Local Places for Nature
Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council created welcoming, accessible green spaces in residential areas of the town. These include:
- a community orchard planted with native fruit trees and bushes
- a children’s eco play park
- a community sensory and mindfulness garden
- community growing spaces
Native plant and wildflower species were chosen carefully to boost biodiversity and attract pollinators such as birds, bees and small mammals. Signage was created for a nature trail to connect the four spaces.
Serving community need and improving local people’s wellbeing was also crucial to the project. The community and schoolchildren contributed their ideas of what they wanted the green spaces to be used for, and local people contributed over 550 volunteer hours to bring the plans to life.
The Community Development Officer at Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council said: “The sites have had a huge positive impact on our community, and as they mature they will only grow in style and community engagement.
"In public consultation surveys completed during the project, 100% of people asked were pleased with the work carried out, many wishing to volunteer themselves towards the upkeep of the sites.”
One resident living near the community orchard said: “The idea of having a community orchard near our home is amazing.
"I have a baby and a toddler, and my little boy has watched the site develop from the overgrown unsuitable park into the orchard. He can’t wait to see the trees grow and to spend time as a family picking the fruit and coming home to cook with it.”
This project was supported through the Local Places for Nature scheme, funded by the Welsh Government.