Green Flag Award

Caerphilly Woodlands Trust awarded Green Flag Community Award

Coed y Werin, a local Woodland on the edge of Caerphilly has been awarded a Green Flag Community Award – an accolade which officially makes it one of the best green spaces in the country.

Avril Owen, Chair of the Caerphilly Woodlands Trust said: “This award recognises and highlights the tremendous effort invested by trustees, members and volunteers – and those efforts go on to benefit visitors and Caerphilly in general with a wonderful green space of the very highest standard and quality so I’m thrilled to receive this award on behalf of our group”.  

Coed y Werin is privately owned by the Caerphilly Woodlands Trust and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  The land, once known as ‘the claypits’ renamed ‘Coed y Werin’ – ‘Peoples Woods’, was purchased by the Trust in 2002 to prevent the site from being used as landfill.   The clay was extracted and transported a short distance away for making bricks at Wernddu Brickworks (where now only one brick chimney stack remains, a grade II listed building)

Today Coed y Werin is now a rich terrestrial habitat for wildlife, home and safe haven to some of the most endangered species in the UK which are all carefully managed by the group’s members and volunteers. A place where one can learn new skills, meet new people and stay fit doing practical and enjoyable work in the fresh air in one of the trust’s work parties

In addition to the woodlands many trees, flora and fauna, Coed y Werin has many charming spaces to explore.  You may wish to sit aside the long pond, one of two ponds on the site, and skim a pebble or two. Or perhaps stop a moment in the tranquillity of ‘waterfall way’, a popular attraction for solace and to just sit and contemplate. Maybe meander over the old brick bridge that once straddled the now hidden and long forgotten 24-inch narrow gauge track that in the not so distant past ferried clay to make bricks at the Wernddu brickworks of which many local miners houses were built before the company ceased production in 1951.

Perhaps the more adventurous would seek out the geocache secreted within the Woods but whatever your motivation you’ll find Coed y Werin a magical place to visit be it to help wind down from the rigours of a busy working day or to briskly blow away life’s cobwebs.

On Sunday 26 August 2018 the Trust will be holding an open event aimed at encouraging children young and not so young to get outdoors and learn more about our Woodland and countryside, the natural seasons for Woods and it’s inhabitants. The free event ‘The Enchanted Woods’ will take place in Coed y Werin and whilst children, accompanied by their parents, are searching for the fairies, elves and perhaps the odd dragon that live within the Woods, they’ll also be learning about our diverse native Woodland species that live amongst the wildflowers, fungi, fruits, seeds and most importantly nature’s intricate ever perpetuating cycle of life.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. It is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said:   “We’re delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales. All the flags flying at community sites are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of local volunteers who work tirelessly to raise the standard of our green spaces. I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the fantastic facilities we have on our doorstep.”

Sunday Jan 10th 2016

We came along to try and do a little work but the weather put a stop to that. Still, had a pleasant walk around with Marge and Simon. Good to see the heathers planted in ‘Guideling Bank’ are still there after all the ceaseless rain. Also the area isn’t too badly flooded so hopefully the hundreds of natural foxgloves here should give a good show in the summer. One benefit of the rain is that the various falls are at their best. Always something new to see, first time I’ve seen a ‘Honey Fungus’ – think that’s what it is – let me know if its not please.

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Sunday Dec 17th 2015

20151220_115301A few of us made a small start on some pathways to the south side/far end of the woodlands – near the ‘S-bend’ of Cefn Carnau lane. This is the area that in 2004 we had a family tree planting day and planted a few hundred saplings of various types of tree. 10 to 11 years later the area has flourished well but access to the public is a little bit challenging, so we’ll try to open it up a little – sensitively of course. Here’s a photo showing the team standing by 3 oaks that were grown from acorns by my children.

They were, maybe, 3ft saplings in 2004, now they vary from 7ft to 12ft I guess – perhaps because the richness of the soil they’re in is variable over even this small area? Hope they’re still there in a couple of hundred years.

Vernon