Thanks to support from the charity Trees for Cities, Cardiff Civic Society has planted 5o new trees in the city. Cardiff Council carried out the work of digging the holes, and provided tree supports. Species to be planted include lime, beech, holm oak, and hawthorn. CCS's Canopy Caerdydd/Canopy Cardiff project is ongoing, so roll on more trees next year.
Cardiff has lost 34 hectares of trees in recent years. Cardiff Civic Society is trying to address this with its urban tree planting project - Canopy Caerdydd - to be launched at The Gate Arts Centre on October 6. Renowned urban tree expect, Cambridge-based Keith Sacre, will be giving a talk on the importance of urban tree cover for our health and well-being, and to carry out important functions such as absorbing air pollution, providing oxygen, and soaking up excess water falling rainstorms.
Celebrate your local park during Love Parks Week – July 15-24.
The Love Parks charity is running its 10th Love Parks Week – aimed at raising awareness of the importance of parks, gardens and other urban green spaces.
Love Parks' manager Anthea Thomas said, “We are really excited about the hundreds of events that are being organised all around the country to celebrate Love Parks Week, and it’s even more special as we mark the tenth year of Love Parks Week. It’s a time to really celebrate our wonderful parks and it’s great to be able to highlight them as a free and easily accessible resource for people to use to keep fit and healthy. We would like to thank all the community groups, councils and members of the public who have embraced and supported the Love Parks campaign.”
Find out more about events, and Love Parks ongoing work by looking up www.loveparks.org.
Balaclava Road in Penylan, Cardiff celebrated its latest Big Lunch with a great street party involving everyone in the road, from small children to the oldest resident in the street.
Organiser, Elizabeth Williams, commented that the annual get-together had created a strong community atmosphere, with everyone in Balaclava Road looking out for one another. She also said that the older residents in the road commented that a much more neighbourly spirit had sprung up since the street parties began, several years ago.
The Big Lunch is the brainchild of the Eden Project, supported by the Big Lottery, with the aim of breaking down social isolation and generating a community spirit.
It's certainly worked in Balaclava Road.