Dewis Gwyllt Project Plans

We have a busy schedule lined up for Year 2 (2020)...

Birch sap and syrup

Preparations for pilot commercial birch tapping with several member groups is well advanced for Spring 2020.

Wild garlic

More research will be carried out when wild garlic comes back above the ground to explore sustainability issues, best harvesting techniques, bio security and processing methods.


Research into existing supply chains will be carried out and harvesting and processing methods will be piloted. We are working towards piloting some community picking events in May-June. Get in touch if you’d like to know more or get involved.

Steam Distillation

Test distillation equipment is on its way from Italy. We are planning to use this to experiment with small scale distillation of plant material to extract their essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants for a wide range of uses. We are thinking of trying out conifer foliage (pine, fir and spruce) as well as elderflower and possibly bog myrtle. Could these be a potentially lucrative product for community woodland groups? Get in touch and let us know and if you have anything you would like us to try.

Woodland wild product advisory service

We are planning to launch an advisory and training service for LlyG members who wish to:

  • Find out more about potential products in their woodlands
  • Explore product development
  • Identify markets for products

This service is to help you make the most of your woodland as a source of products and income. Find out more on the support available here.

Dewis Gwyllt at the May 2020 LlyG Gathering

We will be at the next Llais y Goedwig gathering, focusing on screening woodlands for non-timber forest products and sharing product ideas and experience of developing new supply chains.

Dewis Gwyllt on the road:

  • Llais y Goedwig Gathering: May 2020, Location and Date TBC
  • Royal Welsh Agricultural Show: 20th – 23rd July 2020, Builth Wells
  • Eisteddfod: 1st – 8th August 2020, Tregaron
  • Anglesey Woodland Festival: September 2020, Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll

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