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Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant creates a buzz in local library

The sale of twenty jars of locally produced honey has led to a donation from Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant to help save the local Rhoose Library.

The library group has been campaigning since 2014 to retain the library as a local facility and is looking to run it on a volunteer basis. The donation from Tarmac will kick-start the funding should the group win its battle to take ownership of the library.

Aberthaw Cement Plant environmental coordinator, Kara Bennett, said: “We are committed to helping local community projects at Aberthaw and are delighted to have been able to make this donation to help save Rhoose Library. We have done a lot of work with the adjacent primary school and can see how beneficial such a facility is to the local community.”

The honey, which is harvested from the nine bee hives installed at the plant’s quarry, was produced and sold to colleagues on site in a bid to raise funds to go back into the local community. Through the sale, the company has made a £100 donation to help save Rhoose Library.  

The bee hives at Aberthaw are carefully managed by external beekeepers who have worked to increase the number of hives from five to nine during the past year and a half. With each colony housing approximately 10,000 bees, the harvest is exceeding expectations each year.

Rhoose Councillor Jeff James, who is involved in the Save Rhoose Library campaign, said: “We are very happy to have received this kind donation from the Aberthaw Plant.Donations like this give us a huge amount of hope that a positive decision will be made that will allow us to carry out our plans of running the library on a volunteer basis. We’d like to thank the beekeepers of the plant for their work in harvesting the honey but also extend our thanks to the team for doing so well in raising this money through the honey sale.”

Aberthaw Cement Plant is the only cement works in south Wales. Cement made at Aberthaw has contributed to some of Wales’ most significant construction projects of recent time, including Pembroke Power Station, The Millennium Centre and home of the Welsh Government - The Senedd, both in Cardiff Bay.

For more information on Aberthaw Cement Plant visit the website www.tarmac.com/aberthaw-plant

Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant creates a buzz in local library

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