Rhys on site with Lorna and Dogs’ Trust
Tails were wagging today as dogs from Dogs Trust Bridgend Rehoming Centre went for walkies at Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh which is owned by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Joining them was Wales’ wildest television presenter Dr Rhys Jones who brought along his black German Shepard Collie cross rescue dog.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and The Dogs Trust both receive funding thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to deliver projects in Wales and across Great Britain. People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery which has awarded an amazing £75.6 million to good causes since its launch in 2008.
Support from players makes a huge difference to hundreds of communities with funding awarded to numerous grass root groups and local projects as well as national and international charities.
In 2015, Wildlife Trusts Wales will receive a total of £200,000 from the lottery which will allow the six Wildlife Trusts across Wales to continue their vital conservation work to protect nature for the future. The Trusts have used the funding to deliver educational opportunities and events for local communities and schools, as well as maintaining nature reserves across the country.
The support is invaluable to Dogs Trust, who will also receive £200,000 from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery this year and trying out the route at Brynna Woods were a number of residents from the nearby Bridgend-based rehoming centre. Included in the canine panel were double act Tinker and Tegan, a pair of four-month-old Collies.
The Brynna Highland Cows
Dogs of all shapes and sizes from the rehoming centre popped down and are hoping that sometime soon their new families will take them on lovely walks just like today. Also keen to get a sniff of the action were eight-year-old Beagle Daley, four-year-old Collie Molly, and bouncing along behind them was eight-month-old Terrier cross Ace.
Dr Rhys Jones, who is an ambassador for Wildlife Trusts Wales, said:
“The generosity from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has really helped us carry out our work to protect wildlife and teach people about the benefits of nature.
“It has been wonderful today to meet the team from Dogs Trust and Bran has really enjoyed making some new friends! We are all very grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”
Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager, said:
“The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales have worked closely with the local communities of Llanharan and Brynna to ensure everyone enjoys this wonderful nature reserve. Brynna Woods is home to two circular walks that will take visitors through woodland and meadows, the woodland is a mix of ash, oak, willow and hazel and there is a fantastic display of bluebells in the spring time.
We do ask that visitors adhere to our ‘Dogs permitted’ policy on all our nature reserves. If you are planning to take your dog to a nature reserve, please act responsibly during your visit and help us to keep our sites safe for wildlife and people.”
People’s Postcode Lottery players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes and for every £2 ticket bought, 55p goes directly to charities.