2018 BBCW calendar ‘creative competition’

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The August picture in the 2018 BBCW calendar will belong to the winner of the ‘creative competition’.

It needs to be about the woodland (in the summer months) but can be anything as long as we can take a photo of it or scan it in, in order to be printed in the calendar.

Categories will be 6 years and under, 7-11 and 12 to 16.

The winner will also get a full year’s family membership and a tree to plant too.

Deadline ready for voting will be the end of August.

Save the Children – Den Day – POSTPONED

Save the Children - Den Day

We held a Den Day in 2015 and again in August 2016 and we will hold another Den Day in 2017.


Feel free to turn up any time, we will direct you to a place where you can build your den.
We ask for a donation of £2 which will go to Save the Children.
We will provide branches, sticks and leaves but feel free to gather your own.
It’s a great activity for a family and proved great fun last time.
Some Dads even let the children help!

Sue will be helping and refreshments will be available.
So come along and join in even if you don’t have children with you !!

Postponed, we will let you know the new date soon … starting at 2pm at the Log Circle.
Children and adults welcome.

Raising money for Save the Children

Fire Brigade training visits

Our local fire service will be bringing some young firefighters up to Blaen Bran on Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 13th June for a training exercise.

They will be bringing one engine into the woodland and will probably go to the area close to our charcoal oven, at the far end of the service track.

This is a planned activity with  no need to be alarmed.

Sunday 2nd April – tree planting day

Volunteers have planted over a thousand trees already this winter, and now we have another thousand to plant!!!

So why not join us on Sunday 2nd April, setting off from the log circle at 10am, we’ll make our way up to the planting area in the top, clear felled, section.

Anyone arriving later than 10am can make their own way up to the top (take the main track up to the pond, turn right towards the Mountain Air end, and after approx 150 metres take the left track into the felled area – look out for the Blaen Bran flag!!
We’ll remind everyone nearer to the day

Spring Clean litter pick at Blaen Bran

Another date for your diaries!
We are supporting Keep Wales Tidy and Torfaen CBC in their campaign to have a Spring Clean-up across the borough.
At Blaen Bran on our next Volunteering Sunday – March 5th we are looking for volunteers to litter pick the woodland, and also our car park and The Square. We’ll have a bunch of “grabbers” (litter pickers) available from Steve. Meeting at the log circle at 10am, we’ll spread out from there, meeting back up for a cuppa.

Tree planting day

replanting 2015

A tree planting day is being arranged for Sunday 26th February, up at Blaen Bran.
Meeting at the log circle, to set off at 10.00am, we will make our way up to the planting area which is the northern end of the felled area up at the top of the woodland.
We have a 1000 bare root saplings to put in, including hazel, sweet chestnut, oak, alder and poplar. Many of the trees have been provided by our friends at Cwmbran Community Council, as part of a flood prevention initiative.
It would be great to see as many volunteers as possible up there on the day. Hopefully we will have support from local scouts and other groups too.
Boots or wellies would be advised.
Anyone arriving later than 10am can make their own way up to the top (It’s the Mountain Air end of the felled area)
We’ll remind everyone nearer to the day

Social evening with Friends of the Earth

Together with Friends of the Earth, we are holding a quiz and games evening at the Bush Inn, Upper Cwmbran, on Tuesday 29th November at 7.30pm.
This is always a great night, with quizzes, games, dingbats, anagrams and more.
Tickets (£5 inc chips and a roll) are available from the Bush, or call 01633 875704
Come and join in a great night – and support some good causes too.

Relax in Cwmbran

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