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Bat boxes for student garden project

The Cardiff Bute Park bats can now relax after a Community Garden project commenced in the city. The new Fairwater Community Garden is managed by the charity organization Vision 21 located in Cardiff, which offers development and vocational training to those who have disabilities.

The students involved in Vision 21 created bat boxes as part of their training in horticultural studies. The garden is set along the side of Sbectrwm Community Centre and is host to a pond, ceramic art, and fruit trees.

The Vision 21 charity was first founded in 1987 in Cardiff and is involved in a number of Cardiff and Newport projects by offering students with disabilities vocational training.

The Cardiff community garden is just one of the projects that the charity runs.  It was first created in 1994 out of an old play area, and was transformed by the students into a resource that the entire community enjoys including vegetable and herb garden, wildlife pond, and fruit trees.

Vision 21 is just one of the partners that aids with the Bute Park restoration project, which is valued at around £5.6m.

Barry Shiers, the Director of Vision 21, stated that they have always enjoyed their partnership with Cardiff Council parks and the bat boxes are just another way that they have been able to involve their students in helping out the environment and wildlife.


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