Monthly Archives: November 2015

New Horticulture Courses For Keen Gardeners And Professionals

Neil Barry is a freelance horticulture trainer who runs gardening related courses in a range of locations in South Wales and further afield. In early 2016 Neil is delivering a series of 8 week courses on a range of gardening related topics including Garden Design, Garden History, Food Growing and Organic Gardening, in both daytime and evening, at different locations in Swansea.

The Environment Centre will host an 8 week Grow it – Eat it! course starting on Thursday 7th January 2016 2pm – 4pm.  From salad crops and herbs to vegetables and fruit, you will learn some basic techniques to grow food that will help you eat better and have less impact on our environment. You will learn about keeping your plants healthy without using chemicals, and designing productive food growing areas whatever the size of your plot. The course costs £70 and booking is essential.

To book or for more information, contact Neil Barry on T. 07808 502527

Full programme list here  Course programme Jan-Mar 2016



New Community Wind Farm Share Offer

Awel Amman Tawe are launching a Share Offer for their community windfarm. The two turbines will generate clean energy, and feed all profits back into community projects in the local area.


Director, Dan McCallum said, “We have set up a Community Benefit Society, Awel Co-op, which will wholly own the wind farm –  –  and we’d like to invite people to invest in it from as little as £50. This will be an opportunity to own some Welsh wind power, take action on climate change and get a return on investment.”


The project has been developed by Awel Aman Tawe, a local charity. Full planning permission is in place for two turbines totalling 4.7 MW on Mynydd y Gwrhyd, about 20 miles north of Swansea.


There is a two week window for this Offer. The Share Offer is open until November 23rd 2015. This will enable investors to claim existing tax relief before it is withdrawn by the government:


  • Due to the timeframe, we are allocating Shares on a first come, first served basis
  • Shares available from £50
  • Projected 7% Rate of Return
  • Our target is £500k – the first £150k may be eligible for SEIS tax relief (50%); and any above that may be eligible for EIS relief (30%)

Click here to download our Share Offer Document  and Application Form.



Dan McCallum, Awel Aman Tawe

76-78 Heol Gwilym

Cwmllynfell SA92GN

01639 830870

07590 848818

Energy Efficiency Drop-in Event

Want to save energy?

Want to save money?

Not sure how?

Come along to a free drop-in session at The Environment Centre Tuesday 17th November 2015 from 10am to 2pm.

Information tables, speak to reps and plenty of giveaways!

Be entered into a free draw to win a mystery prize

The event is organised by Sustainable Swansea



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COP1, 2 and 3 Swansea: climate change discussions, performance and film screenings

Emergence – in association with The Environment Centre presents:


For two weeks in November and December 2015, the world’s leaders will come together in Paris for COP21, a crucial conference to try to achieve a new international agreement on climate change, aiming to keep global warming below 2°C. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are also going to Paris to make their voices heard… but like lots of us who care deeply, we can’t be there. So, we’re bringing it back home.

COP SWANSEA (1, 2 & 3) – Three events combining discussions, creative offerings from local performers, and film screenings. Three opportunities to share our concerns and solutions; to talk about our fears and plan actions; to get better informed about the scale of the challenge and what we can all do to play our part in changing things for the better.


COP2 – Saturday 28th November 14.00 – 20.00

Environment Centre, Pier Street, SA1 1RY

We are very excited to be hosting COP2 at The Environment Centre in conjunction with Emergence. There will be a special screening of The Age of Stupid as part of the event.

Tickets £5 towards covering costs of the events. Please book in advance to secure your place. If you would like to come and are unable to pay please call 07555 984986.

Please bring a picnic lunch. Tea and coffee will be for sale.

We’ll also be collecting for Swansea Food Bank: please bring non-perishable food items to donate.

The Age of Stupid (2009)

The Age of Stupid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects, Brassed Off) as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Director: Franny Armstrong


Come to one, two or all three events to connect with others and make your voice heard.

COP1 will be held at Cinema&Co on Sunday 22nd November 14.00 – 20.00. Click HERE for more information and to book tickets.

COP3 will be held at Volcano Theatre’s Iceland Building on Saturday 5th December 14.00 – 20.00. Click HERE for more information and to book tickets.



Come along to Swansea’s annual Green Fayre!

Swansea’s Green Fayre is back once again and organisers are expecting thousands of visitors to attend the popular event, taking place over the weekend of 21st and 22nd November 2015 at the National Waterfront Museum.
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.
This year the Fayre features the BMW i3, an electric car designed with sustainable mobility in mind. The entire production process for the i3 is completely powered from renewable energies, and 95% of the materials used in its construction are recyclable.
The Green Fayre is organised by the Environment Centre. With a community choir, kids activities and most importantly, FREE entry, the Green Fayre will be a great day out for all the family!

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Digital Streams Photographic Exhibition open

Come and see the Digital Streams Photographic Exhibition at the Environment Centre.

An exploration of the waterways and natural environments around the Townhill and Blaenymaes areas and their surroundings.

The Digital Streams project is a collaboration between Natural Resources Wales and Sustainable Swansea, with help from the Big Lottery Fund.

The project aims to increase people’s awareness of and interaction with their local streams, rivers and waterways through the use of digital photography. Over the course of the project, groups and individuals were invited to take part in a variety of events from short ‘taster’ session through long, more in-depth explorations of their local environment.

The main part of the project took place in the Townhill Wildlife Corridor which runs along the hilltop looking out across the city and Swansea Bay.

The exhibition of over a hundred photos taken by Swansea residents highlights the rich diversity of habitat to be found within a short distance of Swansea’s city centre. It will be open until the end of November!


Dai Power 01792 480200

Please ring in advance of viewing in case the hall is being used