Another long day out on the Gower as part of my Bringing Gower Home project. This time some amazing pictures were created by more pupils from Dylan Thomas Community School at the Community Horse and Pony Scheme (CHAPS) in Gowerton. Photography is a great social leveller and it was great to see students stretching their comfort zones by engaging with their new surroundings at CHAPS. I think you’ll agree that these photographs are amazing given that before today none of them had had any real experience with the camera.
CHAPS is home to 8 rescue horses and ponies from across the county. Some of these have come from urban settings in Swansea, others from more rural places. Wherever their former home, these horses are now cared for at this wonderful 26 acre site. CHAPS promotes good horse welfare and best practice for horses in private ownership and they provide a range of educational opportunities for horse owners. The ethos is one of working with the community to prevent the need for horses to go into rescue care. They believe that through education and support every horse owner has the chance to better themselves and the welfare of their animals.
I gatecrashed the CHAPS facilities with my Bringing Gower Home group and we learned all about horses as well as finding out lots about people who work in this industry out on Gower. CHAPS already runs outdoor activities such as woodland management, fencing, horticulture, bushcraft, as well as improving the CHAPS facilities, such as making chicken coops, and pond creation. The plan at CHAPS is to provide more support services for horse owners as well as engaging with the community to show them that being around horses is an equal opportunity for everyone. They currently have volunteer opportunities. If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved then visit their website or Facebook page
As far as I know, this Dylan Thomas School group was the first to have photography lessons at CHAPS and it won’t be the last. I already have plans in place for another Bringing Gower Home group to visit here early in the new year. Watch this space!
I am organising, delivering, and supporting this project in collaboration with Gower Landscape Partnership (GLP) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.