Tetto Verde Green Roof and Pollinators Project
We have worked with our partners – Pollen8, Cardiff University, Coleg Y Cymoedd and Neath Port Talbot Mind to build roof and community gardens. The project has been made possible by a Welsh Government Environment and Sustainable Development Small-scale Project grant.
The four gardens provide a space for people to relax, learn and volunteer as well as being an important resource for scientific research.
The gardens at Coleg Y Cymoedd’s Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach campuses are used to support students studying biology, horticulture and bee-keeping. The college students have work with bee-keeping specialists to build the gardens and the hives.
The Neath Port Talbot branch of the charity Mind has converted a concrete yard at their offices into a sensory garden full of plants that delight both humans and pollinating insects. In building, maintaining and using the garden, clients of the charity are supporting their mental well-being through engagement with nature. Research has shown that interaction with nature and natural systems is a core component of mental health both in terms of maintaining well-being and in recovering from trauma.
The garden in the ethnically diverse Grangetown area of Cardiff is a resource for residents and local primary schools. Cardiff University students will work with local residents to maintain the garden and have initiated an ongoing engagement of local schools to enable the garden to be an extra learning resource. Cardiff University’s interest in the project is primarily due to the research interests of Professor Les Bailie and colleagues who are investigating the anti-bacterial properties of honey as a source of antibiotics for human health.
Pollen8 and Cardiff University advised all the gardens on the best species of plants to use. Species were selected for their attractiveness to bees and other pollinators and for their links to the anti-bacterial properties of honey.
Pollen8 was the lead partner in terms of operational management while Cynnal Cymru’s role in the project has been to provide financial management. As a charity, we are eligible for funding streams that are not accessible to non-charities. We can act as the lead financial partner ensuring non-partisan and independent financial accountability and ensuring that projects are steered to and report within the context of sustainable development; in particular the UN SD goals and the national Well-being Goals of Wales.