JIG-SO Children’s Centre in Cardigan is helping to reverse nature’s decline thanks to a new garden scheme from environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

‘Local Places for Nature’ is offering communities free packages that include all the plants, tools and materials needed to create small gardens.

Jig-So will be creating a butterfly garden at their new base at the former Ashleigh Surgery in Napier Street, Cardigan.

Linda Grace, chair of trustees said: “We are delighted with the significant number of resources received through this funding which includes wildflower seeds, plants and pots, bulbs, shrubs, climbing plants, pots of lavender, a raised bed, posts, a trellis, compost and top soil.

“Further to that a bird feeder, bug hotel, identifying sheets of bugs, butterflies and creatures who live in the garden and a variety of gardening tools and gloves.

“There is plenty of evidence that nature and the outdoors significantly improve and sustain wellbeing and emotional health.

“Thank you Keep Cymru Tidy for providing Jig-So with further learning resources for local children as well as enhancing our outdoor space which will be enjoyed by everyone.”

Deputy chief executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini, said: “More than ever, people are recognising the value of nature to the health and well-being of our communities.

“We are delighted that groups, like Jig-So, now have the opportunity to make a real difference through Local Places for Nature. We know there are many other areas that could benefit from the scheme and we’re urging people to get involved while there are still free packages available.”

The initiative is part of a wider £5m Welsh Government ‘Local Places for Nature’ fund committed to acquiring, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.

Packages are still available to community groups and organisations. To apply for Local Places for Nature, visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru/nature