AN activity-packed day has been organised at the newly developed Pen y Morfa site in New Dock, Llanelli.
On June 30 Glanymor and Tyisha Environment and Regeneration Action Group (ERAG) in collaboration with Glanymor and Tyisha Communities First held an event for local residents at the newly developed Pen y Morfa Park in Llanelli.
As it has now been a year since the site was developed from a wasteland into a family recreational area, the event was designed for residents of the area to gain tips and advice on how to sustain greener living and how to maintain and upkeep the park for future use.
Nearly 200 people attended the event at Pen y Morfa Park. There were speeches from Llanelli Town Mayor Linda Steadman, Deputy Mayor Hubert Hitchman, Charles Watson, chairperson of the Environment and Regeneration Action Group; Amy Wakefield, Senior Co-ordinator from Communities First Glanymor and Tyisha; and Faye Davies, Link officer from Communities First Glanymor and Tyisha.
The daylong event had activities for all age groups including presentations, workshops and stalls teaching people about sustainable living, environmentally friendly products, recycling, kitchen reusable materials, composting, fly-tipping, hazardous waste, garden projects, land development, energy and water conservation.
There were workshops held for the attendees which included junk sculpture, kite making, Willow weaving and carbon reduction tips. Trysordy held workshop to teach people how to use recycled material for kite making and another workshop for sculpture making by using junk to save landfill sites. Trysordy also held a workshop to teach willow weaving.
The ‘More Green Project’ held a workshop to promote carbon reduction, reduce greenhouse effect, and methods to develop wasteland into useful site to expand environmentally friendly areas. These proved to be popular amongst adults and children in attendance.
Service providers brought a range of stalls including a recycling game, healthy food kebabs and wicker sculpting. The council’s Street Scene department, along with fly-tipping co-ordinator and sustainability efficiency advisor, engaged people by teaching recycling through games by using yellow, green and blue bags. Participants were asked to separate recyclable waste from mixed stuff and tell which waste should go into which bag.
Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) served healthy food kebabs to participants to promote healthy eating. Energy Efficiency Advisor efficiency advisor also brought a Polar Bear to highlight environmental degradation and rising world temperatures. CHES the Bear’s appearance was again an attraction for the children who wanted photos taken with him.
On the day there was also a community skip (supplied by Tidy Towns) in place, gave local residents the chance to dispose of unwanted waste one. This proved popular with households using the facility in the vicinity. It was that popular as it was full within an hour of being on the site and a half tonne of waste was collected including heavy items.Monitoring and Evaluation questionnaires and comments indicated that the event was a big success as judged by the positive comments of all attendees and most of the people were very satisfied with the stalls that were on offer, the food that was provided and the day as a whole. Many local residents stated that they would like events such as this one to take place on a more regular basis.