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Small Woods Wales partner woodland takes top awards at Royal Welsh Show

July 2019. Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) partner woodland, Warren Woods in Bodfari in Denbighshire has achieved the accolade of ‘Best Community Woodland in Wales’ in the Welsh National Woodlands Competition 2015-2019. Presented at the 100th Anniversary Royal Welsh Show 2019, this well deserved award recognises significant service to the community.

Home to the Woodland Skills Centre, Warren Woods hosts the Actif Woods Wales programme for Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, set up by Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales).

The Welsh National Woodlands Competition 2015-2019 gives awards each year in 9 different categories covering young and established woodlands of broadleaf and coniferous trees. In 2016 Warren Woods won the gold medal and first prize for Community Woodland with public access. This year all the regional winners of the last 3 years went head to head to decide the outright National winners, with the Woodland Skills Centre being named the winner in the Community Woodland category.

There was then a further award, sponsored by the Royal Forestry Society of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, when all the national winners were considered and one woodland was selected as the best entry of all. This award went to Woodland Skills Centre and Warren Woods.

To coincide, the Woodland Skills Centre has Green Flag Award 2019/2020, and featured on the BBC Radio Wales Country Focus programme (28 July 2019). Press

The Woodland Skills Centre site is in the heart of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and comprises 40 acres of the Warren Woods which are managed for people, wildlife and profit. The site also includes a further 10 acres with arboretum, vineyard, allotments, medicinal herb garden, heritage orchard, wildflower meadows, apiary, polytunnels, tree nursery, workshops and energy-efficient timber-frame buildings.

The Centre is run by a community-owned, not-for-profit Social Enterprise company and holds around 70 courses a year in traditional crafts, art, countryside management and mindfulness. The Centre also runs live music, poetry and drama events and events for children and families. During the week the Centre runs a wide-ranging Social Prescribing programme working with people of all ages with various learning and physical and mental health challenges.

The Centre welcomes the awards as a strong indication that woodlands are not just about timber production but have a big role to play in carbon capture, wildlife, air and water quality, tourism, social events and health and well-being.

(Further details from Woodland Skills Centre. Any photos can be taken from www.woodlandskillscentre.uk or on request from the Centre.)

Canolfan Crefftau’r Goedwig

Woodland Skills Centre

The Warren, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DT

tel day 01745 710626 – mobile 07711 472033

e-mail enquiries@woodlandskillscentre.co.uk www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk

Woodland Skills Centre is part of Social Enterprise Company Warren Woods Ltd

Registered in Wales Company number 07176786