Environment and Community Organisations

Here are some organisations involved in environmental and community support activities in the Tywi area of Carmarthenshire.

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ABERGLASNEY GARDENS   Llangathen,Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH.  01558 668998.  www.aberglasney.org. Owned by the Aberglasney Restoration Trust.  Horticultural workshops and traineeships. Membership is a vital source of funding and in 2019 £55 single, £75 double, £5 reduction for both is paid by direct debit.

ALLTWALIS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION  Walis Lodge, Alltwalis, Carmarthen  SA32 7EA.  01559 384568.  Alltwalis and surrounding areas, to promote social, cultural, sporting and welfare activities to improve the quality of life for residents.

AMMANFORD LIONS CLUB  65 Wind Street, Ammanford SA18 3DT.  01269 592900.  www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ammanford. Helping local people with tasks such as decorating, gardening, essential travel, and activities to improve the local environment.

ANTUR TEIFI  Parc Busnes, Aberarad, Newcastle Emlyn  SA38 9DB. 01239 710238.  Enterprise agency Antur Teifi operates throughout Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and beyond. It is a third-sector company, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. Surpluses are ploughed back into community ventures. The management board and professional staff are accountable to its shareholders and community representatives.

AWEL AMAN TAWE  76-78 Heol Gwilym, Cwmllynfell, Swansea  SA9 2GN.  01639 830870.  Awel Aman Tawe contributes to the regeneration of the Upper Amman/Swansea Valley areas through development and implementation of community energy. Community wind farm, two turbines on Mynydd y Gwrhyd. Solar photovoltaic coop Egni.

BADGER WATCH & RESCUE DYFED  Gwynfryn, Brynteg, Llanybydder SA40 9UX.  01570 480571. www.badgerwatch.co.uk/badgergroups/wales/dyfedbadgergroup. Wildlife conservation especially badgers, surveys carried out for badgers, otters, dormice and other species within the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

BANC ORGANICS  01269 870101 www.bancorganics.co.uk. In the Gwendraeth area, not-for-profit community supported food scheme which grows organic vegetables and fruit in Bancffosfelen and distributes them in the Gwendraeth valleys.

BRECHFA COMMUNITY SHOP  Brechfa SA32 7QY.  01267 202333. Bryn Stores Community Shop Ltd, in the centre of Brechfa village on the edge of Brechfa Forest. Essentials and local specialities.

BWCABUS  01239 801601.  www.bwcabus.info.  Bookable local bus services which are tailored to the needs of the passengers. Operating in north Carmarthenshire, south Ceredigion and in Pembrokeshire.

CARMARTHENSHIRE RIVERS TRUST  Mynydd Bach, Carmarthen SA32 8SD.  01558 668697.  The objects of the Trust are to promote the conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the indigenous species of animal and plant life, and improvement of the rivers, streams, water courses and water impoundments in the county.

CARMARTHEN YOUTH PROJECT The Club House, Friars Park, Carmarthen SA31 3AN.  01267 222786.  www.drmz.co.uk. Helps improve the lives of young people aged 11-25.  Takes on environmental challenges which improve the community, whether cleaning the riverside in a canoe, sprucing up flower planters, litter picks or gardening across the town. Allotments project too.

CWMDU COMMUNITY SHOP AND POST OFFICE  Cwmdu, Llandeilo SA19 7DU.  01558 685088.  www.cwmdu.org.  Owned by the National Trust, open Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm. Bar, 01558 685156, Tuesday-Friday 1130am-1.30pm, also Wednesday-Saturday 7pm-11pm. Restaurant open for special meals, advertised locally and on Facebook.

DRYSLWYN COMMUNITY SHOP  Dryslwyn, Carmarthen SA32 8QX.  01558 668221. www.dryslwyn.site. Popular shop and Post Office serving a rural area of the Twyi Valley. Internet cafe. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am-4.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday 8.30am-12 noon.

GREENHOUSE  91 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo SA19 6HD.  01558 822646.  Shop selling donated clothes, books, household items to raise  funds for environmental campaigning both locally and nationally.  Promoting sustainability, providing environmental campaign information and resources.

GROWING THE FUTURE  National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN.  01558 667149.  botanicgarden.wales/science/growing-the-future. Horticulture for the future, gardens for health and well-being, and celebrating Welsh horticulture.

LLUEST HORSE AND PONY TRUST   Beili Bedw Farm, Llanddeusant, Llangadog SA19 9TG. 01550 740661.  www.lluesthorseandponytrust.co.uk. The Lluest Horse and Pony Trust is a small charity running a rescue centre for horses, ponies and donkeys at a 40-acre farm neat the Black Mountain. Sponsor a pony, sponsor a stable, volunteer. The aim is  to restore rescued animals to full health and find them a foster home, but if that is not possible, they are assured of a safe home for the rest of their lives.

PERMACULTURE TYWI  Supporting permaculture practitioners in and around the Llandeilo area. There is a closed Facebook group. To enquire about membership, contact membermojo.co.uk/permaculturetywi.

THE WILDLIFE TRUST OF SOUTH AND WEST WALES  The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Cardigan SA43 2TB.  01239 621600. Also at The Nature Centre, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend CF32 0EH.  01656 724100.  To advance, promote and further the conservation, maintenance and protection of terrestrial and marine habitats and their wildlife, and places of natural beauty. Also advances the education of the public in the principles and practice of conservation.

TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE CYMRU   Llwynpatris, Bancffosfelen, Llanelli SA15 5DR. 01269 871133, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Ammanford, Swansea, Donated tools and sewing machines are cleaned and repaired in our workshop in Llanelli by a small group of volunteers. These are then sent to impoverished workers in Africa. Tools, volunteers, sewing machines are always needed.

YNNI CARMARTHENSHIRE ENERGY  75 Water Street, Carmarthen SA31 1PZ.  01267 616333.  www.carmarthenshireenergy.org.  A social enterprise, working with communities to reduce energy costs and to provide renewable energy. Wind turbine near Taliaris in Carmarthenshire. New share offer expected 2019.

YNNI DA   5 Ffordd Werdd, Gorslas, Llanelli SA14 7NE.  01269 832160.  ynnida.com. Renewable energy and energy efficiency information especially for education. Supports schools with energy workshops.

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