Woodland wonders: Coed Bryn Oer: Woodland wonders

Welcome to Plant!
at Coed Bryn Oer

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This web site focuses on learning about woodlands

PLANT! project

Caerphilly County Borough Council has received funding from the Plant! project, which is a Welsh Government initiative to plant a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales from 1 January 2008 to help create a Welsh National forest of native trees at several sites around Wales.

The original idea for the scheme came from a Cardiff schoolgirl, Natalie Vaughan, 11 who wrote to her Assembly Member, Sue Essex, suggesting that planting a tree for every child born or adopted would be a good way to make young people think about their environment and the role they have in preserving it.

Each child receives a certificate stating where their tree will be planted. By planting a tree to celebrate the birth or adoption of every child in Wales, Plant! will create new woodlands for future generations. The project will help to build a stronger connection between people and their environment and improve native habitats. It will allow parents to play their part in nurturing a healthy planet in which their child and their tree is growing.

Two events have taken place to celebrate Plant! at Coed Bryn Oer in the last year.

Pupils from Ysgol Y Lawnt, Upper Rhymney and Bryn Bach Primary planted native trees at Coed Bryn Oer in March in 2010 to celebrate the opening of the 1st anniversary of the site. The children were joined by Jane Davidson, the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing.

During the second event, in October 2010, the three schools took part in bug hunting, fire making with toasting marshmallows and food chain games, which were organized and led by the Rangers of the Countryside and Landscape service.

The Rangers also helped the pupils from the above schools with collecting seeds from nearby woodlands during November. These were planted into pots, so they grow into saplings during the winter months to then be transplanted to the school grounds during the spring.

Schools visiting Coed Bryn Oer

The activities on this web site can be used at Coed Bryn Oer, but they can also be used at other woodland sites in school grounds or other Country Parks in Caerphilly County such as Parc Cwm Darran, Parc Penallta, Sirhowy Valley Country Park, Parc Coetir Bargod, Pen Y Fan Pond Country Park and Bryn Bach Country Park.

If a school wants to visit the Coed Bryn Oer, it is important that they contact the Countryside and Landscape Section so they can book a Countryside Ranger to meet them at the site. This woodland is open to the public and the Caerphilly Ranger Service offers educational visits and can deliver activities.

Contact details for the Countryside and Landscape Section are found below this page. The Ranger will help organise the visit and arrange and deliver activities for you.

Bryn Bach Country Park is adjacent to Coed Bryn Oer and is managed by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. The park has a café, toilet facilities, a Forest School area and a Countryside Ranger service. There is an abundance of habitats for pupils to discover various wildlife. Contact details for Bryn Bach Country Park are below.

If you wish to get more information on what the Caerphilly Countryside Rangers can offer please email countryside@caerphilly.gov.uk or telephone (01443) 875557.

To visit Bryn Bach Country Park please e-mail parcbrynbach@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk or telephone 01495 711816.