Llanfair Caereinion Town Council woodland wins National Lottery support

Llanfair Caereinion Town Council woodland wins National Lottery support

Volunteers in Deri Woods © MWT

Llanfair Caereinion Town Council has received over £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project - Llanfair Community Woodland Restoration Project - in Deri Woods, Llanfair Caereinion. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will focus on the restoration of Deri Woods, with benefits for people and wildlife, working in partnership with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust.

The project will focus on engaging with the local community through events, working with local schools, and pull together volunteers from the local area to learn new skills and carry out some important conservation work throughout the woodland, as well as improving access and footpaths. There are also exciting plans to breathe new life into the Old Pump House building, making a visitor friendly space for all to enjoy.

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, with numerous species of conservation concern inhabiting the wood.

Chairman of the 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."

About Llanfair Caereinion Town Council

Llanfair Caereinion Town Council is an elected body of 12 councillors who have a full meeting once a month. The Council is responsible for delivering some services not provided by Powys County Council which include the running of Erw Ddwr Cemetery, Glanyrafon Play Area, Deri Woods and The Chapel of Rest. Grass cutting and some maintenance services for the town are also the responsibility of the Council. The members of the Town Council also act as Charity Commission custodians of Mountfield, Deri Woods and Glanyrafon Play Area. The position of Town Councillor is voluntary.

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