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Deri Woods Project

Llanfair Caereinion Community Woodland Restoration Project

Following the success of the Tesco funded Bags of Help project in 2016, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust will continue to work in partnership with Llanfair Caereinion Town Council on Llanfair Community Woodland Restoration Project, a £60,000 Heritage Lottery Funded project. The project will focus on the restoration of Deri Woods in Llanfair Caereinion, with benefits for the local community, visitors to the wood and wildlife.

The project will focus on engaging with the local community through events, working with local schools and running a regular volunteer work group. Along with project staff, volunteers will carry out some important conservation work including thinning non-native species to help encourage a more natural ground flora and aid natural regeneration, surveys, providing nest boxes, coppicing and creating deadwood habitat piles. There are also exciting plans to breathe new life into the Old Pump House building, making a visitor friendly space for all to enjoy and focus on improving access and footpaths.

Gifted to the local community in 1919, Deri Woods is a significant and popular recreational asset to both residents and visitors to the town, with good pedestrian access from the town centre and a car park, making it accessible for all members of the local community. Alongside the recreational value, there is plenty of ecological interest, Deri Woods is a semi-natural ancient woodland and is home to numerous species of conservation concern.

Chairman of Llanfair Town Council Cllr Gareth Jones, said "We are delighted to have won this money, this is just one example of the ambitious plans we have for our town. Sincere thanks to the players of the National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, our Town Clerk and all that have helped in securing this money"

Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF in Wales, said: "Our natural heritage is a most precious resource and, thanks to National Lottery players, HLF grants have helped to protect an amazing range of landscapes, habitats, and species of plants and animals. HLF is delighted to support Llanfair Community Woodland Restoration Project that will stimulate people’s interest in the natural world and so help them conserve it for future generations."

If you would like more information about this project or would like to volunteer please contact Chris Radford chris@montwt.co.uk. If you are interested in helping with community or school events and activities please contact Dan Hodgkiss dan@montwt.co.uk.

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