Discover your community with a Green Map
Have you picked up one of Sustainable Swansea’s Green Maps yet? The team based at the centre have produced a number of Green Maps for the community.
We asked Delyth Higgins, member of Sustainable Swansea Team, to tell us more about this unique mapping system in which Swansea is leading the way. Here’s what she told us…
Locally-led green map projects create perspective-changing community experiences which can act as a means for decision-making and action.
Mapmakers use universal icons teamed with local knowledge to enter sites which show green living, ecological, social and cultural resources. For example, sites where you can recycle, green spaces and wildlife sites, places to buy local or organic food or fair trade products and also community centres, libraries and so on.
Sustainable Swansea has been at the forefront of green mapping in Wales and has published 13 maps. These range from themed maps, such as the Faith map and Alternative Transport map, to community maps for areas such as Penlan, Gower, Pontarddulais, St. Thomas and Port Tennant, Morriston, and now, the latest one is for Central Swansea.
The team engages with local people and groups to see what entries they think should be on the map for their community as they have the local knowledge. The purpose is;
- To map the resources in the area
- To increase community awareness
- To inspire collective action and help people to be more active in their community
- To help with regeneration and increase pride
- To highlight good and recognise not so good sites
As a result, the Sustainable Swansea Team hopes that both the mapmaking process and the resulting printed map helps raise awareness of local resources and motivates people to become more involved in their local community.
The Green Map® System has been promoting sustainable community development since 1995 and promotes inclusive participation worldwide, using mapmaking as the medium. The movement has spread to over 845 cities, towns and villages in 65 countries.
Copies of the Central Swansea green map are available from many places around the city centre including musuems, cafes, shops, YMCA, SCVS, Community Centres and of course at the Environment Centre.