Pride in Penderry emerged from very early questions about the area; how do people travel when public transport is limited and expensive? And, why would people visit the area?
Opportunities arose to bring together a range of organisations to address these questions, starting with a small group comprising Natural Resources Wales, Coed Cymru and the Council's Nature Conservationists and Transport Strategists.
By the end of 2014, Natural Resources Wales gathered a range of professionals working in the environment sector. Cynefin organised a workshop to introduce them to Penderry and gather thoughts on what they could offer to support improvements in the area. Taking a multi-disciplinary perspective was crucial so broadening the group to include community development workers and archaeologists, local landowners and PCSOs served to better inform ideas, perspectives and limitations.
The group visited the area, detailing observations, joined the Penderry Providers' Planning Forum as regular attendees and stepped outside it own range of disciplines to add others such as art and alternative building methods. Until now, activity has been about investing in professionals, helping them to consider their own expertise and resources and the ways that these could integrate with others to give a holistic appreciation of a place, enhancing social, economic and environmental improvement for the people who live in Penderry.
While this is still in a fledgling, idea development phase among professionals who are gaining a multi-faceted place perspective of Penderry, consultation is soon to start with children in the area about how they wish to use much of the green space on their doorstep. Applications have been made to develop a community archaeology project, uncovering its hidden history. Come Outside has started work with Communities First on developing geocaching. Sustainable Swansea has recently produced Penderry's Green Map, detailing the stunning viewpoints from the many, accessible green spaces. Along with the area's unique history, walking and cycling trails could link with other local attractions and invite visitors in. These trails could link to work and school routes for local people's benefit. All in all, it is an exciting, ambitious, realisable investment in Place visioning.