New Wildlife Garden at Pontarddulais Fire Station

Nature lovers will appreciate the new wildlife garden that has been built and planted at Pontarddulais Fire Station, which has been created with the help from local primary school children.

Since 2020 the leading Welsh environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy has been offering communities across the country a chance to revamp and transform their local areas with free garden packages.

The idea is to transform an unloved area into a garden that will benefit both nature and the local area. Eager to improve an empty space at Pontarddulais Station, our Sustainability Manager Jessica Millard took the initiative to apply for one of these garden packages and get involved.

The aim of the project is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community, with the main purpose of the wildlife garden bring a community together by getting more people involved in volunteering and of course, connect them with nature.

On February 21st, children from Pontarddulais Primary School were invited to spend the day at the Station to help the crew plant the new wildlife garden. Keep Wales Tidy and the children involved have helped create a beautiful space for nature, which will grow and be filled with pollinator-friendly plants and a variety of other wildlife habitats.

The package ended up being far more than just equipment. Instead, it was equipped with native plants to boost local biodiversity, the essential tools and materials needed, expert advice on garden setup and the continued support from the Keep Wales Tidy team.

The cold weather and muddy conditions on the day didn’t stop the children getting stuck in by helping the crew move 6 tonnes of soil, plant 5 fruit trees and 300 native bulbs.

This new garden they’ve helped create at the station has not only made an unused space into something practical and nice to look at but has provided the school with a space to teach children to grow and look after their local environment.

Keep Wales Tidy has urged people to apply for the scheme which has seen more than 100 gardens created, restored and enhanced across Wales since it’s 2020 launch. It was first developed to help fight the climate and nature emergencies. But as shown at Pontarddulais Station, the benefits have gone far beyond this by bringing a community together and providing a much-needed boost to health and wellbeing.

Well done all – we look forward to seeing it all grow and bloom!