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Community can have their say on Kymin Park development

ALL ARE welcome to a community event to help shape the future of Kymin Park.

Members of the public are invited to the family friendly event to help prepare a wildflower meadow area, share their thoughts to help shape the project, and explore the woodland areas.

In 2019 Penarth Town Council, the leaseholder, announced its intention to return the park and house to the Vale of Glamorgan Council and there was much public concern when the house and an area of the park were subsequently offered as a commercial opportunity on a 99-year lease.

The Friends of the Kymin was formed to celebrate and protect the natural heritage of the area and promote public access to the house and gardens.

Vale of Glamorgan Council are no longer seeking to offer a lease but instead wish to see a sustainable community use for the park and house, with park officers working with the community groups to enable this.

GPG recently obtaining a Keep Wales Tidy ‘Local Places for Nature’ growing pack which will provide some community growing equipment.

Sally Hughes from GPG’s Penarth Growing Community project said: “The Kymin is a place which many local people hold dear.

“We are delighted to be working with the Friends of the Kymin and the Vale of Glamorgan Council to protect and enhance the park, while maintaining its quiet woodland feel.

“This is our first opportunity to involve the community, and we are keen to draw on the vast knowledge of local people as we begin to explore the grounds, the plants and wildlife that flourish there.”

GPG and the Friends of the Kymin already successfully planted a community orchard at the Kymin earlier this year.

A community map of the Kymin is being developed and the public are invited to come along and talk about features and areas of the park that are special for them.

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The morning will conclude with a short walk in the coastal woodlands.

The timetable on December 4 is:

  • 10am – raking the top meadow area (bring a rake or a wheelbarrow and some gardening gloves)
  • 11am – short exploration of the coastal woodlands, including a walk for children and young people
  • 11.30am – a chance to hear about the GPG community growing project and talk about what is important for you at the Kymin

Let them know you are coming at penarthgrowingcommunity.co.uk/community-morning-at-the-kymin/

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