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SDF in action

In 2012 / 13 the AONB distributed £80,000 in grants through the Sustainable Development Fund, to a wide variety of projects. Here are just some of the projects supported in a little more detail.

Countryside Grants Scheme

The AONB has delivered a Countryside Grant scheme since 2007, with assistance from the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group. The scheme offers up to 50% grant aid towards conservation and boundary restoration schemes, such as dry stone walling, hedgerow planting and management and woodland planting. Since 2007 the scheme has helped over 12km of hedgerows to be protected, planted and properly managed through laying or coppicing. More than 3 acres of woodland have been planted, and 500m of dry stone wall repaired. So far, more than 40 farms have benefitted from the scheme.

In 2012/13 over 2,000m of hedgerows were planted or improved, 1250m of these in the new extension area of the AONB. 13 farms took advantage of the scheme, 8 of those in the newly extended area.

Warren Woods Education Centre

Since 1999 the Woodland Skills Centre at Warren Woods, Bodfari, have been running training courses in traditional woodland skills such as coppicing, charcoal making and greenwood crafts. There are currently around 60 courses a year provided for schools, youth and community groups; as well as a Forest School on the site.

The SDF grant was to help with the construction of a new education centre; timber framed, clad with natural insulation, heated by a wood burning stove and generating its own electricity. During construction, free courses in sustainable building techniques were run as well.

Moel y Gaer Excavation

Moel y Gaer Bodfari Archaeological Excavation

Under the direction of Gary Lock, Emeritus Professor at Oxford Institute of Archaeology, using both professional and Oxford University student assistance, this project has built upon topographical and geophysical work carried out through the Heather and Hillforts project at Moel y Gaer Iron Age Hillfort, Bodfari.

The SDF contribution has helped a first season of excavation take place, focusing on areas highlighted as of interest in surveys carried out in 2011. Local community involvement was encouraged through organised guided walks and an open day.

Shearing competition

Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers Rally

The Young Farmers Rally is the highlight of the year and was held on June 16th 2012 at the Rhug Estate near Corwen. 13 clubs attended and competed against each other in a variety of activities including dancing, singing, cookery and crafts, as well as sheep shearing and wool handling. Stock judging had taken place before the event, with results being announced on the day. All activities were held indoors except for the ever popular tug-of-war event.

The rally was won by the AONB based Llangollen club

Ty Mawr Country Park Living History Festival

On June 3rd and 4th 2012, a Dark Ages Living History Festival was held at Ty Mawr Country Park. Re-enactors provided entertainment over the weekend. The event was preceded by school visits to the Country Park.

Hidden Range DVD

This grant was to assist with the production of a DVD that informs visitors just how special Loggerheads Country Park is, in order to increase people’s enjoyment from their visit and understanding of the area. The DVD, which will play in the Audio Visual room at Loggerheads, will bring to life some of the parks rarely seen wildlife, giving visitors a glimpse of species which would otherwise remain unseen. The DVD will also take visitors to places in the park that they couldn’t normally go to, such as down the mine adits and underwater in the river.

Prestatyn Walking Festival 2012

Each year the Prestatyn Walking Festival brings walkers to the AONB to join in a variety of walks. This year the festival went as far afield as the Offa’s Dyke Path near Llangollen, and encouraged people to experience some of the walking opportunities the AONB has to offer.

You’ll Never Walk Alone Volunteers Walking for Health Scheme

The SDF grant has helped to enable the Walking for Health Scheme, which aims to improve health, encourages participants to meet new people and make friends with a free weekly, all year round, walks programme led by volunteers which caters for all levels, abilities and ages. Walks range from ½ hr beginners up to 2.5 hrs with local walks and walks in other areas in Denbighshire including areas of AONB and the Clwydian Range.

Llanarmon and District Conservation Society Interpretation Project

The Llanarmon and District Conservation Society have re-printed the popular booklet ‘Just one Parish’, as well as producing and installing 2 new interpretation panels on the Offa’s Dyke Path. The panels give walkers information about two burial mounds close to the path, as well as advertising the facilities Llanarmon yn Ial can offer visitors.

Glyndyfrdwy Carnival

The only large scale community event in Glyndyfrdwy, the carnival is an event for all ages. With the closure of the pub, school and shop, the carnival is able to provide continuity in the community. The SDF funding was important in ensuring the success of the event.

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