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News

Round the world yacht race to fundraise for Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales)

2 Gorff 2021

Ceredigion woodland owner Dafydd Hughes is going to the end of the world and back again to fundraise for Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales).

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Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) featured in BBC Two's New Voices from Wales

8 Ebrill 2021

An Ystradgynlais woodland wellbeing session run by Project Officer Anna Stickland is featured on BBC Two.

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Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) Researcher awarded PhD from Bangor University

9 Mawrth 2021

Heli Gittins explored the question: Can a woodland activity programme benefit participant wellbeing and change the way they use woods?

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Wrexham Walking Group member writes nature poem

21 Ion 2021

Read Pat Sutcliffe's poem about her experience of walking in woodlands and nature

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ITV visits Actif Woods Wales at the Woodland Skills Centre

4 Ion 2021

Watch the ITV video of participants on our Coppice Products course

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Our Connecting People and Nature project comes to an end in Merthyr Tydfil

30 Rhag 2020

Our Connecting People and Nature project achieved so much over the three years it ran in Merthyr Tydfil.

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Coed Lleol welcomes Bangor University Researcher

19 Tach 2020

We are delighted to welcome Ramiga Kirupaikkumaran of Bangor University to our team.

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Gwenan’s Lockdown Nature Story

13 Awst 2020

Our Actif Woods Wales Ceredigion participant Gwenan O’Connor, was recently interviewed for the Cambrian News about her experience of our Online Nature Sessions during lockdown.

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How Gareth, a Merthyr Tydfil resident, uses nature to help his mood

29 Mai 2020

During lockdown we’ve been asking people in Wales and beyond about how they’re using nature to improve their wellbeing. Gareth from Merthyr Tydfil has shared with us the beautiful walks he’s been taking, as well as some great photos of what he sees along the way.

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Connect to nature with Coed Lleol during lockdown

1 Mai 2020

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Update
spring

Spring is sprung! Walking in the woods this morning, the spring flowers are pushing through the undergrowth, the birdsong in the trees is reaching fever pitch and the mammals large and small are on the move; attracting the attention of the kestrels and buzzards overhead. This is such a magical time of year and never fails to inspire and fill the mind with thoughts and plans for the year ahead.

We are getting this year off to a great start with two events this month that should prove to be very interesting. On 16-17 March we are hosting two Forestry Commission sponsored “Woodland into Management” events at the Green Wood Centre. The event will showcase some of the many ways that small woodland managers and owners can use some of the smaller-scale equipment available to them to improve woodland management in a sensitive, sustainable and cost effective way.

We are very much looking forward to the event as it provides us with an opportunity to look at the lessons coming from the SIMWOOD project, where we are again collaborating with the Forestry Commission, along with another 27 woodland management organisations from across Europe. Our principle in both initiatives is that the “wood that is valued is the wood that stays” and we know that Small Woods members value the woods where they work for a wide range of reasons. The addition of new techniques and ideas that promote management will make the 25-30,000 hectares of British woods for which Small Woods members are responsible across the UK more likely to be managed well. To say there is clearly demand from members for these events is an understatement – the first day sold out in 3 hours and the second in an evening. We are looking forward to two vibrant days exchanging experience and ideas.