A group of young people have spent the past four months volunteering to transform the area around the reservoir in Tanerdy, Carmarthen.
Up to 20 young people have turned the area into a Fairy Garden especially for young children in the community.
Since September, the young people who attend activity sessions at the reservoir and classroom at Rathbone Training Centre, have been clearing the pathways and area around the reservoir as well as cleaning and painting the bridges.
To date up to 30 unique fairy doors have been created and placed around the reservoir, as well as bilingual signs.
The project, which has been organised by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Youth Support Service Post 16 Team, is set to continue into Spring – with plans to add to the Fairy Garden as well as creating birdboxes, bat boxes, bug houses and picnic benches.
Everyone who has taken part will receive a certificate for their achievements to support their job prospects in the future.
All young people have volunteered their free time to participate in active citizenship which has had a huge impact on their own skills development and self-esteem and confidence- making them feel more included in the society in which they live.
Nia Meredith, aged 18 and from Carmarthen, has been involved in the project since the beginning. She said: “It’s been fun and has been good to meet new people. I’ve been trying new things and have learnt a lot.”
Executive board member responsible for education and children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies, said: “I would like to congratulate this group of young people for all their hard work and for giving up their time to volunteer and transform the area, especially for the benefit of the younger people in the community. I’m sure that this has been a valuable experience for them and that they have been able to learn new skills in the process.”
Jewsons in Carmarthen have supported the project with a donation of timber for benches which the group will be working on in the next part of the project.
The group is now looking for donations of solar fairy lights to make the area more enchanting. If any businesses are able to help, please contact Katie Morgan 07825402507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org