Partner woodland takes top awards at the Royal Welsh Show 2019
In July 2019, Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) partner woodland, Warren Woods in Bodfari in Denbighshire 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 our Actif Woods Wales programme for Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, set up by Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales). Read more.
BBC Radio Wales Country Focus
On 28 July 2019 BBC Radio Wales also featured partner organisation the Woodland Skills Centre in their Country Focus programme.
“A Community Woodland for All. The Woodland Skills Centre, an award winning woodland in Denbighshire that’s managed for both people and wildlife. In the heart of the Clwydian Range is the Woodland Skills Centre – 50 acres of woodland that’s trying to get as many people to enjoy the woodlands as possible. They run a range of courses from woodland management to traditional crafts. They run courses for all, from the young to community groups; they have allotments and run a small camp site. It’s a not-for-profit enterprise set up by Rod Waterfield and his son Alan and daughter, Helen have gone on to set up Bodfari Environmental – a small woodland business.”
Available for a limited time only: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000751v
Woodland Skills Centre Achieves Green Flag Award 2019/2020
In July 2019, the Woodland Skills Centre in Denbighshire also achieved the Green Flag Award 2019/2020.
Extracts from the Assessor’s report said:
- Excellent use of sustainable materials throughout the site. The construction of the centre buildings is a credit to the work carried out on site and an accurate reflection of the philosophy of the organisation.
- An excellent example of sustainable conservation in practice. Affiliation with partner organisations such as the Wildlife Trust strengthens the credibility of the site.
- The conservation of traditional skills and techniques should be applauded, as should the inclusion of a heritage orchard to provide refuge for a range of fruit varieties with local provenance.
- The development of a medicinal herb garden is a wonderful concept and a great way to involve visitors in an interesting and practical field of horticulture.
- The inclusion of social prescribing is a model that should be commended and replicated across the country, as an additional care method for the wide range of users with complex mental and emotional support needs.
- The Woodland Skills Centre is a rich and varied site that is carrying out fantastic work from both a social engagement and biodiversity/conservation aspect. It is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a site is developed and managed with clear objectives in mind and a focus on sustainable practices.
Congratulations to all the staff and volunteers at the Woodland Skills Centre for all your hard work.
Welsh Assembly Member Applauds Merthyr Tydfil Nature Project
In April 2019 Dawn Bowden AM, for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney visited our work in Merthyr Tydfil. Read about her visit. In June 2019 , speaking to the Environment Minister, she publicly praised our Actif Woods Wales programme for connecting people and their local environment.
I had the opportunity to ask the Environment Minister about biodiversity in the constituency and to thank several local projects for their efforts to protect and manage our local environment: Royal Crescent allotments, Merthyr anglers, Actif woodlands, local schools as beekeepers – there are many others. I also sought a response about invasive non-native species which affect our environment. Watch here.
Posted by Dawn Bowden AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney on Wednesday, 19 June 2019
S4C Ffit Cymru
Research and Stories
Our research into woodland health and wellbeing has also been featured in various publications including
- Broadleaf – the members magazine for the Woodland Trust
- Small Woods – members magazine
- Public Health Network Cymru Bulletin – regularly
Keep Britain Tidy
“Keep Wales Tidy are proud to support with Actif Woods Anglesey as we know the positive impact a beautiful natural environment can have on well-being. Over the years Actif Woods Anglesey have offered brilliant opportunities for people to get involved in practically managing the countryside and we look forward to continuing this work with them.” Gruff Jones, Rheolwr Rhanbarthol Gogledd Cymru, Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus
Radio Bronglais FM 87.8 – Jane Baker, Coed Lleol Publicity Officer, is interviewed by Aberytwyth Hospital Radio talking about about Coed Lleol and the Actif Woods Wales programme (listen from 6 minutes to 40 minutes).
Disability Sports Wales – a short film about Anglesey Woodland Mentor, John Pritchard, nominated for an award for his services to the community
S4C TV (Heno)
Our Woodland Mentor John Pritchard speaking about Actif Woods Wales activities in Anglesey at the woodland site at Tyddyn Mon (www.tyddynmon.co.uk):
For press enquiries contact:
Jane Baker – Coed Lleol Publicity Co-ordinator (Tues and Thurs only)
01654 700061 ext. 22 (Main office)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CoedLleol and pages for each Actif Woods Wales area.
Interviews, visits and images can all be arranged on request.
Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) has been featured regularly in the press over the years. Below are a selection of some of the articles about our work. Publications that have featured us include the Telegraph, the South Wales Evening Post, the Wrexham Leader, the Cambrian News, the Glamorgan Gazette and the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
Actif Woods Wales programme in Anglesey (on YouTube)