Golygfa Gwydyr has been successful with its grant application to the Welsh Government Rural Development Plan Sustainable Management Systems (SMS) grant. This project builds on the skills development and capacity building achieved through our Nature Fund project. It is centred on management and usage of land resources to: improve bio diversity and recreation facilities; develop sustainable community management systems; and promote sustainable communities with enhanced wellbeing and sense of place. We have two sites to base our project around, both now under a ten year Community Management Agreement (CMA) with Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

1. Arboretum – 3 hectares at Cae’n y Coed. The arboretum was established by the Forestry Commission in the 1950’s but has been left to decline. Our aim is to restore and develop it as a premier example of an arboretum in Wales, drawing in many more visitors and providing for scientific work on effects of climate change on tree species in this area.

2. Caerdroia – 11 hectares of the Gwydyr Forest. We aim to promote the site as a model for community managed forestry delivering multiple benefits for the environment and community through a new approach to forestry that is environmentally sustainable and biodiverse. To address a local challenge we will also trial natural flood management measures.

We will need volunteers to help run this project so if you:
– have time to volunteer;
– want to work outdoors in a forest environment;
– want to broaden your skills; and
– want to help manage local environmental resources
please get in touch (ask for Roger on 01492 642110). Our volunteering days will be Monday and Tuesday 0900 until 1600 (but this is flexible).