19th March 2016 – Community Woodlands networking event – Coed Craig Ruperra, Caerphilly

Posted on January 14, 2016 by

Join community woodlands groups and interested individuals from across South Wales for a spring day of woodland walks, talks, skill sharing, demonstrations, and lunch.

The day will be hosted by Coed Craig Ruperra near Caerphilly, 153 acres of recovering broadleaved woodland, which has been transformed after clear felling in the mid-1990s by the group of trustees and 250 members into an exceptional working woodland for biodiversity, history, recreation, and enterprise.

The focus to this free networking event will be – Can woodlands be managed for wildlife and people but still be financially viable without turning into plantations?, with Coed Ruperra inviting visitors to join a special woodland management tour that examines a wide range of aspects, from Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) and invasive species control, to attracting volunteers and starting a community enterprise.

There will also be a chance to get hands with coppicing and tool sharpening and care sessions, and the opportunity to meet Llais y Goedwig’s new Capacity Building Officer for South Wales, who will be working with groups in the area to support the development of community woodlands.

There is no charge for the day and a simple lunch and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited and booking is essential. Please contact Ruperra (07984 665958 ruperra@gmail.com) if you would like to attend, giving names, phone numbers and emails addresses of those who will be coming. The day is not suitable for children under 16.

Event program 

10am   – Registration and refreshments at Micahelston-y-Fedw Church Hall

10.30am   – Welcome from Coed Craig Ruperra and Llais y Goedwig

  • Llais y Goedwig – the community woodland network for Wales
  • Coed Craig Ruperra story and activities
  • Coed Craig Ruperra map – orientating ourselves
  • Outline of activities for the day

11am  – Depart by car to Coed Craig Ruperra (5 min drive)

11.15am – Woodland Management Walk and Talk

Start main car park. Main topics for the morning:

  • Managing for Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) Restoration
  • Managing the woodlands with volunteers – attracting and managing
  • Managing woodlands for biodiversity
  • Managing woodlands with invasive species
  • Managing woodlands for archaeology

1pm  – Group lunch and networking 

1.45pm  – Woodland Management Walk and Talk

Start and finish at Access Point by pond. Main topics for the afternoon:

  • Managing woodlands for recreation
  • Managing conifer plantations
  • Managing woodlands for economic benefit – firewood, products, education

3.30pm  – Group tea and biscuits 

4pm – Practical sessions. Choose from – 

  • Tool sharpening and care
  • Coppicing

5.30 pm  – Finish



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