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Restoration Update: February 2014

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:

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Can you help us win a share of £20,000?

We have been chosen as one of 50 community projects in Swansea to compete for the share of a £20,000 prize to go towards the future maintenance of Penllergare Valley Woods. As a local voluntary “not for profit” organisation with a challenging restoration project underway and 260 acres of community woodland to manage, this is great news! And we need your help!

How does it work? Coupons are printed daily in the South Wales Evening Post and the more we manage to collect, the better the chance we have of winning a bigger share of the £20,000 prize.

Help us spread the word! Please tell your family, friends and neighbours. You can hand in your coupons to the Visitor Centre at Penllergare Valley Woods – open 7 days per week from 11am – 3pm.  Alternatively you can send your coupons to us at the following address: The Penllergare Trust, Room 101A, City and County of Swansea Offices, Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9GJ.

All money raised through this competition will go to the future management of Penllergare Valley Woods! 🙂

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And the December winner is…

A big thank you to everyone who entered our “Weather” themed December photography competition! Today, Trustee and Treasurer, Helen Thomas judged the entries. Frozen and snowy photographs certainly were very popular – I wonder if we will get snow this winter!?!

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And the November winner is…

A big thank you to everyone who entered our “Colour” themed November photography competition! Today, Chairman, Terry Jones and Company Secretary, Jeremy Douglas-Jones, judged the entries.

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And the October winner is…

A big thank you to everyone who entered our “Trees” themed October photography competition! Today, Trustee and Treasurer, Helen Thomas, judged the entries.

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And the September winner is…

A big thank you to everyone who entered our “restoration” September photography competition! Today, Trustee, Jeremy Douglas-Jones, judged the entries.

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And the August winner is…

A big thank you to everyone who entered our “favourite place at Penllergare” August photography competition! Today, Trustee, Helen Thomas, judged the entries.

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What’s On in September 2013

Information/Liaison Meeting
Wednesday 4th September. To respond to and answer questions and concerns about the work going on in the woods at present, we are holding monthly informal meetings in the Woodland Centre. These meetings are open to anyone.  4.30pm. Hope to see you there.

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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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What’s On in August 2013

Introducing Penllergare Walk and Talk
Saturday 3rd August. Join a member of the Penllergare Trust for a guided walk of the estate. This 2.5 hour walk is specifically designed for people with little or no knowledge of Valley Woods who would like to know more about its history, wildlife and layout. There will also be an opportunity to see the restoration in progress. Please wear stout footwear and be prepared to walk two miles with stops. Meet at 2.15pm at the Penllergaer Council Office car park. Free. Donations welcome.

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