Coed Llwynonn – Summer Sun and Woodland Fun!

Posted on August 19, 2013 by

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Scott the Tanner

This months member’s blog comes from James from Syrcas Circus based at Coed Llwynonn, who shares the group’s packed July diary, including hosting the second Llais y Goedwig local networking event of the Summer, as well as a busy F.E.I activity week….

This July started with the warmest weather we have seen for many awhile and ended with their biggest charcoal burn yet, on the hottest day of the year!

On the Monday Syrcas Circus ran a ‘Den Building’ training session for Ynys Mon Forest Education Initiative members at Llynonn Windmill and Celtic Roundhouses.

This was then followed three days of woodland education, for local Primary and Secondary schools, as part of our F.E.I. Seed2Shed project.  Children and teachers took the opportunity of a hands-on experience of all aspects of woodland management and timber production- from seed dispersal, to felling, to construction techniques.

In between all this, preparations were underway for the Saturday’s Llais y Goedwig Local Networking Open Day.

Posters and publicity were distributed and arrangements made for activities, refreshments and general organisation.

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Caffi Cynefin cakes with woodland elderflower

Volunteers helped erect a Geodesic Dome and Bedoiun Tent- cover, not from rain (for a change!), but the scorching sun!!

Visitors and representatives of community woodlands came from all corners of north and mid Wales. During the Open Day itself visitors and volunteers were able to try their hands at blacksmithing, green woodwork, beekeeping and fish skin tanning. The main event was the loading and firing of the new charcoal kiln… this took all day to prepare with barrow loads of logs, stacked like an intricate jigsaw, then lit on all sides through the six chimneys and flues.

Sustenance was provided throughout the day by Caffi Cynefin, a local permaculture group, with wonderful handmade cakes and elderflower cordial.

Many thanks to Llais y Goedwig, Nick from Elwy Living Woods, Simon Hunt from Coed Cymru, Geraint Hughes – Environment Wales, and Scott the Tanner.

Finally, the end of our action packed week – 22 hours later, the kiln was opened to reveal a mound of stunning lump wood charcoal.

 

 

 

 

 

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