Go Green Day

A big call out for everyone to take part!

This year we’re all gearing up towards Go Green! A national day on Friday 19 October, where everyone wears something green to show their support for Size of Wales. This could be as extravagant as a green wig and green facepaint or a subtle as green socks or a green necklace. But the main thing is that everyone can get involved.

So far we’ve had lots of schools wanting to Go Green! They’re holding no school uniform days, up and down the country. Businesses are also taking part with dress down days. In fact, any workplace can take part. It really is very easy. Simply wear something green or do something ‘green themed’ and donate £1 to the Size of Wales.

£1 will help protect an area of rainforest the size of one rugby pitch. We’re excited about supporting the rainforest, and we want to have fun in the process.

Here are some of the ideas that we’ve had so far….

– Wear something green to work or school/college

– Hold a Green Fashion Show or clothes swap

– Take pictures of your ‘greenness’

– Take some face paint into work and get on the attack!

– Paint something green e.g. light bulb

– Have one meal that is 100% green in your canteen

– Change your facebook profile picture green

– Bake green cup cakes for everyone

– Write everything in green ink (with a good excuse)

– Green nail varnish (you know you want to)

– Green cocktail party after work

We need you to make Go Green Day massive! Come on Wales!

Be as creative as you like and have as much fun as you can. It could be your only chance to wear that Christmas jumper or novelty skirt that you can’t bear to throw away.

Take lots of photos, as we’ll also be launching a photo competition.

Register for Go Green Day

Source : Size of ales 2012 Events


#Cardiff Local #Development Plan – Your City, Your Future

What is the Local Development Plan?It’s a plan which sets out how the city will develop and grow socially, economically and environmentally over the next 16 years.  The plan will make sure the city continues to thrive as a world class, quality of life capital city for Wales. The plan will capture the future of our city which will impact and affect almost everyone and everything in some way, whether socially, environmentally or economically.

Why is Local Development Plan needed for Cardiff?
Everyone who lives, works and visits Cardiff as well as the businesses that provide services to its citizens will be influenced by the LDP. The population of the city is growing and it’s the role of the Council to make sure that the city can accommodate and provide a good quality of life for all its citizens. The LDP will identify where in the city, new developments and communities can be built.

Where will the Local Development Plan cover?
The whole of the city. However, different parts of the city may be affected in different ways as the plan will need to show areas for new development together with areas that will be protected from development.
When will the Local Development Plan start?

The LDP must be prepared in accordance with the Wales Assembly Government’s rules. The process is a long one but this enables consultation with the community at all stages. It’s set out in the following proposed phases so that we can prepare the plan while taking your views into consideration:

  •     Strategic Options & Sites Consultation – May/June 2011
  •     Preferred Strategy approval followed by consultation – October 2012
  •     Deposit Plan approval followed by consultation – September 2013
  •     Alternative Site Consultation – March 2014
  •     Submission to WAG for examination – August 2014
  •     Adoption and Implementation of the LDP – October 2015

source : Cardiff Council

#Cardiff Cycle #Festival back in the saddle for 2012


This month Cardiff will enjoy the sight of all manner of bicycles in a celebration of Cardiff’s second Cycle Festival, with activities for all ages and abilities promoting the fun side of cycling between June 16 and 30.

From bizarre bike rides to art-themed celebrations of the bike, this is one festival that should not pass you by! (www.cardiffcyclefestival.co.uk)

The exciting two week-long festival will celebrate the bicycle, cycling and the vibrant community that surrounds it. Sponsored bike rides, themed yoga, knitting sessions, and a cycle themed art exhibition are just some of the variety of events the capital will witness over the fortnight – all to encourage people to get on their bikes and have fun.

Cardiff was recently placed in the top ten of the UK’s most cycle-friendly town/cities. The Survey carried out by Virgin Money places Cardiff as number nine. The survey rates towns and cities on a range of criteria including bike thefts, accidents, serious injuries and deaths, the availability of cycle routes and bike repair shops.

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Highways, Traffic and Transportation, Cllr Ralph Cook said: “This festival is for anyone and everyone, to show how much fun cycling can be. Many people are aware of the benefits in terms of reducing travel costs, congestion and air pollution, as well as the healthy advantages in using  bikes. The festival is all about the pure enjoyment involved in cycling. Everyone is invited to get involved in the Cardiff Cycle Festival.”

The festival pushes off on Saturday June 16 with the Bike Art Trail – a celebration of the love of cycling and use of the bicycle as transport, with an exhibition of works dotted around a number of city venues including the Milkwood gallery, Gwdihw, Milgibars and Cardiff Print Workshop.

So what does Cardiff Cycle Festival have to offer? Here are just some of the activities we have planned:

Take the first step on the pedal by joining Maindy Centre in their Adult Cycle Training courses, offering the chance to develop your cycling skills in a day, run by members of the Cardiff Council Road Safety Team.

Women are invited to a women’s only mechanic night to learn basic gear and brake setup, how to deal with all of the necessary safety checks

Put your new found skills into practice and join Spokes Cycle Training Club on their easy day ride from Pontcanna to Lisvane.

Enjoy a Pootle, Pizza and a Pint with a cycle and a stop off at the Hungry Planet in Clifton St.

The festival ends in a culmination of all things sustainable at a special event at City Hall on June 30  the event will include a wide range of activities from street entertainers to solar powered live music, local food produce and more cycling workshops! 


#Wales #Sustainability Week

Wales Sustainability Week takes place between May 21 and 27 and with Cardiff Council being a signatory to the Welsh Government Sustainable Development Charter, a number of events are planned within the city to mark the week.

The aim of Wales Sustainability Week is to celebrate and promote what people and organisations are doing to promote sustainable development.
Cardiff Council is one of 130 organisations who have signed up to the Sustainable Development Charter to show its commitment to sustainable development.  This includes reviewing and updating the corporate sustainable development strategy and producing and promoting an on-line training package for staff on sustainable development.
During Wales Sustainability Week banners made by schools across Cardiff will be on display at the Old Library in Cardiff. Schools who have taken part include Rhydypenau Primary, Ysgol Y Wern, Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre, Howardian Pupil Referral Unit, Fairwater Primary, and the  English for Speakers of Other Languages, Youth Group from the Parade Centre. The banners were made to support Wales Sustainability Week with school children choosing themes including, healthy eating, Fairtrade, cycling, friendship and wellbeing. Poems will also be on display written by the children.
The Carbon Lite Cardiff website will also launch within the week. The website http://www.carbonlitecardiff.co.uk gives advice and information on how people and organisations can reduce their carbon footprint and help Cardiff become a more sustainable city.
In June Cardiff Council’s Sustainable Development Unit will coordinate a sustainability festival from June 29 until July 8.The inaugural festival brings together a wide range of events across the city to celebrate what people are doing to live smart, sustainable, 21st Century lifestyles.
Events include talks, walks, learning days, workshops, markets, and much more.  There will be  also be a free event taking place on Saturday June 30, 10am-4pm at City Hall to launch the festival.
Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Highways, Traffic & Transportation, Cllr Ralph Cook, said: “As a Council we need to lead by example and make sure we are an energy efficient and sustainable organisation.

Being a sustainable Capital city is so important and we must ensure our own carbon footprint doesn’t affect the future of our great city

Alongside the charter we hope to develop a new energy saving partnership working with neighbouring local authorities and housing associations to not only make the capital city sustainable but the whole of Wales.”