The work party kicked off the year with a hearty breakfast at Thirty Five café in Solva to mark their achievements in 2016 and to prepare for the new year ahead. They were joined by members of the Friends Executive Committee and National Park.
The work party undertakes tasks within the Park including repairing footpaths and structures, painting, litter picking and clearing vegetation. Highlights for 2016 included clearing gorse at Lydstep Haven, restoration of a Lime Kiln at East Hook, clearing coppiced woods, path repairs and meadow scything at Stackpole and clearing and rebuilding listed church walls at Llanwnda.
Alan Mason the work party leader said “The breakfast is a great opportunity for the group to meet up with wardens and leaders from the National Park and discuss projects for the year ahead. Already we have projects involving constructing a new footpath through woodland in Dale and are looking at assisting with the possible construction of a footbridge on the outskirts of Solva.”
Locations and dates were agreed with tasks over the next three months allocated at Dale, Stackpole, Aberhigian, Aberfforest and Garn Fawr. During the late Spring/Summer the group will turn their attention to tackling Himalayan Balsam in the Gwaun Valley with one Tuesday a month allocated to that task.
In 2016 the work party completed the equivalent of more than 300 person days improving and enhancing the park and are looking to better this in 2017. The group often works in idyllic locations and is always looking for new members to join.
The work party meets on Tuesdays, 10am – 3pm, and carries out conservation and enhancement work within the National Park. If you would like try out a session with the work party please use the contact form.
Press Release submitted about the stalwart work of the Friends Work Party. To see the release in full please click here
The latest schedule for Work Parties is:-
Tuesday 17th Jan – Castle Beach Footpath Project – Dale – Daniel Wynn
Tuesday 24th Jan – Castle Beach Footpath Project – Dale – Daniel Wynn
Tuesday 31st Jan – Castle Beach Footpath Project – Dale – Daniel Wynn
Tuesday 7th Feb – Task TBA – Stackpole – Alex Shilling
Tuesday 14th Feb – Task TBA – Aberhigian – Carol Owen
Tuesday 21st Feb – Castle Beach Footpath Project – Dale – Daniel Wynn
Tuesday 28th Feb – Task TBA – Aberfforest – Carol Owen
Tuesday 7th Mar – Task TBA – Stackpole – Alex Shilling
Tuesday 14th Mar – Task TBA – Garn Fawr Car Park – Ian Meopham
Tuesday 21st Mar – TBC
Tuesday 28th Mar – Task TBA – Ian Meopham
Tuesday 4th Apr – Task TBA – Stackpole – Alex Shilling
Tuesday 11th Apr – TBC
Tuesday 18th Apr – TBC
Tuesday 25th Apr – Task TBA – Ian Meopham
During the Spring/Summer we will turn our attention to tackling Himalayan Balsam in the Gwaun Valley and I will allocate a week a month to that task.