Caerphilly Woodlands Trust had its 17th Annual Meeting on the 23rd February where after several years of steadfast and passionate leadership of our woods Avril Owen stepped down for a well earned break. Avril will still play a major role in driving forward the future of our woodland but taking over the helm Jayne Garland has committed to the task of stepping into Avril’s rather large shoes.
This past year has been a challenge for many but what has become clear is that nature rescued us during this pandemic where people sought sanctuary for their mental and physical health and wellbeing and we are determined to repay the favour by looking after our woodland and enhancing it further for our visitors and wildlife that live in our woods.
Click below to see and hear our message on thanks and support from our Patron Iolo Williams
The Award Winning Caerphilly Landscape Partnership is a collaborative project with Caerphilly County Borough Council and local community groups including Caerphilly Woodlands Trust, funded through the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Management Scheme which is part of the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
After many discussions were held with community groups, a multi-functional approach landscape masterplan, based on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, was created by WYG Landscape Architects, co-produced by working with Caerphilly County Borough Council and local community groups.
The plan was sensitively created to bring about making the landscapes work harder for all the diverse end-users, improving resilience to climate change and based on the resources available to manage the landscape in a sustainable and practical way.
Our project area was across a
diverse landscape surrounded by the densely populated urban areas of
Caerphilly, Cardiff and Newport. Our unique landscape has been and is under
pressure in relation to landscape management and recreational access. In many
ways our project area represents a microcosm of the South Wales landscape, a
landscape that needed to be better connected to urban areas, particularly St.
James which was ranked as the most deprived community in Wales in 2014
The study was directed and carried out by a WYG team of chartered landscape architects, working closely with us the community groups, CCBC and a GIS consultant. The study provided an ambitious set of proposals to facilitate a sustainable and collaborative approach to landscape management and public access, an approach thought to become an exemplar for sustainable landscape management in South Wales. Our plan, designed by WYG, was for practical application to provide meaningful benefit to people, landscape, heritage and ecology.
This collaborative approach developed a high degree of community and landowner buy in, resulting in a landscape managed in a collaborative and sustainable way to benefit biodiversity, heritage and the wellbeing of residents and visitors through improved access to landscape and nature and to tackle competing multiple priorities between different user groups to create a more resilient and multi-functional landscape.
The Masterplan produced by WYG was winner of the ‘Local Landscape Planning’ category at the Royal Chartered body Landscape Institute Awards (LIAwards 2019). The prestigious Awards Ceremony was held at the Troxy in London on Thursday 28th November where also attending, Sir David Attenborough was presented a lifetime achievement award for connecting people, place and nature around the world. The judges were astounded with the standards of entries and were delighted to be able to Award WYG recognition of their outstanding work.
Lee Morris, Director – WYG Architects said
“this was a complete team effort from start to finish, from the quality and ambition of the brief, the commitment and enthusiasm of the community groups together with the guidance and encouragement of the countryside’s team at CCBC”.
Caerphilly Woodlands Trust are taking part in the Coed Cadw @WoodlandTrust campaign to mobilize one million people to pledge from the 30th November to plant a tree. 🌳
You could be one in a million.
For our part we at Caerphilly Woodlands Trust have pledged to plant 100 trees and will be planting them on Sunday 1st December at Coed y Werin as part of the UK wide Woodland Trust campaign #BigClimateFightBack because #EveryTreeCounts
Every single tree really does count. If you can plant a tree, or want to get involved by joining us on Sunday 1st December, you will be part of a fantastic contribution to fight back against one of the biggest issues facing our generation today, climate change. You’ll literally be ONE IN A MILLION.
Help us fight for the future of the planet by being one in a million on the 1st December at Coed a Werin #Nature
In Partnership with the Woodland Trust and many other woodlands across the country we have pledged to plant trees as part of the ‘Big Climate Fightback’ which is why on the 1st December our volunteers will be planting 100 new bare root trees in Coed y Werin
Every tree counts
Trees are the ultimate multi-taskers, helping to combat the two environmental emergencies facing our planet: climate change and biodiversity loss.
They absorb carbon, fight flooding, reduce pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient.
Reducing our carbon emissions will never be enough. It’s vital we grow a UK-wide patchwork of trees and woods – not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration. The woods, hedges and green spaces we create buffer existing habitats, tackle climate change and reverse wildlife decline – all at the same time.
