The new woodland will provide over 60,000 trees. They will be planted across 30 hectares of the site and as well as mixed broadleaves trees there will be some fruit trees and ornamental species included in the project.
Local residents, community groups and schools throughout the Upper Llynfi Valley, will be given the opportunity to take part in tree planting days commencing in winter 2015.
The first phase of the project, financed through the Welsh Government Nature Fund, will concentrate on tree planting and a network of paths.
Later phases will include a range of bespoke health trails, sculptures, ponds and a green gym, offering a place for people to relax, exercise and socialise in a tranquil woodland setting. The woodland will also improve the landscape of the Llynfi valley.
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The Minister for Natural Resources announced that Llynfi Valley Community Woodland is to be funded by the Welsh Government’s £6m Nature Fund which was formally opened in June (2014). The Nature Fund supports practical action to improve Wales’ environment and builds on the £1.5m that is supporting practical action under the Resilient Ecosystems Fund.
This project will see £627,000 being invested in the Llynfi Valley to develop the Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washery sites. This will fund the creation of new woodlands that will improve biodiversity and absorb pollution, as well as new biking and walking trails to encourage people living locally to spend more time outside and increase their levels of activity.
The project, led by Natural Resources Wales, has been heralded as a ‘green prescription’ to help improve health and fitness levels for people living in the area.
Orchard tree planting will take place on:
Saturday 6th February 2016
10am till 12pm
1pm till 3pm
As part of National Tree week we would like to invite to you join us for a time of tree planting, campfire and toasted marshmallows on the new Llynfi Community Woodland site!
Tree planting will take place on the following dates:
Saturday 5th December 2015
10am till 12pm
Sunday 6th December 2015
10am till 12pm
12.30pm till 2.30pm
Actif Woods Wales – is a project funded by the Big Lottery and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) that improves health and well-being by getting people active in local woodlands. It has now been running for 4 years and is hoping to expand to Bridgend– funding has been approved by NRW and we are applying to others to support this. We work with local partners to find out what people would like to do and where and then provide free training and activities – we need your input to guide this.
Please come along to a taster event on Thursday 27th August at Maesteg Rugby Football Club:
1. Find out about the project
2. Try some woodland taster activities
3. Give input to where and what Actif Woods should do in Maesteg
Plans to develop a brand new community woodland on the former Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washery sites are underway.
Over the past nine months, Natural Resources Wales has been working closely with individuals, community groups, organisations and schools throughout the Upper Llynfi Valley to develop plans to transform the former industrial site into a fantastic resource which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities throughout the local area and beyond.
The first phase of the project, financed through the Welsh Government Nature Fund, will incorporate mixed broadleaf planting and paths. Later phases will include a range of bespoke health trails, sculptures, ponds and a green gym, offering a place for people to relax, exercise and socialise in a tranquil woodland setting.
As Project Officer, on behalf of Natural Resources Wales, I would like to invite you to join us for a walk over the site where we will explain the plans for the site that have been developed with the community to date.
The walks will be held on the following dates, commencing outside the Dyffryn Hotel, Coegnant Road, Maesteg, CF34 OTD
Thursday 9th July, 6pm till 7.30pm
Saturday 11th July, 10.30am till 12.30pm
Friday 17th July, 10.30am till 12.30pm
Please note that the walk will take approximately 2 hours to complete and will involve walking over rough terrain in places. Therefore it is advisable that suitable footwear and clothing should be worn.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Llynfi Valley Project Officer