Thanks to the following current key organisational volunteers ….
Steve Smith – aka Coed Flidais
Steve is our only currently funded member thanks to a grant from ??? until ???. In short, he is a woodland expert. He knows how to drive a tractor, live without electricity, make a wood spoon and all sorts of everything I’ve never needed to do. For all we know he may live in the woodland – like a Cwmbran “Grizzly Adams” ! 🙂 He works ? days a week at the woodland, leading volunteering activities, fixing things, making things, recommending maintenance solutions, teaching volunteers and student groups in forestry skills and normally has a solution for any problem in the woodland we cant solve – in short the committee is jealous – but hugely grateful for him being here!!
Sue is currently our membership administrator and is a Facebook moderator (shared with Kerry) but also makes our calendars and helps with event organisation. Often at volunteering activities and she still has time to walk her dogs in the woodland!!
Kerry shares the membership duties and Facebook moderation with Sue, and also has been organising volunteer group activities. Often at volunteering maintenance events with the family.
Shane helps with the website admin and attends as many events as he can with his family. He normally produces the best photos of the day at the events – as he helps run a photography club.
Daughters and mrs spotted a request to volunteer to plant some trees in March 2015. Since then, I’ve been hooked – how have I lived in Cwmbran since 1993 and not seen this treasure until now!! I’ve helped with the website and go up to the ‘mountain gym’ to volunteer when I’m not at work dragging the family along when they’re available. As a computer guy, it’s been good learning the skills of controlled burning of brash, planting trees, bracken bashing and digging drainage ditches and why they need to be done. Also been to most of the public organised events this year. Good people, good place to go – nuff said!
And thanks to the following who have played an important part in the community woodland’s history ….
Roy was another of the original directors. A keen local historian, he has led many walks in the woodland, pointing out things of historical interest. He was membership secretary but resigned in 2012. However he still has an active role in the woodland and recently became a director of Blaen Bran Woodland Services, the social enterprise run in the woodland.
Mark was another of the original directors, living, as he did at the time, in Mineslope cottage. His business activities have precluded his full involvement in the woodland, although he can still be seen walking his dogs there.
John was the first person to be co-opted onto the directors where he proved himself invaluable for many years. He eventually resigned only so he could devote his time to being a director of the social enterprise.
David moved into Mineslope cottage in 2009 and soon proved to be invaluable about the woodland. He became a director that year and began to organise volunteer work. He resigned in October 2011 as he had been appointed woodland manager by the newly formed social enterprise.
Debbie is another resident of the Square and was a director from 2006 to 2011 when she was unable to continue. She was a willing and enthusuastic volunteer in the woodland.
Rob came to be a director from Friends of the Earth in 2009 and stayed until 2013 when other commitments forced him to resign. He still does volunteer work in the woodland and is a dab hand with a chainsaw.
Jane became a director in 2008 and, as she worked for the Environment Agency, she brought a welcome scientific viewpoint to the directors. She resigned in 2011 to become company secretary of the newly formed enterprise.
Ralph became a director and treasurer in 2009. He unfortunately had to resign in 2012 but still does volunteer work and sometimes helps with grant applications, a job at which he was highly skilled.
Cliff became a director and treasurer in 2008 unitl the death of his wife led to him relocating to Cornwall in 2009.
Rees was one of the original directors whose main interest was the Scouts. Other commitments meant he had to resign after one year.