MOSAIC Community Champions from across Wales came together in St Davids recently to celebrate the achievements of a project, which has seen more than 2,000 people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities introduced to National Parks.

They took part in Oriel y Parc’s annual Dragon Parade on February 28, which saw them parade through the city with local school children and care in the community.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Discovery Team Leader, Graham Peake said: “The Community Champions should be proud of their contribution to making Wales’ National Parks more accessible to BME communities in Wales.”

The Champions, who are based in Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, have organised a range of trips and events around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park over the life of the project, from bush craft and arts workshops to training sessions in walk leading, map reading and fundraising.

Mosaic Project Officer, Pat Gregory added: “So many of the people who have visited Pembrokeshire on trips organised by the Champions have never been here before. Talking to any of them it's clear how inspiring they've found the landscape, the space and being active outdoors.

“The Mosaic project is about access to the wonderful National Parks of Wales for all the people of Wales. But beyond that, it's about experiencing the sense of freedom and well-being that that brings, and understanding how important it is for all of us to protect these landscapes.”

Mosaic is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s People and Places programme, with contributions from the Welsh National Park Authorities and the YHA. The project comes to an end this month.