All posts by Dennis Henson

St David’s Rc school visit

The children very much enjoyed all aspects of your well planned day and believe that they were doing something to help, something authentic in their own small way, in caring for the woodland and the planet. Days like these help our children to see the positive steps that they can take on their journey to becoming valuable members of their own communities in later life, one of the goals of the new Curriculum for Wales. 

Pupil voice – nearly half of the class were blown away by the mushroom walk around Parson’s Wood and the knowledge about each species was incredible! The talk about the various species of trees and the Woodwide Web sparked many questions on return to school.

Just over a quarter of children again loved the therapeutic activity of bracken bashing and the rest loved the planting of the willow and having a go at the weaving and the creation of their own natural art pictures.

BLAEN BRAN COMMUNITY WOODLAND AWARDED Green Flag COmmunity Award 2021 / 2022

Celebrating Wales’ amazing green spaces

248 parks and green spaces in Wales have received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award. They include a diverse range of sites, from country parks and formal gardens, to allotments, woodlands and churchyards. 

Now in its third decade, the international Green Flag Award is a sign to the public that a park or green space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. 

In Torfaen – Blaen Bran Community Woodland along with Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden and Henllys LNR have been awarded Green Flag Community Awards.

Now in its third decade, the international Green Flag Award is a sign to the public that a park or green space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Independent green space experts volunteered their time in early autumn to judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Spring Clean Cymru – Spring CLEAN BLAEN BRAN

Spring Clean Up at Blaen Bran!

Sunday 13th June at 10.00am.  Caru Cymru!!

As part of the annual Torfaen CBC and Keep Wales Tidy Spring campaign to clean up our communities, we will be running our own litter pick event at the woodland next Sunday morning.

Meeting at the log circle for a 10.00 am start, we will have litter grabbers and bags available to volunteers who will be rewarded with a cuppa on their return to the cabin.

Keep an eye on the weather and wear suitable clothes/footwear. Social distancing and COVID awareness measures apply at collection/drop off.

 Come along and help make a difference!

BLAEN BRAN COMMUNITY WOODLAND AWARDED Green Flag COmmunity Award 2020 / 2021

Celebrating amazing green spaces

224 parks and green spaces in Wales have received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award. They include a diverse range of sites, from country parks and formal gardens, to allotments, woodlands and churchyards.

In Torfaen – Blaen Bran Community Woodland along with Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden and Henllys LNR have been awarded Green Flag Community Awards.

Now in its third decade, the international Green Flag Award is a sign to the public that a park or green space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Independent green space experts volunteered their time in early autumn to judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Green Flag Community Award 2019 / 2020

Blaen Bran Community Woodland are delighted to have achieved a Green Flag Community Award in recognition of our excellent standards.

We are one of 127 Green Flag Community Award sites across Wales. 

Achieving this status has been a team effort – it’s all thanks to our incredible team of volunteers !!!