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Kickstart Your Plastic-Free Lifestyle With Us

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The Environment Centre’s Green Shop has lots of products to help you live a plastic-free lifestyle. Single use plastics are a major global concern, not only are they filling up our bins and landfill sites, they are polluting our countryside, rivers and oceans, they are washing up on our beaches and being consumed by wildlife. Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.

If you want to take action and change your habits, come along to our Green Shop where we have the only Ecover Refill station in Swansea as well as BioD and Suma product refills. We also stock popular Humblebrush bamboo toothbrushes, reusable food wraps, stainless steel straws, food containers, Ecoffee Cups and both reusable and degradable sanitary & hygeine products. Every month we’re looking to increase our range of plastic-free products, so join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to receive new product updates.

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Our Green Shop is open 10 – 4 Mon – Fri, and 10 – 2 on Saturdays. The shop is run by volunteers so not only are you helping the planet, you’re supporting skills and training opportunities for volunteers and supporting a local independent Charity.

Want to do more? There are many charities campaigning for reducing plastic, support them and join the plastic-free revolution!

Surfers Against Sewage Sign up for your free action plan. #JoinTheResistance

Marine Conservation Society For the protection of seas, shores and wildlife.

Greenpeace Microbeads campaign.

Keep Wales Tidy  Green Flag & Blue Flag labels, Eco-schools and Tidy Towns.

 

Environment Centre Urban Garden Creating A Buzz!

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The Environment Centre’s urban garden is a little-known hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the town centre and maritime quarter. It is maintained entirely by volunteers, and our head volunteer gardener, Anca, has put in many hours to acheive a fantastic haven for wildlife and a wonderful relaxing place to sit and have a cuppa.

20245457_1484232998309908_3848580593675977942_nOur garden is so bee friendly, that for the past 2 years we now have a resident population of Tree Bubmlebees at the top of the building in the back garden. You can find out more about Tree Bumblebees here 

 

We also see many birds, butterflies, spiders and other critters out and about.

To demonstrate reuse and recycling, we have exmples of repurposed containers including an old broken Henry vacuum, an unwanted sink and even an old ceramic toilet bowl!

The garden features many attractive, edible and fragrant plants and flowers, including herbs such as thyme, sage, oregano, chives, lemon balm and mint, tayberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, strawberries, lavender, fennel and chamomile. The garden is free and open for everyone to make use of the produce, so drop in a take a look!

Sustainable Swansea: Green Spaces Photo Competition

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Fancy winning a £25 book token? 
Sustainable Swansea, a project of Swansea Environmental Forum, have launched a new photo competition. Simply get out and explore any of the many amazing sites on the new Swansea Green Spaces map, it could be anything from scenery, views, flowers, trees, wildlife or anything else you find there – it’s up to you!

The competition is open to all regardless of photographic ability, to enter send an email to dai@environmentcentre.org.uk with your best snap showing what the place means to you!

To get a copy of the map you can call in to the Environment Centre for a paper copy or to get a pdf to view on your computer, click here

The competition closes on 31st August 2017, one entry per person. For more information visit www.sustainableswansea.net

Happy snapping!

Our Current Appeal: Help Heat Our Hall!

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The Environment Centre is currently raising money to replace the heating system in the hall. If you’re a regular user of the Centre, you’ll know that our heating system is old, inefficient and in desperate need of replacing! It may be warm now but Autumn and Winter will soon be upon us, as a small charity we do not have the funds to undertake such a large project, which is why we have launched this appeal.

Lots of local community groups and charities regularly use our hall including Swansea Carers Centre, Wheelrights, Swansea Organic Gardening Group, Swansea Friends of the Earth, Bikeability, The More Green Project, Women 4 Resources, Sustrans, RSPB, Swansea Ramblers, Oxfam, NCT, Barnardos, Helping Groups To Grow, and many more. It is used for training sessions, talks, board meetings, courses, meditation, tai chi, and film showings. We would love to provide a warm and welcoming meeting space for our users.

If you can help, please make a donation via our Local Giving page . We have already raised over £800 to date (07/07/17) however there’s a long way to go! We can also accept donations over the phone or by dropping money in in person.

Thanks for your support!

Community Solar Power Share Offer

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Having carefully nurtured the project from concept since 2014, Gower Regeneration secured a £1m loan from Welsh Government to build a solar farm in Swansea by the end of March 2017.

With a proven track record of putting assets into community ownership, they are offering you a chance to co-own a solar farm that is already in operation! 

Offering a 5% annual interest payment, and a forecast surplus of over £500k to support other social enterprises in the local area, they invite you to join them on this fantastic journey. The share offer has been extended to 28th July 2017, and so far they have received over £600k investment.

To invest or find out more about the project, visit http://regengower.co.uk/ 

 

New Swansea Green Spaces Map From Sustainable Swansea

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Sustainable Swansea have produced a brand new Swansea Green Spaces Map, the latest of a series of Green Maps that they have produced over the past 12 years. The map shows some of the many amazing green spaces in and around the Swansea area, from nature reserves to small community parks, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Some of the places will be well known but they hope too, that you will find many sites that you haven’t heard of before.

You can pick up a paper copy from the Environment Centre, download the PDF from the Sustainable Swansea website,  or there is an online version on the Open Green Map website.
In the online version you can find more sites that couldn’t fit on the printed map, and also the opportunity to comment on your visits. Sustainable Swansea would like to find out what you think about Swansea’s green spaces, so be sure to leave a message on the website.

Paper copies will also soon be available in museums, cafes, housing offices, community centres and lots of other venues around Swansea. So get yours now in time for summer and get exploring!

A catalogue of all the previous Swansea Green Maps can be found here , including maps for Central Swansea, Penderry, St Thomas & Port Tennant, Gower, Pontarddulais and Morriston.

Sustainable Swansea is a project of Swansea Environmental Forum and have an office in the Environment Centre building. Contact Dai or Delyth on (01792) 480200 if you’d like more information.

2017 Environmental Events Leaflet Out Now!

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The 2017 Environmental Events leaflet is out now, jam packed with events in Swansea covering April – December. This year the booklet is in a slightly bigger A5 format to include the information in both Welsh and English. Paper copies of the booklet can be picked up from the Environment Centre 10 – 4 Mon – Fri, or 10 – 2 Saturdays, or at other tourist locations across the county, or you can visit this link to view the online version.

The booklet provides well over 200 events taking place in and around Swansea including guided walks, cycle rides, workshops, training courses, childrens activities, festivals and events such as our annual Green Fayre.  There really is something for everyone!

The Environmental Events booklet is produced by the City and County of Swansea’s Nature Conservation Team with funding from the Welsh Government Single Revenue Grant.

 

Volunteering Opportunities At The Environment Centre – Do You Have Some Spare Time?!

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The Environment Centre has a fantastic team of volunteers who help run the Green Shop and cafe, we currently have vacancies on Fridays and Saturdays. Do you have spare time to volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to learn customer service skills, learn hygiene and service skills, find out about different eco-friendly products and local groups, and meet and greet different people every day in a friendly local charity. We offer volunteer opportunities to a wide range of people including people looking for a job, people on a work break, part-time workers, students, or retired people. We provide training and regular meet-ups with the other volunteers.

If you’re interested please contact Anita Houten T. (01792) 480200 or email education@environmentcentre.org.uk