Castle Woods bridge wins local award

We are delighted to announce that the new bridge in our Castle Woods nature reserve, Carmarthenshire, completed in 2018, has won an award from the Llandeilo and District Civic Society.

The Society makes these annual awards in order to promote the improvement of the built environment, presenting certificates for exemplary restoration, maintenance, design and improvement schemes.  WTSWW’s Carmarthenshire staff and volunteers were very pleased to win one of this year’s Civic Awards for erecting the new footbridge.

We’re particularly delighted that the award specifically recognised the contribution of our brilliant local volunteers who made the construction possible.

The large bridge, spanning six metres of steep ravine within the woods, had previously been closed for safety reasons, preventing use of a very popular path leading from the main Dinefwr drive down to the track to Bridge Street- a favourite with local dog walkers and tourists alike. The new bridge was designed, planned and implemented by the Carmarthenshire staff team Becca Killa and Ceri Evans and their volunteers.

We were particularly delighted to receive the award for this project because it reflects the value in which the local community hold this path and access to the woods.

Conservation Manager Lizzie Wilberforce attended the Llandeilo and District Civic Society AGM in July to receive the certificate on behalf of the Carmarthenshire team.

Thanks are also owed to The National Trust for storing and transporting the bridge materials. The purchase of the materials for construction was was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.