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A MURAL painted by a Vale of Glamorgan teenager has been unveiled at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The wall painting, by Barry 17-year-old Rose Stevens, was revealed at the at the botanic garden in Carmarthen on Tuesday.

Measuring 2.4m by 4.3m, the mural urges the nation to tackle climate change by depicting a brighter future for Wales through a cleaner environment.

It will now be on display throughout the year for visitors to enjoy near the children's and restaurant area of the botanic garden.

Rose said: "It feels like such an amazing achievement to see the mural hanging at the Botanic Garden.

"I'm so pleased with the final result."

Rose volunteered as a Climate Change Champion for the Welsh Government in 2010, and set herself the goal of creating something to highlight the actions people can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

The former pupil of Cathedral School, Llandaff, Cardiff, said: "My big ambition during my time as Climate Change Champion was to create a large, colourful climate change mural.

"The idea behind the mural was to create something that depicted a brighter future for Wales, full of images of various ways to reduce energy and shrink the nation's carbon footprint.

"I felt that a mural would be the perfect way to create something that acts as a constant reminder of climate change, while also sending a positive message of the steps people in Wales can take to reduce their carbon footprint."

Dr Rosetta Plummer, National Botanic Garden director, said: "We are really pleased to have this mural at the Garden.

"We actively support the Sustainability Charter in Wales and believe in getting the message across to everyone that plants, biodiversity, and the resources we all use will make a critical difference to future generations.

"It is excellent to see that point being put across in such a vibrant visual way," said Dr Plummer.

During her time as a Climate Change Champion, Rose took part in major Welsh events, such as the Hay Festival and the Start Festival at the Botanic Gardens, where she met Prince Charles.

Rose is now studying Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry AS-levels, with a view to working with the climate change department of Oxfam in the future.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Apr 6, 2012
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