Bridging the Way

Castle Woods in Carmarthenshire. Photo: Lizzie Wilberforce

Castle Woods in Carmarthenshire. Photo: Lizzie Wilberforce

The team on the new bridge

The team on the new bridge

Castle Woods Foot Bridge is Finally Open for use!

Regular users of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ beautiful nature reserve, Castle Woods within the Dinefwr Estate, Llandeilo, will be aware that sadly the foot bridge within the woodlands, above Llandyfeisant Church, has been closed for most of this year.

We closed the bridge because during some repair work we realised that one of the main supporting beams was rotting, making the bridge unsafe. It was a big job to rectify this as the bridge measured 6 metres long and went across a steep ravine. Initially we were unsure if we had the resources to mend the bridge and finding the funds, materials and man power took some time. It also took us a while to carry out the works; 7 work days in total of actual dismantling and constructing.

But, we are extremely pleased to say that this week we have been able to reopen the path with a brand new bridge! The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales staff have built the new bridge with the help of some dedicated volunteers over a number of days. The new bridge is now on concrete plinths to help protect the timbers from rot for as long a possible as that was where the old bridge failed.

Rebecca Killa, Wildlife Trust Officer for Carmarthen, said

“It is incredible that we have such dedicated volunteers who are willing to put in the hours to help ensure that places like this can still be enjoyed. I’d like to thank everyone involved in getting this path up and running again.”

Ceri Evans, Reserves Officer, who oversaw the construction work said

“It was a great project to build the bridge with our volunteers, without whom the project would not have been completed.  The path is well used by walkers, and they were frequently  asking when the bridge would be ready”.

It has been a great project and learning experience, with a definite sense of achievement with its completion.

We would like to say a big thank-you to the Carmarthenshire Volunteers who have even worked through torrential rain to get the main beams in place. We’d also like to thank The National Trust for storing and transporting materials when needed and Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering locally with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales please visit www.welshwildlife.org/things-to-do/volunteering.

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