An outdoor space has been transformed into a safe learning and play area enabling Cyncoed youngsters to thrive all year round.

Children attending the Welsh medium Cylch y Coed playgroup will now be able to benefit long into the future after Wales & West Utilities engineers dug and levelled the uneven ground at the playgroup’s base at Cyncoed Methodist Church. The gas emergency and pipeline service also donated construction-related role play toys, including high vis jackets, cones and barriers, to further help children learn through play.

The donation was made as part of Wales & West Utilities commitment to support the communities it works in. The gas emergency and pipeline service carried out work to upgrade 2.4 kilometres of gas pipes in the Lake Road East area last year.

Wales & West Utilities colleague Ben Prosser, who is also a trustee and treasurer for Cylch y Coed, requested the support from his employer. Ben explains:

Cylch y Coed is a registered charity which relies on goodwill and donations. We have wanted to transform this outdoor area for some time, but funding was always an issue.

We were delighted when Wales & West Utilities offered their support and are thrilled with how it now looks. This area is a fantastic addition for both the church and our playgroup, and the donation of the toys is just fantastic! We know our children will get so much benefit from this area all year round.

On behalf of our families, I’d like to say a huge thank you.

Wales & West Utilities colleagues enjoy the area with members of the playgroup

Wales & West Utilities Performance Manager, Richie Jones, managed the gas upgrade work in the Lake Road East area, and said:

We are committed to supporting the communities we work in and are happy that we’ve been able to help in this way.

We hope our donation of toys will allow the youngsters to get their first taste of construction work – you never know, we may even have a future engineer in our midst!

We’d like to thank the local community for their patience as we carried out works to upgrade the gas pipes. This work was essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night.