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Community in Flint comes together to care for conservation area

Residents of all ages have come together to help care for a local conservation area in Flint.

Flint Wildlife Education Group, informally known as ‘The Friends of Swinchaird Brook’ project recently secured a ‘Postcode Local Grant for £1,719 from players of The People’s Postcode Trust, supporting a range of initiatives involving a wide cross section of the community to get involved and help out.

The group is led by Greenbank Villas, a supported living project in Flint and Keep Wales Tidy. 

Residents from all three Clwyd Alyn Housing Association schemes supporting former homeless people in Flintshire; Llys Emlyn Williams in Holywell, The Quay Project in Greenfield and Greenbank Villas in Flint, have all been involved with the project as well as Keep Wales Tidy who have also been working with the local Flint Cubs Group and pupils from Ysgol Maes Hyfyd in Flint.

“It’s a superb community initiative where people of all ages, and from all backgrounds are really making a difference, helping to keep the Swinchaird Brook area as a lovely place for everyone to enjoy,” said Louise Blackwell, Community Development Officer with Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

The Group has already organised a tree-planting day in the area and put up bird boxes that were made at separate activity sessions with the Flint Cubs and pupils from Ysgol Maes Hyfryd.

A further Swinchaird Brook Action Day has been planned on April 10 when Flint MacDonald’s have also offered to provide soft drinks for the team of volunteers.

“Residents from our supported living schemes have really enjoyed the chance to be involved and have not only picked up many new skills, but also made lots of new friends too while helping out. said Debbie Davies, Senior Project Worker at Greenbank Villas in Flint.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has got involved and also say a huge ‘Thanks’ to players of the People’s Postcode Trust for their sponsorship through the Postcode Local Trust,” Debbie added.