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Merthyr Tydfil

Coed Lleol support woodland activity groups in Merthyr Tydfil as part of our Actif Woods Wales programme and Connecting People and Nature Project.

Join us for woodland activities

Merthyr Tydfil Celebration Event – Thursday 14 March 2019

Venue: Canolfan in Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil. 10am – 2pm.

Click here for Welsh poster – Cymraeg

This March and April Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) are hosting nine local Spring events to celebrate our thriving Actif Woods Wales programme. Taking place across Wales, these free events will include woodland workshops, tasty campfire cooking, inspiring stories of change and more. There will also be an opportunity for individuals and community organisations to share ideas and help shape the future of woodland health and wellbeing activities locally. Activities will vary in each local area, and may cover the themes of health and wellbeing, woodland skills and woodland conservation. Where possible activities will be co-led by Coed Lleol staff, partner organisations and existing Actif Woods Wales participants: Read more.

To book a place – contact Carys Solman – Woodland Mentor for Merthyr Tydfil – actifwoodsmerthyr@smallwoods.org.uk / 07387 738 607

Actif Woods Wales programme (AWW):

Our Actif Woods Wales programme focuses on woodland health and wellbeing activities with and for people:

Woodland Crafts – Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, 10am – 1pm. Cyfarthfa Park. Free woodland crafts for all abilities!

Our Woodcraft Group meets to do a variety of fun outdoor activities.  All aimed at improving people’s health and wellbeing and allowing people to explore new skills. Including – green woodwork, gentle exercise, wildlife walks, crafts, foraging, mindfulness. See poster below for more information. Contact Carys for more information actifwoodsmerthyr@smallwoods.org.uk, 07387 738 607

Walking Group – Fridays

10am – 11am every Friday.  Meet at the Bothy, Cyfarthfa Park. 

A brisk walk and chat to clear out the cobwebs.  Route varies.  £2 per walk. Meet outside the Bothy at 10am (next to the car park and greenhouses). Contact Carys for more information actifwoodsmerthyr@smallwoods.org.uk, 07387 738 607

3-day OCN accredited courses in Safe Use of Hand Tools (OCN Level 1).

Free three day courses.

These Open College Network courses are free and for people aged 25+ years who are not currently in work, and aim to improve skills and employability, as well as benefiting health and wellbeing by getting people outdoors, trying new things and meeting people.  They are suitable for those with little experience of tool use, and will mostly involve green-wood work. The OCN courses will run every month, or can be delivered bespoke for existing groups.

Contact Anna for details by emailing: annastickland@smallwoods.org.uk

Connecting People and Nature Project (CPAN):

Coed Lleol and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales were successful in a joint funding bid from the Rural Development Fund. We have funding for 3 years to work specifically on four sites within the rural wards of Merthyr Tydfil – Bedlinog, Vaynor, Bryngolau and Gellideg. The aim of the project is to involve the whole community in using the sites and for the sites themselves to be improved and hopefully designated as LNR’s (Local Nature Reserves). Activities include a seasonal community days (four a year), environmental volunteer days, school activities and one-off events. 2019 activities:

Regular activities:

Community Events

Half Term Volunteering/Activity Days – Birdbox making and woodland management

Free and Open to all! 10am – 1pm:

Contact Anna for details about Connecting People and Nature activities by emailing: annastickland@smallwoods.org.uk . See posters below for more information.

Family Fun Days to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Parc Taf Bargoed

See green poster below for details of activities.

Find us on Facebook

Have a look at our Facebook page for regular updates and photos from the groups and activities!

Actif Woods Wales Merthyr: www.facebook.com/ActifWoodsMerthyr

Connecting People and Nature: www.facebook.com/ConnectingPeopleandNature

Get in touch


Contact us if you are interested in getting  involved in our projects in Merthyr Tydfil, either as a partner organisation, participant or woodland activity provider.

Carys Solman (right) – Woodland Mentor: Actif Woods Wales Merthyr Tydfil
07387 738 607

Anna Stickland (left) – Project Officer: Connecting People and Nature (CPAN)
07765 213514


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Woodland Crafts – Tuesdays, Cyfarthfa Park

OCN Woodland Crafts and Training for Beginners – Tuesdays

Free three day courses in January and February 2019:

Volunteer Activity Days

Family Fun Days to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Parc Taf Bargoed


Woodland Activity programme (PDF)

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