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Swansea families invited to attend a host of eco-friendly activities during school summer holidays

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Wand making, woodland wellbeing sessions, and outdoor art classes are just some of the environmentally friendly activities on offer to Swansea families over the summer holidays thanks to housing association Pobl.

More than 16 free activity days are taking place for children and parents from July 21st to September 1st as part of Pobl’s Penderi Green Regeneration Project.

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The events, which are being arranged by the project’s partner the Environment Centre , are aiming to encourage families to get outdoors and get creative during the school break.

The sessions will begin with a print making and art class led by local artist Mary Hayman at Blaen-y-Maes Drop in Centre on July 21st. As part of the Art For All class, artists of all ages are encouraged to create drawings and collages of the fresh fruit and vegetables being grown at the centre from 3.30pm to 5pm. The art classes will return to the Drop in Centre on July 28th, August 4th, 18th and 25th.

Families can also unleash their craft skills in Cadle Mill from July 25th, with charity Small Woods Wales leading ActifWoods Woodland and Wellbeing sessions from 10.30am to 1pm.

As part of the activities families will get the chance to create woodland crafts, explore the outdoors, and take part in wellbeing activities together in the fresh air. Sessions will also run on August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

And Forest School sessions with Carys Lovering are taking place in Blaen-y-Maes from August 3rd, with families being shown how to create willow crafts, wands and necklaces by whittling, wool crafts, natural prints and also enjoying nature-based games. The sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm, with further classes on August 10th, 18th, 24th and September 1st.

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The sessions are being run as part of housing association Pobl’s Penderi Green Regeneration Project, which aims to positively transform the lives of people living in the Cadle, Blaen-y-Maes, Penplas, and Portmead areas, collectively know as the Penderi Regeneration area.

The project is focussing on the regeneration of Penderi’s green spaces and supporting environmentally friendly activities and businesses.

Kate McCabe, Community Development Facilitator for Pobl, said: “The Environment Centre is really making a positive difference here in Penderi, and this is just the latest fantastic initiative aimed at encouraging families to enjoy their outdoor spaces.

“These sessions are a great opportunity for the community to try out different activities that support both people and nature to thrive. It’s all about encouraging the community to care for the natural environment and for us all to realise that we need quality green spaces for our own wellbeing, as well as understanding how important it is for us all to look after nature now for future generations.”

Matt White, project officer at the Environment Centre, said they were excited to be delivering a series of activities encouraging families to enjoy the outdoors together this summer.

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He said: “This programme of free activities will be fun for everyone who takes part this summer holidays, and we’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy!

“Not only will it give families a chance to try something different, such as craft making and art, it will also give them a chance to explore some of the beautiful green spaces throughout our area.

“Families will get the chance to make some really lovely memories as part of these activities, so don’t miss out!”

The Penderi Green Regeneration Project is funded by UK Government through the Community Renewal Fund (CRF). The sessions are being supported by the project’s partners Swansea Environment Centre, Room To Grow, Swansea Council and Swansea Community Farm.

For activities at Cadle Mill meet at Cadle Mill Road, SA5 4PA off Pentregethin Road (Cadle entrance to Penllegaer Valley Woods).

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