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Restoring the link between people and woodlands

Connecting People and Nature

An exciting project in the rural wards of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

Coed Lleol are partnering with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales for a 3 year project in Merthyr Tydfil called ‘Connecting People and Nature’.

With support from Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme, we are running activities in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough council owned sites to engage with the local communities of Bedlinog, Vaynor, Bryngoleu and Gellideg.

We will be encouraging local people to access these green spaces with the aim of benefiting the health of the landscape, individuals and the community.

Our aims at the sites are to:

  1. Practical conservation and habitat management works
  2. Wildlife surveys and training
  3. Crafts and activities such as green woodworking, willow weaving and mindfulness
  4. A 12 week programme using woodland activities to improve people’s health
  5. Each site will have a management plan written detailing actions to be taken over the 3 years following the project. In order to safeguard the sites for continued community use in the future we will work towards having the sites designated as Local Nature Reserves. This will give them permanent legal protection as wildlife havens and community spaces.

We are keen to work with the whole of the community with the 4 wards, to ensure that the sites are used effectively for all and as such, we would welcome suggestions from everyone.

We always welcome local volunteers to get involved in conservation work on each of the sites. If you like the sound of activities such as litter picking, scrub clearance, wildlife surveys and building bird boxes, then why not get involved and get in touch?

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer on the project please contact Anna Stickland by email: annastickland@smallwoods.org.uk or on 07765 213514.

More information about the Connecting People and Nature project can also be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ConnectingPeopleandNature