Annual Welsh Community Woodland Gathering held in Abergavenny – best ever attendance!

Posted on April 15, 2015 by

Abergavenny community woodland groups hosted this year’s two day Gathering – attendance was the best ever with 85 delegates on day 1 and 60 on day 2.

The Gathering was a great opportunity to meet up with other members from the 300 strong Llais y Goedwig (‘Voice of the Woodlands’) network – community groups from across Wales and staff from Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Woodland Trust, the Welsh Local Government Association, One Voice Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, Millennium Seedbank Partnership Kew and many other organisations.

“Welsh community woodland groups have gone from strength to strength in the last decade, bringing people and places together for many great benefits. Abergavenny Community Woodland are delighted this year to be one of the groups hosting this highly enjoyable event”

Andrew Michie, representative from Abergavenny Community Woodland

There was a very lively programme of practical demonstrations, inspiring workshops, woodland site visits and good food. Sessions include green wood working, tool maintenance, bee keeping, foraging, machinery demonstrations, woodland social enterprise, and wood fuel.

The local groups, Abergavenny Community Woodland Group, Friends of Castle Meadows, Beaufort community woodlands and Llangattock Community Woodlands, are vibrant and proactive and manage their woodlands for a multitude of benefits including wood fuel, health, conservation, recreation and education.

This was the first gathering that we attended and found one of the main benefits was the opportunity of meeting people from other groups and hearing about what they do, their problems and issues. This kind of networking certainly helped us to make new contacts and to make us feel we are part of a larger group with common interests and that we are not working away in west Wales in isolation!

Jim & Mandy Cowie, Coed y Bont Community Woodlands

The Llais y Goedwig AGM is a key part of the Gathering – the Board announced that it had secured further funding from Natural Resources Wales and Coed Cadw/Woodland Trust Wales, and that three new reports were ready – including a major report on the future of community woodlands in Wales. Plans for the future where also discussed, including preparation of a major funding bid to support community woodlands. Thanks were given to Andrew Michie who is stepping down from the Board and 2 new members were elected and welcomed – Damian Assinder and James Kendall

Download Event Programme

Download Llais y Goedwig 2014/15 Directors report 

Visit the Llais y Goedwig Facebook page for more pictures and feedback on the event

 

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