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NEW Swansea Growing Spaces Green Map

Sustainable Swansea have produced a first edition of the online Swansea Growing Spaces green map, aiming to give people an idea of the wide range of different growing opportunities there are in the area. It includes places you can go for help and inspiration for starting on your own, and projects where you may like to grow in a community setting with others.
Growing your own plants or fruit and veg means that you get to control the quality of what you eat and, of course, the cost. It has other benefits too – working in a garden involves getting outside and exercising in the fresh air and will be of benefit to the environment, especially if the land was derelict or previously unused.

To view the online map click here or dowload a PDF here



Kickstart Your Plastic-Free Lifestyle With Us

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.


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.


New Swansea Green Spaces Map From Sustainable Swansea

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.

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.



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!