Kelda, Cathays Cemetery and the success of the ball in the wall

Kelda Ground Breaking

Earlier this year, the City of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan signed a 15-year £13.4m joint organic waste deal with Kelda Organic Energy Limited to build a new facility to convert food waste into a soil fertiliser  and use the gases produced to generate renewable energy.

This agreement reinforces the Council’s commitment to meet the statutory Welsh Government targets around recycling as we work towards their ‘Zero Waste’ goal for 2050. The new plant will use the latest technology that will not only treat and recycle the organic waste but will also produce sustainable sources of energy and fertiliser for farming.

The Kelda ground breaking

The Kelda ground breaking

Construction on this new facility is now under way, and it is expected to be fully operational by 2017, when all the food we recycle in our brown food caddies will be used to generate electricity and supply both the plant and the adjacent Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water treatment works.

Cathays Cemetery Crowdfunding

A crowdfunding campaign to fund the restoration of Cathays Cemetery Chapels has raised over £20,000 in two weeks!

Cathays Cemetery is one of the largest Victorian cemeteries in the UK and its Green Flag grounds are a great asset to the city.  Despite some recent investment, the chapels require significant restoration work. We are using the Make the Diff’ crowdfunding page to try and attract funding. The response so far has been fantastic – with local funeral directors and those with loved ones at the cemetery giving their support – thank you to everyone that has donated.  If we can hit our target of just over £40,000 (currently 65% there) in the next 50 days then we can get this restoration work under way and start using the chapel for a whole range of events including services once more.

Cathays Cemetery

Cathays Cemetery

The Victorians intended the cemetery to be a place for leisure as well as remembrance also using the chapels for new ventures like concerts, film locations and weddings will really capture the spirit of the age as well as generating valuable income that can be used to maintain the building and grounds.

If you’d like to find out more about Cathays Cemetery or to donate – please visit the restoration of Cathays Cemetery Chapels page. Likewise, if you have any civic projects in Cardiff you think would benefit your community, and would like to use crowdfunding to raise money, visit our Make the Diff site.


Success of the Ball in the Wall

The Rugby World Cup 2015 has been a fantastic success for Cardiff so far with visitor numbers soaring and one attraction that has enjoyed particular popularity is the city’s iconic Cardiff Castle.

One of the reasons for this is the ball that appears to have crashed landed into the wall of the castle. This was developed by local firm Wild Creations – and what a great job they have done!

Core City Leaders visiting Cardiff

Core City Leaders visiting Cardiff’s Ball in the Wall

The ‘ball in the wall’ has been a social media phenomena travelling as far as Singapore and Australia and has been picked up by media across the globe.

As a result the castle has enjoyed an increase of 8,000 visitors compared to the same time last year and an impressive 2,100 visitors flooded through the gates on October 2nd which saw New Zealand take on Georgia in the Millennium Stadium.

The Rugby World Cup has given us another opportunity to show off Cardiff on the global stage. Visitors from across the World have given the city a real vibrancy, and helped make the official Fanzone such a success, with over 125,000 visitors making it the most well attended Rugby World Cup host city fanzone.

It’s a great place to watch the rugby action, including Wales v South Africa, this weekend!

Finally, congratulations are in order to the Welsh football team for qualifying for Euro 2016. I’m sure the whole of Wales will be cheering you on next summer.