Getting Wild in the garden

Barry Uniting Church’s new garden set to give nature a helping hand

Barry Uniting Church has been awarded a new garden package by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

They are one of the first organisations in the country to benefit from this year’s Local Places for Nature scheme.

Barry Uniting Church will be creating a wildlife garden at their new building, The Bridge Between Community Centre in Barry Waterfront. All the plants, tools and materials are being provided for free by Keep Wales Tidy.

Rev Catherine Brobbey from Barry Uniting Church said:

“We are grateful to Keep Wales Tidy for the garden package.  As a church, we are committed to caring for our environment.  The creation of the wildlife garden is our way of encouraging and sustaining the biodiversity on our doorstep and providing an attractive, natural place which our local community can share and enjoy.”

Last year, more than 500 small gardens across Wales were created, restored and enhanced. Community groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes got involved – from disability charities and youth groups to social enterprises and carer groups.

Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said:

“Over the last twelve months, more people than ever have come to appreciate the value of nature on their doorstep, but urgent action must be taken to reverse its decline.

“We’re delighted that Barry Uniting Church now has the opportunity to make a real difference through Local Places for Nature. We hope other communities will be inspired to get involved.”

The initiative is part of a wider Welsh Government ‘Local Places for Nature’ fund committed to creating, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.

Hundreds of free garden packages are available. To apply, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website 

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