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The team at Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) is growing! Meet Sophia our new Publicity Coordinator


Two weeks ago I started as Publicity Co-ordinator at Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales), stepping into the big shoes of Jane Baker who has become the Publicity Co-ordinator for Small Woods.

It was through living in the woods that I came across the fantastic work that Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) are doing. First, I became a member of Small Woods to learn from the experts on how to best tend to our little wood. Through Small Woods I found Coed Lleol and I felt like the organisation was reading my mind! Two and a half years ago I moved to a small woodland plot with a house to renovate. I am loving exploring all the new skills required and the fantastic benefits of living in a wood. I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, as I simply love to learn new things – so this new environment is a wonderland for me.

Daily I feel the benefits of connecting to nature – it calms me when my mind is tired and racing and it provides me with the space to mull things over. Not to mention being the most beautiful venue for all the daft outdoor sports I enjoy. Nature has become a luxury, when perhaps it should be considered a necessity for human physical and mental well-being.

I am so very happy to be Coed Lleol’s new Publicity Co-ordinator, as it has been working for the past 10 years on connecting people to nature and proving it’s benefits. I would like to play a small part in helping to make the wisdom of social prescribing and social forestry ‘the social norm’. To help the organisation get its knowledge and advice ‘out there’ to allow everyone to appreciate the value woodlands offer – environmentally, socially and economically. Having worked in the environmental sector for over 10 years, I hope I can offer the skills and enthusiasm to help make this happen.

When not in the woods I have a penchant for cooking for a crowd, reading, yoga and listening to music. I love anything that takes me outdoors from kayaking, to mountain climbing, to running.

Coed Lleol run community health and wellbeing activities across Wales running projects in: Anglesey; Carmathen; Ceredigion; Flintshire and Denbighshire; Gwynedd; Wrexham; Merythr Tydfil; Neath Port Talbot; Rhondda Cynon Taf and; Swansea.

I am lucky to be starting with lots of brilliant new team members. Meet the rest of the team here.