Today we took a group of participants from Neath out to Llanrhidian today as part of Bringing Gower Home. It’s only a 40 minute drive from Melincryddan Advice Centre to the North Gower coastline so it’s a surprise that most of today’s photographers hadn’t visited this part of the world before.
Accessibility in Wales is always an issue due to the rugged geography, and city folk don’t always have the time (or the means) to take the scenic bus journey out across the beautiful moor lands. It was a real treat then for this group to breathe in the fresh air on the edge of the North Gower coastline. The sleepy-looking village of Llanrhidian is actually a thriving and busy community. This area is famous for its salt marsh lamb, its award-winning pub and its long history of cockle farming. People have lived here for thousands of years and parts of the local church date back to before Viking times.
Exploring and having fun is what Bringing Gower Home is all about. Getting people out of their normal environment and seeing what’s on offer boosts confidence and gives people the chance to see their own world differently. As part of the project this group will showcase their photographic achievements at Neath Cricket Club later this month. They can’t wait to tell friends and family about everything they experienced today. This workshop encourages people who wouldn’t normally access the Gower establish a connection with the landscape, and celebrate what is personally special about the Gower. We focussed on themes of Natural Gower, The Sea and Gower, Living on Gower, and Historical Gower. 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. You can read more about this unique project by clicking HERE.