Open to interpretation

An interpretation board designed by Jonathan Hurley Design was unveiled today at the beautiful Coed-y-Bwl nature reserve in Castle Upon Alan.

Run by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, the open day was timed to coincide with the display of the wood’s famous wild daffodil display and was attended by Alun Cairns, Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, and Murray McClaggan of Merthyr Mawr Estate.

The interpretation panel which is mounted in a cairn built from local limestone and a colour brochure were partly funded by a £5,000 Lottery Awards For All grant.

The prime conservation target is to save Coed-y-Bwl’s locally-rare wild daffodil population in the wake of Dutch elm disease which ravaged the wood over thirty years ago.

Today, the wood is thriving again after the loss of many trees. But management tasks such as coppicing, boundary wall repairs, footpath restoration and clearance of wind-blown trees and branches, still occupy the group’s regular Sunday morning work parties.

For more information on the work of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, please click here