Environment Centre Urban Garden Creating A Buzz!

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

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!

Join Us At The Swansea Vegan Festival, 15th July 2017

Swansea Vegan Festival is back for 2017!

Join us at the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday 15th July from 10.30am- 5pm for Swanse Vegfest’s biggest and best event yet. There will be tasty food, cooking demos, sweet treats, health and beauty products, guest speakers, kids area, discussion groups, gifts, animal charities, ethical fashion, plus plenty of other information and inspiration!

The Environment Centre will be having a stall selling vegan cleaning products, food / snacks, bamboo toothbrushes, refillable and reusable products.

£2 Entry, under 12s free

There will be early access for disabled visitors from 10am providing an opportunity to do some shopping before the crowds arrive. For the full stall list and vistor information please visit-www.swanseavegfest.co.uk . See you there!

Environment Centre @ Troublemakers Festival – 14th & 15th July 2017

Come to the Exchange Café and share your views, ideas and take action on the biggest issues facing the planet.

The Environment Centre’s Exchange Café will be popping up at the Volcano Troublemakers Festival on 14th and 15th July, and hosting a discussion about one of the biggest issues the planet faces today….Plastic Pollution!

All troublemakers know about the big problems facing our planet but they also know that by taking small actions collectively we can make a difference. Come and raise your own awareness about plastic, discuss the problems and the solutions and leave having taken a pledge to take a personal action in the battle against plastic pollution, with Sarah Kersey.

 

‘Living without plastic and creating a plastic free Swansea’

At the workshop we’ll be discussing:

– Plastic…the good, the bad and the ugly

– How Swansea is on the ‘front line’ of the battle against plastic pollution

– What are the solutions for a plastic free Swansea

– How we can all make a difference

There will be two workshops over the weekend, free entry:

14.00-16.00 Friday

16.00-18.00 Saturday

For the full Troublemakers programme, visit http://www.volcanotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/troublemakers-programme 

Our Current Appeal: Help Heat Our Hall!

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!

Handmade Journal Workshop, 8th July 2017

Create something beautiful using re-purposed paper and materials! On Saturday 8th July 2017 at The Environment Centre, 10am – 2pm, join Nina Vangerow, experienced mixed media and textile artist, for a workshop showing you how to make your own unique little journal / keepsake notebook. You’ll learn to use saddle stitch with a variety of paper including book pages, magazines, envelopes and other re-purposed paper. The workshop is suitable for beginners, and no previous experience is necessary.
All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along any paper, images from books/magazines, washi tape, fabrics or any other material you might like to include in your notebook.

The cost is £12.50 p/person and booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book, contact Tel. (01792) 480200 or email bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk, card payments accepted, bookings are only accepted with payment in full.

Bike Week 10th – 18th June 2017

“Get on your bike!” It’s Bike Week from 10th – 18th June, and there are lots of cycle related events and activities in Swansea for everyone to get involved in. 

Highlights include:

Wheelrights Cappuccino Rides! Tuesday 13th June (and fortnightly throughout the summer): These gentle sociable rides are mostly on traffic free paths, over short distances and are aimed at new and less confident cyclists (men and women). Meet in the Environment Centre Café, Pier Street, Swansea SA1 1RY at 1pm. The destination and distance will be decided on the day to suit those who turn up, and is also weather dependent.

Tuesday 13th June 7pm at Environment Centre:   “From the Station to the Sea” A Public Meeting to discuss ways of making Swansea High St a place for people, and link with Cycling UK`s  “Space for Cycling” campaign. Speaker Carrie Rhys-Davies (from High St – 2 – Sea project)

Saturday 17th June  11am -2pm  “Family Fun Day” at Bikeability, Dunvant Rugby Club. Bikeability are a leading charity providing bike training up to National Standards  (incl on busy roads). They also give lorry drivers “bike awareness training” and will have a couple of large lorries available for visitors to climb into their cabs, see their blind spots etc Plus BBQ and Dr Bike, all for a donation of £2.50 

For more cycle rides and events visit the Wheelrights event page 

Community Solar Power Share Offer

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/