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Restoring the link between people and woodlands


Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) connects people and nature the woodland way. We help individuals and woodlands in Wales to flourish and grow through woodland activities, events and training in their local areas, with a focus on health and wellbeing.

Contact Amie Andrews, Coed Lleol Manager, for more information about any of the following projects – Contact Us.

Ongoing Projects

Actif Woods Wales

Since 2010. Our flagship woodland health & wellbeing programme runs in nine areas of Wales working with adults to improve mental & physical health through physical activity, and woodland skill development. Since 2019 we also work with families & children & include nutrition activities. From bush craft to woodland walks, from conservation to campfire cooking, & from foraging to mindfulness and more. Working with local partner organisations in each area: Anglesey, Ceredigion, Flintshire & Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and Wrexham.

Working with Nature – Neath Port Talbot

Since 2016. Aimed at building the capacity of volunteers & community groups & encouraging them to take a more active role in the management of our local wild green spaces . Now within South Wales Green Infrastructure project working with Neath Port Talbot Council. See new projects below.

Connecting People and Nature (CPAN) – Merthyr Tydfil

Since 2017. A community engagement project encouraging access to local green spaces with the aim of benefitting the health of the landscape, individuals & the community. Council owned green spaces: Merthyr Vale Rural Ward, Cyfarthfa Ward, Bedlinog Ward, Vaynor Ward.

New Projects for 2019/2020

The following new projects are currently being developed by Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales):

Dyfi Biosphere Outdoor Health Network

Working with Ecodyfi to build a collaborative network of health, environmental & tourism practitioners in the Dyfi Biosphere area who will 1) Increase social prescribing opportunities & pilot outdoor nature-based activities.  2) Bring health & wellbeing opportunities to local people. 3) Improve the local environment. Complete our Referral Form. See our events page for forthcoming activities in the Dyfi Valley: Events

Green Health and Access – West Wales

1) Mapping green space provision against community needs.  2) Developing a code of practice for green health activity providers. 3) Raising the profile of social prescribing to health sector 4) Forming a network of green health practitioners, health sector referral organisations & relevant public bodies.

Connecting Green Infrastructure (GI) – South Wales

Forming a regional partnership to co-design GI to meet community needs & health, build ecosystem resilience & enhance biodiversity. Woodland creation, site management, health & wellbeing activities. With Camarthenshire, Swansea & Neath Port Talbot Country Councils Public Service Board, private sector & community input.

Lost Peatlands Project – Neath Port Talbot & Rhondda Cynon Taf

Building upon the habitat restoration funding from the largest onshore Windfarm in England & Wales. To kick-start the restoration of one of the largest interconnected peat resources in the UK, contributing towards tackling climate change, fire and flooding issues & declines in biodiversity. Whilst inspiring and empowering local communities and visitors to get outside, get healthier, discover and learn about the heritage on their doorstep and gain new skills.

Click on any of the pictures below to open our Projects Information PDF: