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The Pelican delivering Organic values

Exciting times are afoot in Roath, Cardiff, where Wales' only Welsh medium organic nursery has opened for business this week. The Pelican nursery is sited on the premises of an old school and will eventually have room to accommodate up to 70 children. For Mari and Andrea, the owners, it's a long-time dream come true, as they are both passionate about healthy eating, organic and local food and about the future of the Welsh language in the capital city.

“We combined both of our interests to create a business which very much plugs a gap in the market” said Mari who is also the Communications Manager for Cynnal Cymru.

“There was a scarcity of Welsh language child care this side of Cardiff, but we were also determined to take a holistic approach to the whole project. Andrea and I have always taken our food very seriously and as a result of ill health had opted for an organic and macrobiotic diet which has had a very positive effect on both our health and lifestyles.

“We have always placed an emphasis on sourcing organic seasonal and local food for health and ethical reasons, and as we developed our plans for the nursery we decided to roll out the ethical element to create a safe, eco-friendly environment for the children in our care. All our toys are made of wood and are fairtrade and we have used a lot of reclaimed and recycled elements to renovate the building. “
Andrea wanted to provide the highest quality meals for the children in their care, and set good eating habits avoiding the introduction of processed foods and the addictive qualities of sugar.

“We want to apply old fashioned values to food as it is the fuel that shapes the next generation. All food is cooked on site and bought at Roath Farmers' market and also from Blaencamel Organic Farm in the Aeron valley. “
So it seems that parents in Cardiff are getting more switched onto the benefits of healthy eating and opting for organic produce. They want to be reassured that their children are being fed properly in their absence as good nutrition plays such an important part in a child's growth and development and should be an essential factor in the education and care industries.

Is this another sign that the organic sector is on the up after suffering a steep decline during the global recession? The interest in organics is growing, business is increasing and new ones, like Y Pelican are taking the plunge. Hopefully the future is bright due to consumers wanting to know where their food comes from, that it is pesticide free and has a high standard of integrity.

So where does the Pelican come into the equation?

“I spent a lot of time as a child at my gran's house in Trimsaran in the Gwendraeth valley “, said Mari. “In past times it had been a pub called the Pelican, so I thought it would be a fitting tribute to my gran as the name held so many happy memories.”

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