Peaceful Plas Power
Take a drive, just 3 miles east of Wrexham town centre, heading towards Coedpoeth (Welsh for “hot wood” if your Welsh isn’t up to scratch) and you’ll find the Plas Power estate, known more familiarly to the locals as Nant Mill. Tucked away in the valley, flanking the river Clywedog (Welsh lesson no. 2 – “audible river”) this place is steeped in history from the industrial revolution.
The estate is still home to three mills which played a major role in the start of the industrial revolution. Nant Mill made corn, Turkey Mill, leather and Bersham made iron. In fact it was here that John Wilkinson of Telford’s Iron Bridge fame established his iron empire at Bersham along the river.
Our work in these woodlands is mainly to de-conifer the area, bringing light back to the forest floor to let nature flourish again. We are clearly doing an excellent job! The aptly named “dark wood” area which is home to most of the remaining conifers have made dust of the forest floor but fortunately it stands out like a sore thumb in comparison to the rest of the woodlands. The walk is now rich with Birch, Elm, Ash, Yew and Sycamore and if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a kingfisher or a polecat.
There are 3 or 4 popular routes through these woods so if you’re local you won’t get bored of repeat visits. Coming from further afield? See if you can coincide with a match day and you might even catch a glimpse of Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds who has just bought our football team!
Written by Fiona Evans, Whittle Reporter Volunteer.
Photos by Mark Zytynski / WTML.