Godre'r Graig Park

Environment and Conservation

If you go down to the park now you will see a huge difference to even a year ago.  The majority of the invasive rhododendrons have been removed with a huge effort on the part of the Volunteer group who have been meeting EVERY Sunday in the park, weather permitting, to work on clearing them.  You can now see the far side of the pond and even the boundary to the park.

The area left of the start of the boardwalk that used to be very boggy, even on dry days, is now drier thanks to the installation of a soak away and French drains.  You may have noticed the large chippings that cover the drains, not the easiest to walk on, but certainly drier underfoot.

We are always looking for individuals that are interested in making a difference to the park.  Colin Webb is the chair of this group and he would welcome your call.  Contact information is on the newsletter in the notice board at the entrance to the park.

We believe Godre'r Graig park began to be neglected around the 1950's after the Ministry of Defense had used it for training exercises during the second world war! So for around 50 years, wildlife took control of the area, slowly changing it back to a more rugged and rough appearance. 

Even though we are working to bring the park back into use for the community, we feel it is important that the natural, semi wild state, is not totally lost because it adds another dimension to the park. We know of several mammals in the park, bluebells, birds and more that have made a home there and these give an opportunity for the school and visitors to learn more about our native wildlife.

The environment and conservation group therefore has a role to make sure nature still has a place in the park. They were responsible for the installation of the wildlife pond to help provide more habitat for a locally rare damselfly and the pond can also be used for pond dipping so children can learn more about the watery world of bugs and beasties.

There are some invasive non-native species in the park such as Japanese Knotweed and Rhododendron which the group plans to eventually remove, making room for the native Welsh nature to move back in. Development of events also forms part of the role of this group and they are currently looking at running an evening with a bat detector so people can come along and listen to the songs of different bats in the park. 

Formal role of the Environment and Conservation group is detailed in the development plan

For the early risers among you, we'd like to know if you'd come to a dawn chorus event to have an expert explain to you all the different bird songs and what they mean.

So if you have an interest in nature and the wilder things in life, maybe this is the group for you? 

By Godre'r Graig Community Association
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