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Swansea city centre ‘parklet’ signposts way to greener future

A mini pop-up park in Swansea city centre now features new information panels to point towards the way ahead as the world tackles climate change.

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Swansea parklet information boards

Installed last summer, between the St Mary’s and St David’s churches, the facility – known as a “parklet” – is visited by thousands of people every week.

Its new panels explain why it’s important to encourage local biodiversity as the world tackles climate change and the nature emergency.

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Council cabinet member David Hopkins said: “Our major city centre developments – including the forthcoming improved Castle Square Gardens – reflect our aim for a greener and more biodiverse city.

“This temporary pop-up points the way for city centre biodiversity. It’s influencing other key projects and is being used to trial a wide variety of pollinator-friendly plants and nature-based solutions.”

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The installation was created by the council in partnership with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the Welsh Government’s Local Places for Nature Challenge Fund.

It features more than 40 wooden planters with integral seating themed around a variety of natural ecosystems, including wild meadows, cliffs and dunes, and natural hedgerows. There are two green-roof bicycle shelters where the roofs create habitat, capture rain water and divert it from the drainage system.

The council says the parklet demonstrates that native species and plants regularly found in urban gardens are attractive, encourage pollinators and provide habitat. They look different as the seasons change and provide year-round support for butterflies, bees and other insects, providing food and shelter from flowers to berries.

New signs at the pop-up park. Pic: Swansea Council
New signs at the pop-up park.
(Image: Swansea Council)
New signs at the pop-up park. (Image:Swansea Council)
New signs at the pop-up park.
(Image: Swansea Council)
The temporary pop-up park at the city centre development site Swansea Central North. (Image: Swansea Council)
The temporary pop-up park at the city centre development site Swansea Central North.
(Image: Swansea Council)

Once the Swansea Central North location is developed as part of the council’s £1bn city centre regeneration programme, the pop-up’s greenery will be relocated elsewhere in Swansea.

NRW’s Hamish Orborn said: “The information panels help people see how bringing nature into the city doesn’t just make it a much nicer place to be; it’s good for wildlife, works to reduce pollution and flooding and helps reduce and protect us from climate change.”

Cllr Hopkins added: “Swansea’s natural environment is outstanding, making up over 80% of the county’s land area.

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“Its diversity of landscapes and habitats make it one of the UK’s most attractive and ecologically rich counties.

“We want to make it even better as we regenerate the city centre, help improve people’s health and well-being, and help tackle climate change and the nature emergency.”

The new panels were funded – through Welsh Government – by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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  1. Robert

    11th April 2023 at 12:43 pm

    Waste of money

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