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Restoration Update: October 2013

Autumn so far has brought about many exciting events and challenges. The photo below – taken in early October 2013 – shows the extent of the work currently being carried out in the north of the valley. It also shows a snippet of the vast area of woodland that we now manage for local people and wildlife – primarily through voluntary management and support. To see elements of the restoration project finally reaching completion this month has been most rewarding for us all.

Aerial Photograph - October 2013

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New Car Park & Visitor Centre Open

We are delighted to announce that the new car park and refreshment area in Penllergare Valley Woods has opened today (Friday 20th September). This new, much anticipated facility will be open every day, for the time being, from 10am to 4pm. The opening of the refreshment area will be followed shortly by an information / exhibition display in the upper level of the new visitor centre.

Run by local volunteers, visitors will receive a warm welcome and will be able to enjoy a cup of tea and fantastic coffee on the open terrace overlooking the upper terraces of the former Dillwyn Llewelyn landscape garden, with glimpses of the upper lake, currently undergoing restoration. Light refreshments will also be served.

The pay and display car park will initially be open from 9am until 5pm. Receipts from the car park will be ploughed back into the management and maintenance of Valley Woods to ensure it remains the much loved and valued local amenity that it has become in recent years, thanks to the Penllergare Trust and all its supporters.

Whilst there is still work in progress on the surrounding landscape restoration, and there are some visitor restrictions there are several new, accessible paths from the car park with some really good viewing points over the lake restoration project in the valley bottom. A visit is highly recommended! The car park and visitor centre can be found off the entrance drive to the Swansea City Council offices at Penllergaer close to J47 of the M4 motorway on the Llangyfelach A48 main road.

This new facility has been made possible through the dedicated support of local volunteers, the Heritage Lottery Fund, through its Parks for People programme and is also part of the ‘One Historic Garden Project’ that links heritage, gardens and opportunities across South Wales, part-funded by the EU Convergence European Regional Development Fund through ‘Visit Wales’ and the Welsh Government.

For further information, you can either visit us, email contact@penllergare.org or call 01792 344224.

We look forward to welcoming you!

And the July winner is…

A massive thank you to everyone who entered our July people-themed photography competition and apologies for the delay in announcing the results! Today, Chairman of the Penllergare Trust, along with the Secretary, Jeremy Douglas-Jones, judged the entries.

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Art Competition Results 2013

The ‘Picture Penllergare!’ Art Competition for all the primary schools who visited Valley Woods during the year takes place annually at the end of the summer term.

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Mamwlad: Amy Dillwyn

Tinopolis, a production company for S4C filmed location shots on Wednesday for a programme on Amy Dillwyn in the Famous Welsh Women series – “Mamwlad”. The series explores the stories of women who have left their mark on Welsh history.

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Agreement signed with Swansea Council

Plans to preserve and improve stunning Penllergare Valley Woods have taken a major step forward.

Swansea Council has signed an agreement with the Penllergare Trust to work in closer partnership than ever to protect, restore and regenerate the natural and cultural landscape of the valley woods in future.

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HSBC – a part of our story!

On Sunday 24th March, the Penllergare Trust had the pleasure of hosting a volunteer day for staff from the Swansea HSBC branch. David Connick our estate manager organised the fun-packed day. He provided a short walk and talk about the estate, its history, wildlife and people, and an update about the restoration project followed by a volunteer activity which involved reinstating the path on the east bank of the estate.

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And the March winner is…

A big thank you to everyone who entered our “historic” March photography competition! Today, Chair of the Penllergare Trust, Terry Jones and Trustee, Brian Richards, judged the entries. It was a tough decision! We had everything from old routes, paths and walls to mines and historic cascades.

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Congratulations Michael Norman

A celebration of environmental action by local community groups, businesses and schools took place at the Marriott Hotel last week as people from across Swansea gathered for the prestigious Sustainable Swansea Awards presentation dinner.

The aim of the awards is to encourage local organisations and individuals to do that bit extra for their community and the environment and to reward those that show real commitment to good environmental practice and sustainability. The awards were started in 2004 and are run every two years by Swansea Environmental Forum in partnership with Swansea Council, SCVS and the Environment Centre.
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Happy International Day of Forests

Today (21 March 2013) marks the first ever United Nations International Day of Forests, a day commemorating the contribution and value of forests and forestry to the community.

Forests cover one third of the planet’s land mass, sustaining a variety of animal and plant life, but deforestation and disease pose an ever-greater threat both at home and abroad. According to The Woodland Trust, a total of 1043 UK woods have been under threat from development over the last ten years. Penllergare was one of these.

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