Cardiff Transition believes in local action to bring about positive changes to global crisis of climate change, we first got connected with Cardiff Transition through a family member and now my family and I tackle waste and littering in a creative manner turning something thrown away or abundant into something useful. I started off alone doing this and now I have encouraged more than a handful of friends and family to do the same and we have created a community workshop to carry out what started as a hobby and has developed into a small rural business that is slowly developing into a collective social enterprise that has commissions from all over the world. Most of our time we enjoy cleaning beaches and woodlands so predominantly work with beach, woodland and building waste such as driftwood, logs and pallets. Items made have been from seasonal craft all the way to bespoke household furniture. As a female I feel empowered to share my skills with powertools and craft tools with others to give them the confidence to give it a go. I think its important to be a positive role model to my two teenage girls.
I am a passionate person who believes in protecting our local environments for all to enjoy as I enjoy spending time exploring the woods and beaches in my area with my family, friends and dogs. We started getting involved in the seasonal rural economy and became concerned with the littering and materials all over the place, as a community we came together and upskilled each other. I have over 8 years in woodland crafts and four years in upcycling of waste wood and beach materials.
We started working with Cardiff transition 5 or 6 years ago when we helped out at Christmas community event at Chapter where we demonstrated seasonal skills making Christmas wreathes and Foliage Christmas trees. We have also worked with local charity Pentrebane Zone to develop workshops and upskilling sessions in their new community workshop. From working with materials we have gained more confidence in tackling social and environmental issues together and in running workshops we have found we can inspire others to look at their neighbourhoods waste streams differently and think not only about environment but developing local economies. Our local community are now in the process of looking to setup a social enterprise around this.