Meet the current team that makes it all happen below – the woodland directors…
The committee want to thank the key organising volunteers, as well as those who have helped in the past – here
All users of the woodland should give their thanks to the founder members who negotiated the lease, obtained the funding and turned the woodland into what we have today – here
Glyn Jones – Chairman
Glyn has been a director since July 2012 but, after the resignation of David Williams, was elected Chairman of the directors. He can be seen most mornings walking his dog, Alfie, in the woodland and generally ensures meetings are organised away from times when he watches rugby!!
Roger Stevenson – Secretary
Recently retired from teaching at Woodland Junior School. He has lived in Upper Cwmbran since 1990. He owns and occasionally breeds Cardigan corgis which he likes to walk in the forest. He is also involved in a number of other local community projects such as the Twmbarlwm Society. Roger was our Chairman from the start until the 2010 AGM and is now the secretary. First became interested in the forest when a tree fell on him in 1992!
David Orphan – Treasurer
David was clerk to Cwmbran Community Council when it first became involved in securing the woodland for the community. It seems only fitting that, on his retirement, he volunteered to become treasurer, a role he has filled admirably since July 2012.
Jeff is not only a director but the volunteer coordinator and almost single handedly gets the woodland machines maintained without involving the rest of the committee. He is seen lots up the woodland helping out but he’s not that scary. Unfortunately he does like caravans but we dont hold that against him 🙂
Also one of the original directors, Chris is a long time inhabitant of the Square, Upper Cwmbran so the woodland is on his doorstep. Chris designed the BBCW logo which can be seen on the notice boards as well as designing the ford over the stream. He is obviously multi-talented as, apart from his bespoke fitted kitchen business, he is also landlord of the Bush Inn!!!
David was until recently a Cwmbran Community Councillor and works in local government. Has lived in the area for the last 20 years, and has six children who have all enjoyed excursions to the wood. Served for many years as our Secretary. David also sits on the Board of Llais y Goedwig, the umbrella body for community woodlands across Wales, formed in November 2009 – of which BBCW is a member.
David is the real hero of Blaen Bran as he was the agent for the man who sold us the lease. With a degree and a lifetime in forestry, what he doesn’t know about trees isn’t worth knowing. he is a fount of knowledge and advice as well as knowing just about everyone involved in woodland and wildlife in south Wales. He is one of the original directors of the woodland.
Lynn has the closest possible connection to the woodland as she lives in Mineslope Cottage, nestled underneath the woodland.
Martyn is district commissioner for the Scouts so has a vested interest in them using the woodland for camping, orienteering and other activities. He is always keen to offer their assistance for any work that needs to be done.