There’s a distinctly green theme to the entertainment at Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay this Easter.
Taking centre stage is the GreenHouse at Mermaid Quay. Built from plastic bottles and recycled materials, the GreenHouse showcases Mermaid Quay’s efforts to improve its sustainability and energy efficiency, using soil enhancers produced from recycled food waste to grow vegetables and flowers.
The GreenHouse forms the starting point for a special floral- themed treasure hunt around Mermaid Quay, with the enticing prize of a free Cadwaladers’ ice-cream every week for a year.
Meanwhile visitors who pop in to see how the plants are thriving are encouraged to share their experience with a GreenHouse selfie, or ‘Grelfie’, with the chance to win a £50 Wagamama voucher.
In addition, cafes, restaurants, and bars offer a wealth of Spring menus to suit all tastes and budgets.
Since 2015, Mermaid Quay has gone from recycling zero food waste to more than 100 tonnes a year in its on-site BioNova digester.
The resulting digestate is used in planters around Mermaid Quay and now in the GreenHouse, where a range of flowers and vegetables are growing, including cabbages, carnations, chives, cress, lettuce, marigolds, pansies, and strawberries.
Work is also underway to explore how the digestate can be used as bio-fuel to provide power for the site.
Justin Patel, general manager at Mermaid Quay and the driving force behind the site’s green initiatives, said: ‘We’re really pleased with the GreenHouse. It’s such an effective way to highlight the benefits of recycling and show how easy it can be to make a positive difference to your environment.”
The GreenHouse at Mermaid Quay is open to the public over the Easter holidays and May Bank Holiday weekend.
Mermaid Quay is also working with Cardiff schools and other groups to enable pupils to see recycling in action with visits to both the greenhouse and the BioNova digester throughout April and May.