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Local children learn green lessons during half-term

Local children learn green lessons during half-term

Carl Gough (left) celebrates the completion of the bug hotel with Abderdulais Dreamscheme children Our Neath-based community project - the Aberdulais Dreamscheme has held half-term workshops to educate local children on the environment. The 2-day, fun filled activity event on 29-30 May aimed to teach children and young people about the environment, local wildlife and working on the community garden.

Set up in 2007, Aberdulais Dreamscheme is a community based project working with children and young people to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the local community. The project arranges local jobs such as litter-picking and fence painting, where the children can earn points to be spent on day trips taking place in the school holidays.

Throughout the two day event the children were encouraged to get their hands dirty, working on the community garden to plant seedlings. Their green fingers were then put to the test with an environmental workshop by special guest Carl Gough, from Connection Storytelling and Workshops. Carl took the children on a woodland tour to learn about Food Chains and encouraging more local wildlife into the community garden, and helped the children to build an impressive bug hotel.

Speaking of the event, Carl Gough says, “It was a really enjoyable day and a wonderful bunch of kids. I understand why (Dreamscheme) got an award for the scheme”. Aberdulais Dreamscheme were awarded a Highly Commended at the Neath Port Talbot Environment Awards 2012 in the Green Project of the Year Category, highlighting the rolling success of the community based project.

Planting seedlings in the Aberdulais Dreamscheme award winning community garden Our Community Development Officer, Amanda Roberts organised the event and says “The half term activities were a real success; the children loved the workshops with Carl and really learnt a lot about wildlife and the environment. The community garden is in wonderful shape and the children are looking forward to building a plastic bottle greenhouse and cooking what they’ve grown for their annual community Tea Party during the summer and the chance to earn more points for exciting trips”.