A dedicated group of young people from the Rhondda area devoted time from their Easter Holidays to help renovate the Greenwood Park miners memorial in Ferndale.
Over 40 young people assembled at the site of Ferndale’s Greenwood Park over the Easter Holidays to help renovate the historic miners memorial. Along with members of the community group Grassroots, the Police, Fire Service and local politicians, the young people from Ferndale Community School, Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer and Coleg Morgannwg pitched in to help clear pathways, remove weeds, power wash pavings, clear litter and plant flowers.
— SWP Rhondda (@SWPRhondda) April 21, 2017
— YEPS (@YepsRCT) April 21, 2017
The project was brought to the fore following concerns by members of the local community regarding vandalism at the site. The restoration took place over two days and was extremely well received by the local community:
The young people have been awesome and their help has been invaluable. It was really refreshing to see the enthusiasm and hard work that the young people brought to the team. It’s so rewarding to see young people show an interest in something so important, a piece of Ferndale’s history that should never be forgotten.
They worked rigorously and provided a positive, upbeat atmosphere to the day – proving that all young people shouldn’t be tarred with the same brush and given a bad reputation because of the actions of a few. We were really pleased to see the community come together and proud of the end result.
– The Ferndale Miners Memorial Team
The project brought the community together and portrayed an image of unity whilst all involved dedicated time and effort to a significant aspect of Ferndale’s history. It was very refreshing to see a project gain media attention and young people placed in the spotlight for the right reasons. The young people involved acted as exemplary role models for their peers and challenged the stereotypical notion of all youths being troublesome and mischievous.
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