Monday 25th June 2012

Welsh wildlife expert and TV presenter Iolo Williams launched the Crwys Community Woodland off Tirmynydd Road, Three Crosses

Most of us have a good idea once in a while to improve our neighbourhood, but few take it further.

The Crwys and District Sports Association (CDSA) in Three Crosses had the enthusiasm and also the wherewithal to secure funding and then execute their vision of a woodland with boardwalks, ponds and native wildflowers.

And, in rare June sunshine

On top of the timber boardwalk is an “all ability path” suitable for everybody, plus benches and an education and picnic area.

Despite its relatively small size, the woodland is set to pack a diverse punch nature-wise, with wet grassland, marsh, scrub and trees, providing a home for frogs, grey wagtails and marsh tits, among others.

The project took some two and a half years to complete and was financed by approximately £50,000 from the Welsh Government, Countryside Council for Wales, Keep Wales Tidy and European-funded Rural Development Programme.

The Gower Society gave money to buy plants and seeds, while volunteers as well as CDSA members contributed time and effort.

More than 100 people attended this week’s launch, and the CDSA received an award for the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales.

The site is also home to Dunvant and Three Crosses AFC.

Local School Children from Cryws Primary attend the area regularly for the Forest School (classes).

PCSO Boath said ”I was lucky to be invited along for the event and thoroughly enjoyed the event. So I would like to take this opportunity to say a Big Thank-you to all involved.”