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We are now well into the second half of the three year landscape restoration project and what a transformation we’ve seen already? Even though there is still a lot of physical project work to be done, our attention is turning more towards future financial sustainability and next steps. We are greatly encouraged by the regular positive feedback we receive, and our visitor survey just before Christmas shows that we are going in the right direction. We’ve teamed up with the Groundwork Trust to gauge opinion and support on our next steps.
There’s no doubt that, as an independent local charity, to achieve our ambitious vision requires courage, determination, optimism and a great deal of effort! We are already getting the feeling that this is more of a community ‘movement’ than just another project – ‘people power’ in action for a cause worth fighting for! Above all we ask people and organisations who value Valley Woods, as a growing number already do, to lend us your support – we do not receive any public subsidy. We are very grateful for the support and confidence shown to us by our current funders and we look forward to building on that. We’re building up more support through membership and volunteering – our membership has increased by over 20% since September last year, and we’re developing a fundraising plan to sustain us in the future – so if you love Valley Woods – come and join in and be part of the adventure! Here is a summary of what has been happening since Christmas:
The restoration project at Penllergare Valley Woods is well and truly underway! In the next two months, the upper lake will be desilted, the Archimedes screw will be installed, the Llewelyn bridge will be rebuilt, and the new visitor centre and car park will open to the public. Isn’t it exciting!?! Here’s a progress update:
A massive thank you to everyone who entered our June photography competition! Today, Trustees, Paul Baker and Helen Thomas, judged the entries.
Edward Tucker, Woodland Warden, and Keith Clements, volunteer ranger, organised a wildflower walk on Saturday 15th June to mark Wales Biodiversity Week. Nearly one hundred species were seen and named – these were just a few of them.
Thanks to the patience and commitment of wildlife photographer, Peter Thomas, we finally have some clear photographs and video footage of an otter at Penllergare Valley Woods. This one was spotted at Lower Lake early on Sunday morning.
Take a look….. and enjoy!
Weekend Woodland Volunteering Session
Saturday 4th May. Interested in conservation? Like working outdoors? Come along and get stuck in on a range of woodland/restoration tasks. Meet in the Woodland Centre. 9am-12pm. Wear sturdy footwear, waterproofs and gloves. Free.
A big thank you to everyone who entered our WILD February photography competition! Today, Trustee and Company Treasurer – Helen Thomas, judged the entries. It was a tough decision! We had everything from wild waterfalls to wildlife. (more…)
Conservation of wildlife is important to us. The richness of wildlife in Valley Woods, so close to a large population of people, is recognised as one of the significant features. Having campaigned for the protection and conservation of Valley Woods for over a decade and finally taken on the leases of the 250 acre estate in April 2012, the Penllergare Trust is – and always will be – committed to conserving the wildlife value of these woods. So, what is actually being done? (more…)