History of MDT

Mumbles Development Trust (MDT) was founded in 1999 and over the past 17 years has successfully organised and managed many diverse projects that have benefited the community. The Trust relies on volunteer support and grant funding has been essential to these projects. Past projects have included:

  • Cydcoed Scheme: MDT received a grant of £245,217 from the Cydcoed scheme to undertake works to nine urban woodland sites. Sites included Washing House Brooke, Peel Wood and Oystermouth Castle Woods which for the past few years has been awarded a Green Flag Award by Keep Britain Tidy. Cydcoed was a Forestry Commission Wales grant programme. The project ran from December 2005 to June 2008.
  • Mumbles Mostly Jazz and Blues Festival: Established in 2005, the festival took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend at Southend Gardens, Mumbles. Over 7 years, the festival attracted international talent which included Maggie Bell of Stone the Crows, top European combo and North American favourite the Ana Popovic Band, as well as the popular local band The Amigos. Admiral were festival sponsors from 2006 – 2011. The festival worked with Swansea Jazzland and Swansea Music Arts and Dance (M.A.D).
  • Mumbles Local History Centre at Ty Hanes: Ty Hanes was based at the MDT premises at 4 Dunns Lane and was run as a partnership between the Trust and volunteers from Oystermouth Historical Association. Ty Hanes was opened in August 2002 with a grant from Bachdor Bro and over 7 years housed extensive exhibitions on various aspects of the history of Mumbles. The Centre carried out research, recorded memories, collected photographs and contributed history articles to the Mumbles Matters
  • Mumbles Matters Newspaper: For many years the Trust produced a quarterly award winning newspaper which kept readers up to date with the Trust’s activities and local news. In more recent years the newspaper changed to an online blog, thus reaching a wider audience.
  • Mumbles Way Walk: The Mumbles Way Walk, a 6.5km route through parts of Mumbles and West Cross, was developed by MDT and a self-guided walk leaflet was produced. MDT, along with the Wildlife Trust and Mumbles Tourist Association, also ran guided walks and events. The Mumbles Way Walk was now a popular walk which was included in the Gower Walking Festival.
  • Broadleaf Woodland Enterprise: BWE, a social enterprise, was created through the Cydcoed Scheme. Activities included: woodland management, holding woodland events, educational activities with local schools, woodland walks and talks. Partnering with the Local Authority’s Social Services section, BWE worked with people with enduring mental health problems, who made products for sale using wood generated from woodland management.
  • Mumbles Green Action Team (MGAT): The Trust set up MGAT, a group of local volunteers, to look after local woodland areas. Woodland management work includes tree planting and overseeing the general upkeep of the local woodland sites. Over the years work has been carried out in association with Environment Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, Heritage Lottery and the City and County of Swansea.
  • Mumbles Twinning Association: MDT were contributors to the Mumbles Twinning Association between Mumbles, Hennebont in France and Kinsale in Ireland.