“so after opening your first door on your advent calendar come and join us in planting for the Big Climate Fightback at 10 o’clock in Coed y Werin”
Our 16th Annual General Meeting will be held this year at the United Reform Church, Van Road on Tuesday 26th November at 7pm.
All members are welcome if you would like to attend please rsvp our secretary on 07967 507326.
Why we volunteer at Coed y Werin
We are passionate about looking after our woodland and creating a haven for wildlife as well as a place for our community’s health and wellbeing. We are lucky to have some exceptional people who give their time and support to a wonderful place called Coed y Werin – Peoples Wood
We would just like to say a huge thank you to our volunteers for ‘naturalising’ this piped area in our woods. The pipe carries a stream underneath our main pathway – a structural necessity but not that pretty originally. Over a couple of days the team built up a natural stone covering, and it now looks like the stone structure has always been there. Great job.
In August 50 new Dormouse and Bat Boxes were installed within Coed y Werin. These were kindly donated by Network Rail to offset work they carry out on the local railways. The boxes were installed by licensed ecologists Mott MacDonald and we hope the new boxes will soon be used during the coming season
We are also delighted to announce that during the Summer we once again gained Green Flag Status in the Green Flag Community Award. This is now the third year running we have achieved this award in recognition of our excellent standards
Not all fungi are microscopic. You can see mushrooms, mold and mildew, for example. But most fungi feed through microscopic threads called hyphae. These threads dig into a food source, such as dead wood, bread, leaves or they release chemicals that break down the food. Then the fungi digest it and use the nutrients.
Well it’s October and the best time of the year for looking out for fungi especially in our Woodland
Here are some pictures of a few found this week and our feature picture is of Salmon Salad fungi a rare and special find. (feature photo by Neville Davies).
Why not become a ‘Fungi detective’ and see if you can spot some of these below
It was a great night with some amazing people at the #GAVOAwards 10th October 2019. Trustee and Volunteer Jayne Garland received not just one but two awards on the night, one for Adult Volunteer and one for Trustee Volunteer. Jayne has been a volunteer for CWT and worked hard to gain funds to develop and improve our Woodland for the wellbeing of our community.
Well done to all volunteers because this award is really a shout out for all of our wonderful volunteers who contribute their time freely to community activity. Volunteers in Wales have a value of at least £757 million per year but give their time for nothing but for the benefit of their communities.
Let’s be clear Volunteers aren’t paid for what they do but that’s not because their work is worthless it’s because they are priceless.
Keep volunteering, keep making a difference to your communities. Wales needs more people to get out there and do something special to make a difference.
I love to volunteer with our community woodland, Caerphilly Woodlands Trust and I’m a passionate volunteer and conservationist activist. If we are to build a better and safer world for our children and grandchildren we will need the dedication and good will of volunteers more than ever.
Well done all volunteers you are truly priceless.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
After a busy Summer with Trustees Kath & Jayne attending and co hosting Llais y Goedwig’s community woodland network for Wales stand at the Royal Welsh Show on behalf of CWT and after successfully gaining funding for works and promotion of our Woodland our new season now begins.
We have lots to do this season with a heavy schedule ahead now we have funding to dredge the pond and survey its contents. This task hasn’t been done for many years, not since our management plan was produced so now’s the time to review and update our monitoring.
We also have a lot of tree planting to do so if you are looking for a productive Sunday activity feel free to join our group of volunteers. Jokes about ‘Tree Huggers’ aside there is a lot to be said for putting on a pair of wellies and getting away from it all getting back to nature breathing healthy gulps of really fresh air into our lungs.
Much of the wildlife within our woodland now relies on active management to provide a mix of different habitats, from piles of dead wood which can help beetles and fungi to open glades which help butterflies
Some areas are managed by coppicing and maintaining open areas, some areas are left to go wild. Often this work is mimicking natural processes like wind and storm damage or grazing by larger animals like deer that would have once lived in our woodlands. Without some form of management our woodlands will become dark, over-shaded and dominated by big mature trees without any variation in structure, age or cover. Ultimately this reduces the amount of wildlife that can live in them so we aim for a mix of habitats in our woodland.