A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester led the volunteering weekend with the St Madoc team. Located on South Wales’ spectacular Gower peninsula, the centre is part of A Rocha UK’s Partner In Action network.
PLACE TO ESCAPE
With the aim of supporting the work at St Madoc, the spring event was a mixture of practical conservation training, site management, worship and prayer.
‘We’re grateful for such an incredible team of enthusiastic people from all over the UK,’ said Andy Lester. ‘It was great to see new fences put in, sheds painted, plants potted and birds recorded.
‘The warm weather really helped the wildlife. Part of the team recorded more than 300 birds of 60 different species – including grasshopper warbler, black redstart, whimbrel cuckoo and lesser whitethroat.’
St Madoc Centre is a charitably run camp set in 76 acres. Their main purpose is to provide ‘disadvantaged and disaffected’ children and young adults a place to escape and ‘behave like children again’. A Rocha UK gives advice and support to develop their conservation work.
Various different groups stay at the facility. Some have visited regularly for more than 50 years. Schools, church groups, youth groups and sports groups use St Madoc, which can cater for up to 120 people.
CLOSE TO NATURE
The travellers’ forum Tripadvisor overflows with positive comments about the centre. ‘St Madoc is a lovely place to go for a school trip where you can get close to nature,’ said one visitor, whose report carried ‘awesome’ as the headline.
‘You can do archery, feed chickens and pigs, go to the woods to make a lot of music, go to the beach and run down a huge sand dune! When our class went there, we had so much fun!’