Thanks for funding from the Welsh Government and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the woodland at Amelia Trust has been transformed into a community space where people of all ages and abilities can access nature and learn about how to look after the environment.
Earlier this spring, woodland volunteers, local nature partnership groups and other stakeholders were invited to the Farm to see and hear about the progress that has been made.
Morgan, the Woodland Project Lead at Amelia Trust Farm, led the group on a guided walk of the woodland, covering the current green play trail, the new accessible trail, new willow weaving area, and finishing in the Farm’s cob oven space with toasted marshmallows.
The funding had been used to construct a new accessible and permanent trail in the woodland, create a woodland management plan, support new woodland volunteer groups and purchase new equipment to help maintain the woodlands as a community resource.
Karen Turnbull, Director of Amelia Trust Farm, said: “The funding has enabled us to start to make real change in our woodland. Our aim is to improve biodiversity and accessibility within the woodland so that many more people can appreciate the beautiful flora, fauna, and wildlife.“
The charity hope the trail will encourage more of the local community to spend time in the woodland, getting close to nature and discovering the wildlife on our doorstep.
As part of Amelia Trust’s continuing woodland project, the charity is actively recruiting new volunteers to help in the woodland. Through weekend volunteering sessions, new volunteers have helped install the new trail, planted 100 native bulbs and 50 native trees, and identified 21 species of flora within the woodland.
If you’d like to become a woodland volunteer at Amelia Trust, either during the week or on weekends, please call the Farm on 01446 782030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.