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It has felt like the ‘calm before the storm’ this week. Contractors have returned to site in the last few days to set up their equipment and facilities in readiness for the final stage of de-silting the lake. We have now agreed the most suitable approach to be installation of pumps at the head of the upper lake. The water will be pumped in pipes to below the waterfall to allow the remaining silt to be worked in a semi dry condition. This will speed up the operation and should result in easier carting of the material to the silt site. Subject to the weather, this work should take about 8 weeks to complete, once they get started. The waterfall will also run dry during this period as the water is pumped around it – allowing us to view and inspect the structure.
As a local independent charity, we rely on an amazing team of volunteers from all backgrounds who work tirelessly to protect and revive Penllergare Valley Woods for public benefit. Local people have breathed life into the woods and have come together because they care about its history, wildlife and people. There has been an incredible amount of work going on behind the scenes by volunteers over the past 14 years to get us to where we are today and faced with the exciting but challenging prospect of the second half of a major restoration project and a 104 year lease of the woods, we are thrilled to be welcoming more and more enthusiastic and committed people with a passion for Valley Woods to our growing team of volunteers.
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.
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!
15th June 2013. Join volunteer ranger, Keith Clements and woodland warden, Edward Tucker, for a wildflower walk at Penllergare Valley Woods. 2pm. Meet at the Council Office Car Park. Donations welcome. Wear sturdy footwear.
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.
Volunteers and staff working to restore the landscape and to make Valley Woods a haven for wildlife for public benefit were bitterly disappointed on Monday morning (15th April 2013) to find someone had broken into their tool store and stolen hand tools, wheelbarrows and some paint. Police officers have visited to collect any evidence, but are not optimistic about recovering any of the items, together worth over £1,000.
Volunteer Rangers walk the woods individually or in groups on a regular basis at times convenient to them in order to ensure a positive, safe and welcoming experience for all.
The Penllergare Trust will be organising a taster session for those wishing to be a volunteer ranger on Tuesday 16th April from 9.30am – 1pm.