Nature Friendly Community Woodlands – Vaynor

In Spring 2019 over 1,800 trees were planted at the far end of Vaynor fields, a large pond and dipping platform was installed, enabling local schools and community groups to interact with nature. This space has turned a previously mown ‘green dessert’ in to a new ‘Nature Friendly Community Woodland’ area.

Benefits / Impact

This benefit promotes the most effective form of carbon capture / mitigation, through planting of trees on previously un-important habitats. The project will help promote clean water initiatives, helping to protect our River Severn. It has increase habitats and biodiversity and ensures that future generations may still benefit from this beautiful natural asset.

The pond is surrounded by a chestnut pail fencing, and much of the bund / bank has been planted up with a ‘spiky’ hedge to deter access from all but the dipping platform only. Some of the very rarest of native trees have been planted in addition to the main woodland area, those of the ‘Black Poplar’.

Further information

If you would like contact Gary Mitchell (Project Manager) about this project please complete our Feedback form and select ‘Project: Community Woodlands’ from the drop down menu.

Costs & Funding

Open Newtown secured funding for this project through Hafren Dyfrdwy ‘sustainable drainage system’ fund.

Addressing concerns

Plans were revised before the installation of trees noting concerns from Vaynor residents.

Alignment to National, County and local strategy

The Nature Friendly Community Woodlands sits well with the National Focus on ‘Local Places for Nature’, the Clean Water Strategy, ‘Pest Smart’ national framework for river pollutants and the Carbon capture and Climate change mitigation.

We have worked in partnership with Hafren Dyfrdwy and The Woodland trust to bring this project to Vaynor.

Future additions

Picnic bench seating, interpretation / information boards.


Will anything else be installed in the wet woodlands area?

In the future this area may see future additions (e.g picnic benches), depending on future funding opportunities and community feedback.



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