Ten years ago, the council were struggling to maintain Cathays cemetery, with very few visitors and the chapel buildings falling in to disrepair. The Catholic chapel had already been knocked down in the 1980s due to safety reasons, and it looked like the two Protestant chapels were soon to follow. It was difficult to justify investment at the site as there was limited local support.
Step in the Friends of Cathays Cemetery! The group showed huge amounts of dedication to the cause, and the restoration of the two remaining chapels at the entrance to the cemetery is nearing completion with new roofs and floors installed, plus disabled access. The Friends Group and the Cardiff Bereavement Services have been working together to ensure the full benefits of this green space are realised by the people of Cardiff, and visitors to the city. The reasons for low visitor numbers has been addressed through guided tours and site information, to help visitors to navigate the large site.
I attended a guided walk around the Heritage Trail with an expert guide, Phil Amphlett, from City of Cardiff Bereavement Services.
Currently, there is also a highly relevant Allotments and Community Gardens Consultation, or the more interesting youth version of the same consultation, which is looking to improve the availability of allotments and community gardens where they are needed, with some interesting potential options. The Government needs support or direction from the consultation, so please read, and if you have a comment, take some time and fill in a response. Responses must be in by 12th October 2014.
The consultation builds on the foundations of making Wales more sustainable, by decreasing our reliance on imported food, but also by improving the nation’s health through growing our own healthy foods. There is great emphasis on allowing local community’s access to land.
Sustainable development is enshrined in the Welsh Government constitution, and the government has worked hard to deliver actions on this promise. The One Wales, One Planet has been a pioneering document that has lead to actions across the board. There have been some seemingly easy wins like the plastic bag charge, which has been extremely simple and effective, but which England are somehow almost failing to implement.
There is also the Sustainable Development Charter, which links to the Well-being of Future Generations Bill, where the government are wanting to start a national debate about our future. You can take part by becoming a Futures Champion.
We have a long way to go, but we have a strong vision, we just need to maintain momentum, and participate!
Helen’s front garden was recommended by Mark and Gruby. The small, terraced garden contains an oak, crab apple, broom, a rescued hydrangea and a pine tree; all grown in large containers.
A set of adjacent gardens had caught my eye for months. Both were filled to the brim with flowers, climbing the walls and lining the street. The paths were always well swept. I’d wanted to know if the neighbours were friends or in competition with each other. Now I’m sitting here, typing this and eating my way through a most delicious bunch of homegrown seedless grapes after meeting a couple of extraordinary gardeners.