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Restoring the link between people and woodlands

Who are we?

Coed Lleol aims to ‘reconnect people and woodlands in Wales’ and has a track record of successful project management over a decade, beginning in 2002 with a large EU-funded project ‘Local Woods’ which ran a number of public and community woodland events.  Subsequent projects included a Community Woodland project to kick start a support network for community woodland groups.   Coed Lleol is the Welsh branch of the Small Woods Association, a national charity and company limited by guarantee.  Formed in 1988 as the national organisation for small woodlands, it has a significant track record in managing social forestry projects, as well as projects to promote sustainable management of small woodlands for social, environmental and economic benefit, including coppice and woodfuel projects. Coed Lleol is run from an office in Machynlleth, mid Wales, with the support of senior managers and a finance team at the Small Woods headquarters at Ironbridge near Telford.
Coed Lleol has successfully delivered health and wellbeing activities in woodlands since 2010, through our Actif Woods Wales programme.  In 2013 funding was secured from the Big Lottery People and Places programme and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to run Actif Woods Wales activities in five areas of Wales, including areas suffering from high deprivation: Neath Port Talbot, Treherbert, Anglesey, Wrexham, and Aberystwyth.
We have staff in each project location including Treherbert and Neath Port Talbot. Coed Lleol is supported by a steering group of representatives from a wide range of Wales-wide public and non-governmental organisations in the community, health and environmental sector organisations including Public Health Wales, the National Exercise Referral Scheme, Community Development Cymru, the Woodland Trust, Wildlife Trusts and Natural Resources Wales.
For more information see OUR HISTORY and the local project pages:
ABERYSTWYTH
ANGLESEY
NEATH PORT TALBOT
TREHERBERT
WREXHAM

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