Following the great success of their work at a number of our west Wales reserves, the team working on Tir Coed’s Branching Out project have been back to Poor Mans Wood / Gallt y Tlodion this summer. Having already created an amazing oak-framed shelter at the heart of the woodland, the team have now created a beautiful entrance for the reserve to replace the metal kissing gate that originally guided people into the site.
The CAN-funded initiative supports 16-24 year olds from the local area to learn new woodworking skills whilst creating spectacular new visitor infrastructure which all those who visit the nature reserves can enjoy.
The project is led by Tir Coed’s Becky Hulme, in partnership with WTSWW staff, and the team working at Poor Mans Wood / Gallt y Tlodion have been tutored by wood craftsman Jamie Miller, who also previously led on the creation of the new seating and bird hide at Castle Woods in Llandeilo.
The beautiful oak arch at the entranceway was constructed from an oak tree on the reserve that was chosen for its interesting shape. The metal kissing gate that was originally in place has now been moved by WTSWW volunteers and installed where the public right of way leaves the reserve at the northern end, replacing an old wooden stile which was becoming dangerous.
The team will now be moving on to create four new bridges over some of the wet flushes that cross the reserve’s network of footpaths. WTSWW is grateful to the whole Branching Out team for their fantastic efforts, creating a beautiful but also functional structure which so many will enjoy.
Communities and Nature (CAN) is a £14.5m strategic project, developed and managed by CCW, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government. Its aim is to use our natural environment in Wales to create economic opportunities through leisure and tourism - providing valuable, sustainable jobs in areas and communities where they are needed.