Engaging lessons on bees, butterflies, wildflowers and worms have left almost 300 school children across Blaen-y-Maes, Cadle, and Portmead buzzing with excitement thanks to housing association, Pobl Group.
Children and parents in schools across areas in the Penderi Regeneration area of Swansea, which encompasses Blaen-y-maes, Portmead, Penplas, and Cadle, have been taking part in interactive lessons with Swansea Community Farm as part of Pobl’s Penderi Green Regeneration Project.
The project aims to positively transform the lives of people living in Penderi with initiatives including the regeneration of its green spaces and supporting environmentally friendly activities and businesses.
During the sessions, which have been running since May, children from nursery class through to years 3 and 4 along with their parents, grandparents and carers, have learned about the lifecycles of bees, butterflies and worms and their importance to the environment .
They have even had the chance to taste honey, make beeswax wraps and wax candles, create butterfly feeders, plant native wildflowers and learn the bee ‘waggle dance’.
Kate Gibbs manager at Swansea Community Farm said they were thrilled to have engaged with so many children and parents as part of this initiative.
She said: “It’s been fantastic to get the chance to go into schools across Penderi and teach so many children about the vital minibeasts and wildflowers that have an impact on their eco-system every day. Education is a really important part of looking after nature and helping it recover.
“Both pupils and parents have told us that they have loved the sessions and we have thoroughly enjoyed encouraging new mini environmentalists. This has been a really exciting and engaging way for everyone to learn about their natural environment, and if they enjoyed this, we’d urge them to visit us at Swansea Community Farm to learn about how we look after nature there too.
“We’re delighted to have run this as part of the Penderi Green Regeneration Project, which has been so fantastic at highlighting the wonderful green spaces and habitat we have right here in Penderi. It was particularly exciting that by the end, all the young people made beeswax wraps to wrap their sandwiches in every day instead of cling film.”
Kate McCabe, Community Development Facilitator for Pobl, said the activities were an important step in engaging the community in sustainability and their natural environment.
She said: “We are delighted that so many people across Penderi found these activities so valuable and enjoyable.
“Sharing fun activities with children and their families to learn about the natural world and sustainability is a big part of the Penderi Green Regeneration Project, so this was a really important part of our initiative.
“The fantastic work that Swansea Community Farm has delivered in Penderi has really started to build an enthusiasm among families to look after the amazing green spaces in the area, and also learn more to protect it now and for future generations.”
The Penderi Green Regeneration Project is funded by UK Government through the Community Renewal Fund (CRF). The school sessions were also supported by the Project’s partners Swansea Environment Centre, Room To Grow, and Swansea Council as well as Swansea Community Farm.
Entrepreneurs urged to attend major Swansea networking breakfast￼
Entrepreneurs and budding businesspeople from Blaen-y-maes, Portmead, Penplas, and Cadle are set to get expert advice on securing “professional success and sustainability” at a major Swansea networking event next week.
The Penderi Business Breakfast, which will take place on Wednesday May 25th, is open to small business owners, and those looking to set up a business, from each of these areas collectively known as Penderi.
Attendees to the event, which will take place at Venue no1 on Carmarthen Road from 8am, will get the opportunity to meet likeminded industry experts and receive vital industry support, information, and funding advice.
The event being run by not-for-profit housing association Pobl’s Penderi Green Regeneration project, will feature speakers from Focus Futures, Room to Grow, and Swansea Environment Centre. The regeneration project is aiming to positively transform the lives of people living in Penderi, with initiatives including regeneration of its green spaces, and supporting environmentally friendly business growth.
Advice and support around growing a more sustainable business will be discussed by speakers at the event.
Lisa Brown, Economy and Enterprise Lead at Pobl, said she was delighted to be bringing together some of Swansea’s most influential business experts with a host of exciting new entrepreneurs for this event.
She said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this major networking event, which will unite likeminded businesspeople and budding entrepreneurs from across the city.
“We believe the event will be hugely beneficial for start-ups looking for crucial advice and support, and to enable them to make vital professional connections as they begin to navigate the business world.
“Our speakers will also be sharing vital advice on how to make your business more environmentally friendly and sustainable as it grows, which will be particularly exciting and informative for those in attendance.
“We would like to thank Focus Futures, Room to Grow, and Swansea Environment Centre for taking part in the event and for generously lending their support to the regeneration project.
“We would urge anyone who is interested in attending to register as soon as possible.”
Attendees will have access to parking and will also be treated to breakfast while they network.
Pobl’s Penderi Green Regeneration Project aims to support local people in Penderi and transform their lives by improving green spaces, education, new and existing homes, health and wellbeing, community, economy and enterprise, and energy and decarbonisation.
Funded by UK Government, under the Community Renewal Fund (CRF), Pobl Group is able to deliver the Project with the help of key partners, Swansea Environment Centre, Room To Grow and the Conservation Team at Swansea Council.
To register your interest in attending email Lisa Brown at email@example.com
Lead image: left to right) Councillor Andrea Lewis, Joint Deputy Leader-Cabinet Member for Climate Change & Service Transformation; Kate Tiernan, Summit Good; Mark Barber, Swansea City Council Biodiversity Officer; Kate Gibbs, Swansea Community Farm; Kate Davies, Orchard Project, Coeden Fach; Kate McCabe, Pobl. (Image: Pobl)
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