THE PARENTS of an Aberystwyth University graduate have donated trees to a local nature reserve as a thank you for their daughter’s excellent education.
Since graduating in Countryside Conservation from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in July 2016, Lizzie Tyson and her parents have been reflecting on her happy time at Aberystwyth – including her work at Parc Natur Penglais with the student Conservation Volunteers group.
Seeing her enthusiasm for the education and experiences gained at Aberystwyth, Lizzie’s parents decided they would like to give something back to the university and town in a fitting way by generously donating lime and wych elm tree saplings to be placed in Parc Natur Penglais, where Lizzie spent some of her most enjoyable times.
Famed for its fine displays of wild bluebells in early spring and spanning 11 hectares, the park offers peaceful woodland walks and excellent views of the town. Once part of the Penglais Estate, the beautiful woodland of Parc Natur Penglais was donated to the town by Aberystwyth University.
The Parc, opened in 1991 and officially declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1995, is managed by Ceredigion County Council in partnership with the Parc Natur Penglais Support Group of local residents. It has received recognition as the only UNESCO Man and Biosphere Urban Reserve in Wales, while the Support Group won a Prince of Wales Award for their early work in establishing the Parc.
Jim Wallace, Director of Campus and Commercial Services, said: “It is very pleasing when our students leave us feeling that their lives have changed for the better as a result of their time with us. Lizzie is a wonderful example of a hard working student that has used every opportunity Aberystwyth University has offered her and who has also looked to put something back into our community. The tree being planted are a poignant way of demonstrating Lizzie’s commitment she made as a volunteer and I hope it will inspire other students to make the most of their time with us too.”
Lizzie’s parents, Sue and Oliver Tyson, both teachers, and Lizzie returned to Aberystwyth on Monday (Oct 24) to plant the trees, accompanied by representatives from Parc Natur Penglais, Ceredigion County Council, and Aberystwyth University.
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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