at heavily discounted rates for use in projects – giving useful materials a second chance and avoiding costly disposal.

Construction waste is diverted from landfill and local projects can be accelerated by using good quality materials that don’t cost the earth, so it’s a win-win.

Dawnus Construction have donated small quantities of surplus materials to Recipro Wales, Sam Bains, Site Manager for Dawnus explains “We are keen supporters of the Recipro Wales concept, any materials which can be used and prevented from being downcycled are donated which reduces our waste costs and helps local projects”.

An Eco School in Neath has benefitted from accessing materials which accelerated their gardening project.  Teresa Seymour, Teaching Assistant at Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School clarifies: “Using materials that would have otherwise been disposed of at landfill allows me to introduce the concept of environmental responsibilities while the children are enjoying a practical task and we achieved our goal in a very short time”.

The centre in Swansea has stock of paint and decorating supplies, building materials and storage and plumbing supplies

All not-for-profit projects or enterprises are eligible to use the service and access top quality materials at a fraction of retail costs – there is a quick and easy sign up process which enables browsing of available items, visit

Construction businesses who would like to join the growing network of materials donors should speak to site waste expert Jim Owen on 07913 993 280.

Wild About Gardens Week: 26th October – 1st November

Wild About Gardens is a joint initiative by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts – and this year also involving Hedgehog Street – to encourage people to support local biodiversity in their gardens. This is more important than ever. Two years ago,research compiled by 25 wildlife organisations found that 60 percent of the 3,148 UK animal and plant species assessed have declined in the past 50 years for a range of reasons including loss of habitat. Many of our common garden species – hedgehogs, house sparrows, starlings and common frogs, for example – are becoming much less common. This is where gardeners can make a difference, by making their own gardens and the green spaces in their communities more wildlife friendly.

What can you do?

Find out what you can do in your own garden and download our support resources– including a 13cm x 13cm template for a hedgehog highway hole.

You could also organise or join a Wild About Gardens Week event. Follow#WildAboutGardens on Twitter throughout the week for regular tips on how you can make a difference this autumn. Have a question? Contact us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll do our best to help. From hedgehogs and butterflies to birds and bats; it’s time to join forces and do something to help wildlife in your garden!