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Meet volunteer William Jewell

I’m better known as Jimmy Jewell and I’ve been a Ranger at Penllergare Valley Woods for quite some time. I visited the woods as a child in the 1960s and have walked here ever since. I primarily pick litter, remove rubbish and try to be the eyes and ears for the Penllergare Trust. I got…
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8th January 2015 0

Fungi Foray Fun

Did you know that a Girdled Knight and a Burnt Knight were found in the woods in November? No it’s not another TV production, but two species of fungus found by the Glamorgan Fungus Group on their recent fungi foray. In all they found 33 different species of fungus with some wonderful names like ‘Blusher’,…
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4th January 2015 0

Our New Year Message

Following 80 years of neglect and 14 years of planning, volunteers representing local charity, the Penllergare Trust, have been working tirelessly over the last two years to restore Penllergare Valley Woods for everyone to enjoy. What a transformation! Guided by the pioneering photographs taken by John Dillwyn Llewelyn (the creator of Victorian Penllergare in the…
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31st December 2014 0
Rhododendron Clearance

Glastir Woodland Management (2014 – 2018)

We have embarked on a five year programme to help with the management of Valley Woods, to improve biodiversity and to encourage native plants, mammals and birds. Through this project, we intend on removing non native conifer trees (mostly larch) and reverting to native hardwood woodland. We will also remove and control the invasive Rhododendron…
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18th December 2014 0
Parkland

Middle Park (2012 – 2016)

We aim to restore Middle Park – the area of land between the former Middle and Upper Lodges – in order to return it to its former glory and to create habitat diversity. This area will be enclosed with parkland fencing and will be lightly grazed by either horses or cattle to encourage wild flowers…
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18th December 2014 0
Cleft Fencing

Carriage Drive (2014 – 2016)

We aim to recreate the main qualities of the formal entrance drive from Cadle to the site of the former Penllergare House (where the Penllergaer Council Offices now stand). The encroaching trees and shrubs will be cut back to open up the views while maintaining that wild and picturesque landscape that makes Valley Woods so…
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18th December 2014 0
Terrace Gardens

Terrace Gardens and Historic Paths (2012 – 2016)

We are currently in the process of repairing and restoring historic steps, terraces, and footbridges in the north of the estate. An interpretative tour around the valley will be developed and a fully accessible footbridge will create a greater variety of circuits. Our woodland volunteers have been working hard replanting specimen trees and ornamental shrubberies…
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16th December 2014 0
Archimedean Screw

Archimedean Screw (2013 – 2016)

An Archimedean screw microhydropower turbine was installed on the east bank of the waterfall in Autumn 2014 to generate renewable energy and to help fund future maintenance. We also believe that it is in the spirit of the progressive approach adopted by John Dillwyn Llewelyn in the 19th century. This area will be landscaped in 2015/16.…
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16th December 2014 0
Early Autumn Colours - Upper Lake - Carey Beor Autumn 2014 (R)

Upper Lake (2012 – 14)

The Upper Lake above the waterfall was cleared by volunteers in 2012 and de-silted over two summers in 2013/14 in order to reinstate it to its historic form and prevent total reversion to marshland. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Veolia Environmental Trust and Natural Resources Wales.


16th December 2014 0
Rebuilt Llewelyn Bridge

Old Llewelyn Bridge (2013)

With careful integration of a sewerage pipe over the river Llan and using photographic evidence from the 19th century, the old stone bridge was recreated in the traditional style by our stonemason in 2013. It is now a fully accessible river crossing and a visual feature in the landscape. It was officially opened in April…
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16th December 2014 0
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