Wenffrwd Nature Reserve
You can explore this recently opened site by following the 0.5 miles of surfaced path. It winds through a variety of habitats and offers beautiful views across the River Dee before returning to the opposite side of the car park.
This whole mound of land is the result of several decades of tipping household, commercial and industrial waste from the Llangollen area. Up to 75,000 tonnes were dumped each year until it stopped receiving rubbish in the 1980s, although the transfer station was available for the local population until 2008.
Nature has done an excellent job at reclaiming the site. The wildflower meadows provide food for pollinators and yellow meadow ants which make the anthills that you will see. The thick bramble offers safe areas for birds and mammals, as well as many delicious blackberries (you are welcome to take your share).
The beech and pine woodland was planted on an older section of landfill. Many of the trees on site look damaged, but this can provide excellent roosting opportunities for bats and homes for solitary bees.
This year we will continue to work on creating links from this site to the Llangollen Canal and back to Llangollen. We will also be adding diversity to the site through tree planting and the creation of new wildflower areas. Surveys will be carried out to build on our knowledge of the wildlife using this land and if you would like to get involved in these activities, or have other suggestions about the site, please contact us at:
Our Picturesque Landscape
Our Picturesque Landscape Project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund