Thanks to funding from People’s Postcode Lottery and a very generous Wildlife Trust member we are now able to start work on a couple of cottages at the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran. These cottages have remained dormant for a number of years and have been gradually deteriorating.
So on the 4th December staff and volunteers started off by hauling out a seemingly endless supply of damp mattresses, sofas which had become homesteads to all sorts of unwelcome visitors and piles of old redundant paper work.
The team were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day but at least now we have a clean slate which will be tackled by some similar working parties in the new year.
Plans include painting the old tired walls, repairing a ceiling where an intrepid mouse ate his way through a water pipe, dealing with the damp proof course (or lack thereof), replacing the kitchens in both cottages, obtaining new furniture and tackling some more tricky building work.
Once the cottages are completed they will be used by volunteers, students and other groups using the site and provide them with somewhere to stay whilst assisting us in the management of the surrounding stunning Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve.
The Trust currently has a budget of £11,000 so quite a lot of the work will be done in house by volunteers and staff… so if you are interested in lending a hand (especially if you have building skills!) or if you would like to make a donation (in kind or financial) then please do get in touch with Sarah Kessell or Jon Cooper.