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Slebech Park: Rosemary Davies is newest member of the team

Slebech Park: Rosemary Davies is newest member of the team

PEMBROKE DOCK resident Rosemary Davies is one of the latest South West Workways participants to successfully gain employment with support from the EU funded project. Thirty eight year old Rosemary is now employed as Assistant Gardener at Slebech Park, a 400 year old estate set at the heart of the Pembrokeshire’s National Park near Haverfordwest. The estate is a mixture of arable, livestock, meadows and woodlands and also has graceful restaurant dining, kitchen gardens and relaxing accommodation facilities.

Workways is backed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The project is led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils. Following a period of five years as a full time mother, Rosemary was keen to get back to work. She got in touch with the Pembrokeshire Workways team, who support people to overcome the barriers which prevent them from finding work. Rosemary already had fourteen years of work experience in an outdoor setting, and had studied Environmental Studies in college. It was clear that Rosemary wanted to get back into the same working environment, but not having a suitable CV, childcare and working hours were proving an obstacle in getting back in to the workplace.

Rosemary said “I love working in the outdoors, I have gained a diverse range of skills over the years in the field of forestry, countryside and estate management. I was so keen to use this knowledge again, but having been out of work for many years, I was struggling. “I’d never had a full CV or had a formal interview before. As soon as I signed up to Workways, the team started straight away to help in any way possible. The fact that the project caters for people’s individual needs is so important. The assistance I received was invaluable.” While signed up to Workways, Rosemary was assigned a one-to-one Mentor to identify her barriers and suggest ways of improving her chances of employment.

“I’d never really had a full CV before, and having gained some jobs through word of mouth, I’d never really had a formal job interview before. This was a little daunting, but the Workways staff did so much work with me and helped a lot with improving my interview techniques. Jobsearch sessions were so helpful too,” said Rosemary Workways were also able to assist Rosemary in gaining a First Aid Certificate and completing a course in the safe use of a garden strimmer. Soon after, Rosemary started a temporary job as a gardener at nearby Scolton Manor. With increased confidence, Rosemary continued to jobsearch in the hope of finding a permanent post. A vacancy became available for an Assistant Gardener at Slebech Park, and Rosemary was successful in the application process and was offered the position. “I couldn’t believe I got the job.

I can’t thank the Workways team enough for all that they did. “This is such a unique opportunity. To be able to work in such beautiful surroundings is amazing. There’s so much history belonging to the estate, I’m constantly learning new things. “It’s a great environment to work in, and my employer has been so supportive in allowing me to work around my children and school hours.” said Rosemary. Slebech Park Operations Manager, David Bleay said “It has been a pleasure to welcome Rosemary to the Slebech Park team, she works hard and always has a beaming smile for staff and guests alike. “What we offer in terms of experience regarding her gardening work we believe is a chance to learn a vast range of skills simply because of the diversity of the business, not only being a working estate but also the kitchen gardens and landscaping that the hotel business requires. “Best of all Rosemary has the chance to be mentored by an extremely experienced and highly skilled gardener and wood turner, head gardener Bruce Wright, with some 45 years in the field, and she has relished the opportunity given.”

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Freeport status ‘key’ to unlocking potential



FREEPORT status for Pembroke Port could unlock a multitude of employment and economic opportunities for the local area.

That’s the belief of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Senedd candidate Samuel Kurtz.

While freeports are a Westminster policy, the Welsh Government are involved in the process but they have been far from enthusiastic over its potential benefits. 

Commenting, Cllr Samuel Kurtz said: “Freeport status for Pembroke Port would turbo charge the recovery of the local economy, helping to boost employment opportunities for people in Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and the local area.
“That fact that the Labour government in Cardiff have sat on their hands over freeports, while England has already announced its freeport locations, shows the party has little regard for helping the economy recover and grow. 
“This is a key policy that shouldn’t be overlooked simply because of party politics. Recovering from the effects of the pandemic needs collaborative work between Cardiff, London and local authorities.”  

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Port of Milford Haven confirms compliance with National Marine Safety Code



THE PORT OF MILFORD HAVEN has confirmed its compliance with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).

The confirmation comes following an audit by leading maritime consultants ABPmer.

The Port Marine Safety Code is a national standard that applies to all harbour authorities. The Code and its accompanying guidance provide an essential toolbox to ensure the control of risk and the maintenance of safety in ports and in the marine environment.

Port of Milford Haven’s Harbourmaster and Marine Director Mike Ryan is proud of the Port’s continued compliance with the Code.

“This is further endorsement and confirmation of everyone’s commitment here at the Port of Milford Haven to providing a safe operation for all port users,” said Mike.

Monty Smedley, ABPmer’s Lead PMSC Auditor, who conducted the audit, said: “I am very pleased to confirm to the Port of Milford Haven’s Board that their harbour operations demonstrated compliance with the requirements of the Code, with many examples that we considered to be industry best practice.”

The MCA’s Ports and VTS Policy Manager, James Hannon, who leads PMSC compliance for the UK government said: “The Code is recognised across the industry and has been developed in partnership by the UK government and industry over the last two decades. The resources set out how ports can assess risks, design safety management systems, and also install governance processes to ensure that a Designated Person is able to evaluate controls and report directly to port duty holders and boards.”

The Port of Milford Haven’s Board formally declares its compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code to the MCA every three years.

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Pembrokeshire business encourages others to take advantage of free courses



IN LIGHT of the recent Welsh Government announcement on the re-opening of the Welsh tourism sector, Wales. A Food Destination is running a number of masterclass sessions tailored for the hospitality sector.

Wales. A Food Destination is a project which specialises in supporting retail and hospitality businesses to source, serve and sell Welsh food and drink through cafes, restaurants, shops, farmers markets, food festivals, B&B’s and tourist attractions.

Throughout April virtual workshop sessions will take place, covering a variety of areas such as local food and drink pairing, breakfast menu inspiration, how to offer the best customer experience possible, through to creating an authentic local eating experience, with a particular focus on sourcing local ingredients.

According to Laura Alexander, co-coordinator for Wales. A Food Destination, the aim is to give a helping hand to those in the sector looking to source, serve and sell Welsh food in a post Covid world,

“It is great that we are able to offer such a diverse range of training opportunities to hospitality businesses in Wales as the sector prepares to re-open. We know that a lot of businesses have been closed for a long time now, and are looking forward to re-opening and refreshing what they have to offer. We are keen to support them with opportunities for learning.

“The masterclass sessions will hopefully assist businesses in recognising how our first rate produce can make their offer even more attractive and help in boosting the sector at such a crucial time.”

One business who have benefitted from attending one of the recent workshops is Melin Tregwynt, based in Haverfordwest.

“It was great to take the time to look at what we can do to prepare for whatever re-opening throws our way this year. Also to be able to access such a brilliant resource of recipes, information and ideas. Thank you to all involved in delivering these courses.”

The good news is that all courses are delivered virtually and are fully funded for any business who sources, serves and sells Welsh food.

For a full list of courses available, please visit

Wales. A Food Destination project offers fully funded one-to-one consultations, so if you are a retail and hospitality business and are looking for support or advice then please contact Laura Alexander at

Wales. A Food Destination is a project funded by the Welsh Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Its aim is to support businesses source, serve and sell Welsh Food & Drink.

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