Community Mosaic Remembers Ammanford’s Mining Legacy

A community mosaic has been unveiled in Ammanford, celebrating the Marsh Fritillary and its connection to the city.

The mural, which can now be seen on the Old Cross Inn on Quay Street, was specially commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ammanford Lions Club.

People gathered on Quay Street, as the streets were packed for the unveiling of the mural on Thursday July 7.

Artist Dani Lee explained how the work of the city’s mining community helped ensure common sightings of the Marsh Fritillary across Ammanford.

“The miners chose to keep very small fields that were just big enough to graze a pony or a cow.

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“And it was the perfect habitat for a wildflower called Devil’s Bit Scabious, which has a beautiful purple flower that the Marsh Fritillary thrives on.

“While the butterfly has sadly started to disappear in other parts of the UK, it has remained a very common sight around Ammanford fields.”

People celebrate in Quay Street

Dani’s art studio Dani Lee Arts held several sessions where people participated and helped create the community mural.

Learners from Ysgol Bro Banw helped make some of the ceramic tiles seen in the mosaic.

“It was a great community event because it brought so many people together to work towards creating something for their city,” Dani said.

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