CAIS’ North Wales Cyfle Cymru project has signed up to the Welsh Mountain Zoo’s ‘Food for the Zoo’ scheme which invites local suppliers to donate any of their excess food for the animals so that it doesn’t go to waste. The charity-owned zoo has experienced great financial hardship in recent months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and has had to adapt in various ways in order to ensure that they have a future.
Cyfle Cymru’s North Wales project, as part of a local allotment e-group for the Tan-y-Bryn allotments, signed up to the scheme which will help to feed animals at the zoo. The group donate the by-products, such as bean and pea haulm, corn shoots and brassica off-cuts, that grow in the allotments located at Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve and have donated 9 sacks of food thus far. Cyfle Cymru use the allotments for gardening activities as part of the project to help aid the recovery of their service users from substance misuse and/or mental health issues and to help them develop practical skills and experience. In response to the nationwide lockdown the project had to cease all face-to-face support and activities, and the allotments have been maintained by staff.
We were pleased to hear from Mike at the Welsh Mountain Zoo that the donations “went down a treat” with the animals! We are proud of our Cyfle Cymru project in North Wales’ commitment to working in partnership with the local community to help support a great local cause.