Into the woods

We had a great morning exploring our Woodland with around 30 amazing School Children from Hendredenny School and their teachers. We were also joined by Steve Chamberlain from Llais y Geodwig and Kevin Eadon-Davies CCBC Countryside Officer.

We learnt about the history of our Woods and how it once was used to extract clay for making local bricks for the miners houses. This clay was carried on a narrow guage train along the dram track to be made into bricks and where there still remains an old chimney stack on the site where those bricks were once made. However over the centuries coal, iron ore, stone and clay have all been worked on this Coed y Werin site creating the many wet areas we use as ponds today.

The bridge over where the dram track would have been.

We explored the geology site where you will find over 350 million years of geological history revealed in the exposed rocks. We looked in the loose rubble for fossils that had been trapped in the layers of coal, mudstone and ironstone, formed when tropical swamps covered the area in prehistoric times.

We went on to learn about the rare and unique species of wildlife, flora and fauna found in our woods and the Children took rubbings from the posts installed in key areas indicating what could be found in those places.

We also looked at the many different tree types with our leaf & branch spotters and leaf ID wheels. We appreciated natures way in creating a beautiful tree canopy, dormice could travel through this canopy safely getting around the woods without having to cross on the woodland floor.

The Woodland Canopy

The Children then walked around the Long Pond discovering the waterfall and they learnt of the seasons and how that affects the woods and its inhabitants.

Concluding at the Bench we all sat and had lunch in the sunshine. It was a super morning, full of laughter and questions. It was a pleasure to show Team Hendredenny around our Woods.

Caerphilly Woodlands Trust are an active member of the Sustaining Caerphilly’s Landscape Partnership and have made brilliant use of this funding to help the local community explore and engage with a beautiful community managed woodland and learn about why this habitat is important and the wildlife that calls it home.

Said Kevin from CCBC Countryside Team

Some of the recent work, to create and install the rubbing posts and undertake an ecology report, has been funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government and supported by Caerphilly County Borough Council, the Sustaining Caerphilly’s Landscape Partnership brings together landowners, community groups and organisations to deliver a range of initiatives that help sustain, enhance and make accessible the beautiful landscape, its wildlife and heritage around Caerphilly and the lower Rhymney valley

Jumping the stream by the waterfall
discovering 350 million years of history within the rocks