Local Scouts come together to preserve woodland area in Neath

28th June 2019
Woodland clean up

A group of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 5th Neath Bryncoch have drafted in the support of the local community to rescue an unloved woodland area in Bryncoch Neath.

The Scouts Group partnered with local environment group Clean Cymru, Neath Port Talbot Council and local Councillors for the woodland clean, which took place on May 31st.

During the day, 50 people took part in a rubbish collection and area tidy up, before hearing a habitat talk by an Environmental Officer.

As well as being an educational opportunity for the Scouts, the event was also an opportunity for the local community to get involved and see the work that the group has been doing to help preserve the local area.

Following the preservation event, all volunteers and residents from the local community were invited to the Scout Hall for a BBQ and refreshments.

5th Neath Bryncoch Beaver and Cub Leader, Michael Loyns said: “Last year I organised a Beach Clean which was attended by Welsh Water and their mascot Owain Glyn. It was huge success so this year I decided to organise a Woodland Clean in the hope that some of our beautiful natural green space can be brought back to life.

“Following a site visit from the Neath Port Talbot Biodiversity Officer, who evaluated the environment, we organised the preservation event. It was great to see so many people from the local community taking part. It was a real team effort. From my perspective, it was really encouraging to see so many young people taking an interest in looking after their local natural spaces.”

5th Neath Bryncoch Scout Group are no strangers to environmental work. Over the past few months, they have built bug hotels on their grounds and for their local Church to encourage an expansion of biodiversity and have donated bird boxes and wildflowers. They have also had a visit from a Local Environment Group who gave a talk on Bees and their importance in the ecosystem.

Local councillor Wyndham Griffiths joined the event, along with Kathryn Britton of Keep Wales Tidy/Clean Cymru. Councillor Jo Hale also contributed heavily towards to project but was unfortunately unable to attend on the day.

Councillor Wyndham Griffiths said: “It is fantastic to see the Scouts taking such an active role in the preservation of the local area. Seeing so many young people take an interest in environmental issues is something very special.”

Kathryn Briton, Tidy Towns Co-ordinator for Neath Port Talbot at Keep Wales Tidy/Caru Cymru said: “Seeing the young people of Neath Port Talbot working so passionately to preserve their local area is wonderful. We admire the hard work of the scout group and the active role that the local community has also taken.

“The 5th Neath Bryncoch Scout Group are setting a fantastic example and we are sure that their continued hard work will make a huge difference to the local ecosystem and welfare of both the local nature and community.”

5th Neath Bryncoch is a part of ScoutsCymru, the scouting organisation in Wales which gives over 14,000 young people in Wales the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

Scouting is a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities in Wales and inspiring positive futures for the people of Wales.