The dedicated volunteers and organisers of the ‘Woodland Group’ celebrated in style with a ‘cake and a climb’ to the site of the iconic ‘Keeper of the Colliers’ after helping the ‘Spirit of Llynfi Woodland’ win their first prestigious Green Flag Award.
Located on the eastern slopes of the upper Llynfi Valley, the Community Woodland site is managed by the community for all to enjoy.
Joining the group on the mountainside, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies and Chris Elmore MP congratulated them on their win and heard how the site has developed into a popular tourist attraction for locals and visitors to the area. Further development of the site has seen jogging circuits; dog-trails; the use of ‘social prescribing’ by local GPs to promote improvements in health via walking and cycling in the Woodland; and the involvement of local schools and others in planting community woodland and fruit-orchards.
Huw Irranca-Davies said:
“It is quite remarkable how the mountainside has transformed with the introduction of the Llynfi Woodland as a long-term project. Well done everyone involved who have helped see the ‘Spirit of Llynfi Woodland’ achieve Green Flag Community status.
"It’s also great to see so many Green Flag winners across Ogmore too, Bryngarw Country Park, Maesteg Welfare Park, Caerau Market Garden, Wimbles Community Garden. Well done on your awards - your hard work allowing us all to enjoy beautiful and accessible areas whilst enhancing the biodiversity."
Chis Elmore MP said:
"This is a really brilliant achievement for Kath, Chris and the Spirit of the Llynfi Woodland team. It's fantastic that they've made this wonderful area accessible to all so that everyone can enjoy this real gem nestled in the Llynfi Valley. If you're not involved with the team yet, I'd definitely recommend getting in touch with them - they're a lovely bunch!"