As you may have read in the Merthyr Express and seen on S4C Friends of Saron were amongst the finalists attending the Tidy Wales Awards ceremony held, towards the end of January, at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. Presentations were made by Welsh Government Minister Alun Davies and Welsh rugby legend Tom Shanklin.
In her remarks about the Saron Project Sian Thomas of S4C stated the following:-
‘As a result of almost 30 years of neglect, an important and sensitive part of the historic fabric of Troedyrhiw village had deteriorated to a critical point. To protect the Saron Graveyard, the Friends of Saron was formed and are transforming the site into a community asset through the creation of a Memorial and Wildlife Garden.
The site and the hard work of the volunteers demonstrate their respect for their forbears. The work has engaged all sections of the community in the development and utilisation of a valuable resource resulting in the conserving of their local heritage, environmental improvements, a reduction of anti-social behaviour and creating an improved wildlife habitat.’
Although Friends of Saron did not win the main prize in their category they were awarded a £50 gift token and a certificate. These were gladly accepted, on behalf of the residents of Troedyrhiw, by Friends of Saron who remain committed to seeing this project through to a successful conclusion.
Photographs taken at the awards ceremony can be viewed online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/keep_wales_tidy/sets/72157640108522423 .
A television item about the awards ceremony first shown on the S4C programme Prynhawn Da can be viewed online at http://www.s4c.co.uk/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=511130739 (29 min).