Jul 23 2021

2021 Wales Volunteer Events

Prynhawn Da Wales Volunteers


I am excited to share some positive news with you: I am running some volunteer events this autumn!


I’ll be kicking off with an informal walk and talk in each of the four corners of Wales. I’m aiming for these to be face to face events – hopefully we won’t need the online back up option. These are really a chance to get to know each other, see a woods you might not have visited before and to share learning of all things tree. There’s a leaning towards ancient trees and woods this year. Whether you’re a new volunteer or a friendly face we haven’t seen for a while, it would be excellent to see you there. After these face to face events there will be two online evening sessions – a two part Symposium on Ancient Woods and Trees. Please see the dates below.


Gregynog Oak, Liz Fleming Williams/WTML


Four woodland walks to choose from – I hope one of these dates/locations suit you.

Weather appropriate attire and sturdy boots will be needed for each of these walks. Sensible travel and lunch expenses will be covered. Please RSVP to marthaboalch2@woodlandtrust.org.uk


Friday 10 September, Llennyrch near Blaenau Ffestiniog (CANCELLED DUE TO LOW NUMBERS)

A walk and talk around this stunning woods inside the Celtic Rainforest… Paying a visit to the café for lunch of course!

Meet next to the cafe at 10 am https://g.page/prysorcentre?share

I’m bringing a bit of an ancient tree theme to my volunteer events this year, so we can focus on the Ancient Tree Inventory, ancient woodland restoration and protection. Laura Shewring from our Outreach team and Ed Midmore, the Site Manager, will be coming along to share their insights.


Wednesday 6 October, Brynau near Neath (POSTPONED DUE TO STAFF CAPACITY – DATE TBC)

Chris Matts, the Site Manager, will be leading an Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) training day for our volunteers (times and directions to follow).

The ATI is an online mapping tool which enables citizen scientists to compile a map of our valuable ancient and veteran tress.

Ancient trees host an array of wildlife and are a part of our heritage. Identifying where ancient trees are takes us one step closer to giving them the care and protection they need.

Bring your own sandwiches and water – crisps, cakes and refreshments will be provided!


Friday 8 October, Plas Power Woods near Wrexham (happy for nearby volunteers from central and northern England to attend)

For this morning meet up, we will meet Becky Good, the Site Manager, in the Nant Mill car park at 9.30am. https://goo.gl/maps/9dH4xdpcRE8sTQWJ9

We will have a bit of a walk and along the way help Becky mark up Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) for thinning. We’ll learn more on the day, but the basic idea is to gradually remove conifers and invasive species to allow the native trees and ground flora to flourish. We’ll just be marking the trees not removing them!

Becky has recommended a nearby cafe to visit for lunch at about 12.30. https://oneplanetadventure.com/cafe-2/


Wednesday 13 October, Wentwood near Usk (CANCELLED DUE TO STAFF ILLNESS)

We’ll meet in the glade cafe car park for 10 am. https://g.page/thegladetearooms?share

Sashsa Ofnowska, the Volunteer Group Leader, will guide us around the woods picking up on the ancient woods and tree theme as we make our way.

Paula Keen, our Senior Outreach advisor, will tell us a bit her recent project on a book compiling Oliver Rackham’s work relating to the ancient woods and trees of south east Wales.

We’ll finish off with a visit to the tea rooms.


As the nights draw in, and before all the festive fanfare begins, I would like to invite you to our two evening Zoom events – the Ancient Tree Symposium

It would be excellent if can make it both! Please RSVP to marthaboalch2@woodlandtrust.org.uk Reminder and Zoom details to follow.


Ancient Tree Symposium – Part 1: Wednesday 10 November at 7pm

7.00pm Start

Round up of the year for Coed Cadw from Natalie Buttriss (Wales Director)

The role of fungi in ancient woodland – Emma Gilmartin (Conservation Advisor)

5 minute break

How to recognise ancient and veteran identification – Tom Reed (Citizen Science Officer – Ancient Tree Inventory)

New records of ancient trees in Wales Treescape – Laura Shewing (Treescape Lead Wales – Dyfi to Dwyryd)

8.40 END


Ancient Tree Symposium – Part 2: Wednesday 17 November at 7pm

7.00pm Start

Update from our volunteers Brian and Dave on their historical place name research

Influencing Policy surrounding ancient woods and trees – Jerry Langford (Public Affairs Manager, Wales)

5 minute break

Ancient Woodland Restoration – Andy Dodgeson (Outreach Adviser, Wales)

Outline of the year ahead for Coed Cadw from Natalie Buttriss (Wales Director)

8.40 END


Curly Oak at Wentwood Forest, Mark Zytynski/WTML

Curly Oak at Wentwood Forest, Mark Zytunski/WTML


Written by Martha Boalch, Volunteer Development Officer for Wales.

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