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Recent Press Releases & Articles

2014

21st November 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Enterprise Winners.
20th November 2014. The Bay Magazine Winter Edition. Walk of the Month. Penllergare Valley Woods with John Ashley
17th November 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Help launching valley woods’ new website

1st November 2014. Blog. Fungi Foray at Penllergare.

11th October 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Cafe anniversary at Penllergare Valley Woods near Swansea
9th October 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Gwalia secures £30,000 cash injection to improve Blaenymaes neighbourhood

8th September 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Kev Johns blog: Transformation of Penllergare Woods is just incredible
4th September 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Milestone as lake rebirth is concluded.

10th August 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Work to restore a 19th century observatory at Penllergare Valley Woods continues to move forward.

7th July 2014. BBC News. Penllergare Valley Woods restoration starts on lake.
4th July 2014. Daily Mail. Woodland restoration wins £95,000

23rd June 2014. HomeAway Blog. Sun, Sea, Swansea.
2nd June 2014. BBC News. Penllergare Valley Woods observatory to be restored.
2nd June 2014. Western Mail. Tourism push for north Swansea after global praise for Gower beaches.

30th May 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Businesses swot up on wonders of rural Swansea.
20th May 2014. South Wales Evening Post. 100 pupils from a Swansea school have put time and effort into opening up a beauty spot for the community.
John Dillwyn Llewelyn. The Valleys Heroes.

23rd April 2014. BBC News. £3m restoration for Penllergare estate, Swansea
22nd April 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Observatory restoration work gets underway in Swansea.
3rd April 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Bridge to the past at revamped wood.

27th March 2014. South Wales Evening Post. Want to be a ranger?
19th March 2014. 
The Telegraph. The Welsh sheriff who pioneered photography.

6th February 2014. New York Times. From a Forgotten Box, A Ray of Light
3rd February 2014. EcoEvolution Blog. Hydropower installation and restoration of Penllergare Valley Woods

2013

20th December 2013. Daily Express. Restored Penllergare Valley Woods ideal for Christmas walks.
17th December. South Wales Evening Post. Christmas Present for Eels at former Country Estate.

26th November 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Ancient Greeks help out with restoration of Penllergare Valley Woods.
16th October 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Taking an in depth look at city’s lost buildings.
8th October 2013. South Wales Evening Post. New centre to welcome visitors.

26th September 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Park steeped in Swansea’s history gets historic park status.
25th September 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Farm staff saddle up.

5th September 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Volunteers help to resurrect old estate.

BBC Wales Today Feature: Penllergare Observatory
28th August 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Lost pictures in a message from Moscow
7th August 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Swansea lake is set for electric scheme.

9th July 2013. Daily Mail. Victorian space observatory where earliest pictures of moon were taken is saved for the nation after falling into disrepair
9th July 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Clean up helpers praised.

2nd June 2013. BBC News. Penllergare observatory to be restored

31 May 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Deal to breather new life into historic Swansea observatory
31 May 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Penllergare Trust appeals for volunteers to help transform Swansea beauty spot
23 May 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Potting Shed Sale this weekend at Penllergare Valley Woods

17 May 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Moves to protect our at-risk jewels

ITV Wales News Feature
19 April 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Volunteers determined to overcome tool theft

12 April 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Penllergare Trust and Swansea Council team up to preserve woods.

12 April 2013. City and County of Swansea Press Release. Agreement signed to help restore Penllergare Valley Woods.
11 April 2013. Western Mail. Dylan Thomas’s favourite childhood park among seven in Wales to share £4.5m boost.
10 April 2013. Opodo. Welsh gardens to be revamped.

29 March 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Restoration work ploughs on for award-winning Penllergare Trust
28 March 2013: South Wales Evening Post. Awards honour green groups.
March/April. Green Places Magazine. Penllergare Valley Woods: A Paradise Regained
March/April. What’s On Swansea Magazine. Penllergare Valley Woods: A Paradise Regained

27 February 2013. South Wales Evening Post. £96k boost for woods project

18 February 2013. Llais y Goedwig Newsletter.  Penllergare Valley Woods: A Paradise Regained
7 February 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Great days out this weekend

29 January 2013. Garden News Magazine. Secret Garden Reborn in £2.9m Scheme
28 January 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Celebration of Trust’s makeover inspired by pioneer
12 January 2013. South Wales Evening Post. Penllergare Trust launches new restoration blog

2012
19 November 2012. South Wales Evening Post. Work on valley vision begins

31 October  2012. South Wales Evening Post. Trust aims to share wood’s hidden secrets
23 October 2012. South Wales Evening Post. Protect historic house call
25 September 2012. South Wales Evening Post. Green light for turbine proposal
20 September 2012. South Wales Evening Post. Grant delivers tools for estate restoration
31 May 2012. South Wales Evening Post. Projects added to sustainable trail
25 May 2012. South Wales Evening Post. Tour Forest on Jubilee expedition
29 March 2012. South Wales Evening Post. First Minister visits Valley Woods

2011
13 November 2011. BBC News. £2m lottery grant to restore Penllergare Valley Woods
13 November 2011. BBC News. In Pictures: £2m lottery grant to restore Penllergare Valley Woods
13 November 2011. HLF. £2.3m HLF cash boost to restore romantic landscape of Penllergare Valley Woods
16 September 2011. South Wales Evening Post. Cash boost praised
14 September 2011. South Wales Evening Post. Youngsters head outdoors
13 September 2011. £2.3m funding to give woodland new lease of life

Website Links

The Penllergare Trust Website: www.penllergare.org
Penllergare Valley Woods Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/penllergare
Penllergare Valley Woods Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/penllergare

Penllergare Valley Woods is part of the One Historic Garden Collection: http://www.onehistoricgarden.co.uk/

Swansea Museum
West Glamorgan Archive Services
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Volunteering Wales Website
Swansea Council for Voluntary Service
Swansea Sustainability Trail
Dyfed Archaeological Trust
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
Royal Photographic Society
National Trust
Forest Schools Swansea Neath Port Talbot
Woodland Trust
Nature Detectives

Local Accommodation
HomeAway – Swansea and Gower Peninsula Holiday Apartments and CottagesTravelodge Swansea M4

Historic Photographs

The majority of historic photographs on this blog were taken by John Dillwyn Llewelyn between 1845 – 1860. Most of the originals are in Swansea Museum, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. A few are in private collections, together with watercolours by John’s daughter Emma Charlotte Dillwyn Llewelyn and some images by other artists.

Did you know? The Penllergare Trust has an excellent interactive map where you can see both historic and modern photos of the estate.

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