Conwy Residents Brighten Up Community with Flower Power

Residents of a sheltered housing scheme are hoping flower power will help win them an award.

CThe community group at the Bryn Difyr complex in Penmaenmawr have secured a grant to brighten up the area around their homes.

They have been awarded £840 from the Community Chest fund operated by housing association Cartrefi Conwy.

As a result, residents joined forces with Cartrefi Conwy staff and a team of local Police Community Support Officers for a community day.

Rubbish was taken away in skips and while troughs and hanging baskets were planted with a range of colourful flowers.

The residents are now hoping to enter the Pen in Bloom competition and are keeping their fingers crossed their efforts will be recognised.

One of the driving forces behind the campaign is resident Tina Turner, 80, the Chair of the Bryn Difyr Community Group.

She explained that most of the Community Chest money was spent on the plants and flowers while £300 was being held back to organise outings for the residents over the summer.

Mrs Turner said: “I’ve been living 14 years at Bryn Difyr and I love it here, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“We’re a lovely little community here and we help each other and do things together.

“We just wanted to brighten it up the area a bit more because some of the ladies in the bungalows can’t get out very much.

“They do have little gardens but I wanted them to have something to look at apart from that. We have a mixture of everything, including Geraniums and Busy Lizzies -it’s going to look lovely and that is all I wanted to achieve.

Eluned Hughes, 66, is now a resident after working for several years as the Warden at Bryn Difyr.

She said: “We’re putting hanging baskets and anything to make it look nice and it’s really good to see so many people here.

“We’ll see if we can get hanging baskets all around and then we’ll try to enter Pen in Bloom.”

Cartrefi Conwy’s Older Person’s Engagement Co-ordinator, Nerys Veldhuizen, was delighted to help out during the clean-up day.

She said: “The residents have come together to create a community to be proud of – they’ve got a great community spirit here.

“As well as the flower planting and tidying the garden edges, we’ve got a couple of skips here for people to get rid of their rubbish, old furniture, sheds full of stuff and things to aid fire safety.

“What they want to do in the summer is have tea parties and garden parties in this area and they also want to enter the scheme of Pen in Bloom competition.

“The idea is to improve the health and well-being of our older people. They do rely on each other and the environment is important.

“A lot of people can’t actually get out but they can look out of the window and see flowers rather than rubbish and weeds.”

Among those helping out was Police Community Support officer Dave Madden.

He said: “Our role is to be the heart of the community, helping the community.

“They’re a really good close community at Bryn Difyr and it’s really good to help them out when we can.

“It’s nice to see people brightening up their own community.”

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