Tai Tarian Deliver Biodiversity with a Difference to Port Talbot School

Thu 23 Dec 2021

With education key to people having a good understanding of what can be done to improve biodiversity in our communities, Neath Port Talbot primary schools have embraced an education programme being delivered by Tai Tarian.

In 2019 the social housing provider committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and aim to ‘change their behaviours today, for the generations of tomorrow’.

In 2020 they cemented that commitment by making 'Planet' a strategic priority and the organisation has planted 2000 trees and completed over 90 community projects to enhance open spaces.

Recently they visited Central Primary School in Port Talbot to speak to 40 8 and 9 year olds about biodiversity and the importance of nature. The talk was brought to life for the youngsters by visiting nearby Talbot Memorial Park for a scavenger hunt.

There pupils were encouraged to look, feel and listen for things within the park, including their very own bird boxes, 10 of which were gifted to the school through Tai Tarian’s contractor CJ Construction Wales Ltd.

In the coming months, more schools will take part in the biodiversity education programme with them encouraged to tap into the social housing provider's community benefits fund to enhance their own eco aims with the supply of plants, trees and resources, aimed at enhancing their outdoor spaces.

Amy Hines, Tai Tarian's Economic and Social Regeneration Assistant said:

“Our biodiversity education programme is all about educating young people about the importance of nature.

"Our presentation is really interactive but the real fun is had when we get outdoors and everything is brought to life for pupils.

"Through our community benefits programme we have been able to support the schools in delivering their eco aims with plants, trees or resources, helping us leave a lasting legacy.”

Mrs Hopkins, Headteacher at Central Primary School added:

“I would like to say a big thank you to Tai Tarian and CJ Construction (Wales) Ltd for the fantastic opportunity given to the year 4 pupils of Central. It was so lovely hearing all about it on their return to school and the enthusiasm they presented. It’s always lovely to be able to help and support our local community. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this project.”