Monday, 15 November 2021

Thank you and update on the active travel network map (Cycle superhighway) consultation

We would like to send out a very big thank you to all who engaged with Cardiff Council’s consultation on their Active Travel Network Map proposals in respect of the Nant Fawr corridor. Thank you to all who supported us in voicing your concerns and objections to the proposals of building a superhighway through the site.

At the close of the consultation there were 476 responses for the Cyncoed ward, which was nearly 35% of the entire response rate across all wards.

As we understand it from the department of Planning, Transport and Environment the responses will be analysed and subject to the outcome of this consultation process changes may be made to the Active Travel Network Map before it is finalised and presented to the Welsh Government in time for the deadline of 31st December.

We have been assured by the above department that “the majority of routes and schemes proposed on the Active Travel Network Map will still be subject to further design and development work, including public consultation on detailed scheme proposals and this would apply to any proposals within the Nant Fawr Corridor”.


We will keep you updated as and when we are made aware of any updates.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Friends of Nant Fawr response to the Consultation on the proposed cycle/walking superhighway

As a group we have major concerns about the cycle path / superhighway that has been proposed to run through Nant Fawr. This would likely be four metres wide, lit and tarmacked. Though we understand and agree with a general push towards cycling and reduced car use, we have several concerns – including:

  • This highway will destroy large sections of the woodland and damage the wildlife that lives here, harming the natural beauty, ecology and bio-diversity of the area and be damaging to the bat populations.
  • The consultation does not contain enough specifics for the public to easily understand the plans. How many local people are even aware of these proposals?
  • The path is popular with dog walkers and children, which leads to potential health and safety issues.
  • There are plans to introduce a cycle path along Rhyd-y-Penau Road so that, in effect, we could have cycle paths running almost parallel for much of the route. Indeed Welsh Government’s own stated preference is for cycle routes to repurpose existing road space wherever possible and we suspect that most commuters would use the road as it would be quicker and remove concerns about walkers/dogs in leads etc, so we suspect that a cycle path in Nant Fawr would have little use. Frankly, this would be a poor use of public funds even aside from the ecological and safety issues.
  • We are not convinced that an adequate assessment has been made of the likely usage versus the cost and damage of this proposal, especially given the proposed cycle lane on Rhyd-y-Penau (and other roads nearby) and a shift towards working from home.

The full response from Friends of Nant Fawr to the Active Travel Network Map consultation can be seen HERE (the pages are also posted below as image files). The docs version, which is easier to copy text from, is HERE.

Responses are welcomed by 31 October 2021 and if you would like to respond to the consultation yourself then please click HERE.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Green Flag Community Award - fifth year in a row!

We’re delighted to announce that for the fifth year running we have been awarded the Community Award in recognition of the dedicated volunteer involvement, high environmental standards and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

This is a national award that recognises high quality green spaces in the UK that are managed by voluntary and community groups. The award is part of the Green Flag Award Scheme, the national standard for quality parks and green spaces and is managed by Keep Wales Tidy. 

The press release is shown below.

Saturday, 16 October 2021

October Workday- Nant Fawr - Sunday 24 October

 for our next workday we will meet beside Heol Esgyn Bridge at 10.00 am until 12 noon

We will be clearing drainage channels in Woods Covert and cutting back rank vegetation in the Paddock.

Please will any newcomers contact Lesley Anne Baxter in advance for a volunteer form as we are still under COVID regulations. Her email address is

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, 26 September 2021

September Workday

Well it was good to good to be back!  We were only a small select group today but we managed to rake the “Wild Meadow” at the top of the site. Kevin our Ranger had been able to cut the grass with the Council”s new little red tractor (known as “Mr Pickles”) We hope that we will be rewarded with a good display of orchids and other wild flowers next spring.


Thursday, 2 September 2021

GRR............WE ARE ANGRY..............!

 We are ANGRY,  VERY ANGRY!   At a time when we are being encouraged to plant trees across Wales, certain young yobbos have decided to chop trees down in Woods Covert to make yet another BMX track.  They were seen attacking the trees with a saw and an axe. 

Thank you to the observant local residents who were able to photograph them and follow one home.  The police have been involved.   

We will not welcome these individuals in Woods Covert again.

If anyone else sees some similar acts of vandalism, please contact us!    

Monday, 30 August 2021

The August Hay Rake 29 August 2021

This was a great success despite the fact that we couldn't offer cider and welsh cakes!

Thank you to all the volunteers who came back after 18 months. It was good also to welcome some new members and their families.  We managed to rake the two fields and cut back some of the hedges. Hopefully we will see the results in the form of a good display of wild flowers again next summer.

Next month we are planning to meet at the top of the site near Rhydyblewin farmhouse on Sunday 26 September at 10.00am.  More news later including details as to whether volunteers will still need to book in advance. 

The Annual General Meeting 25 August 2021

 We decided to try and hold a physical meeting with social distancing instead of a virtual meeting and our Secretary, Lesley Anne Baxter, kindly offered her garden.

We managed to gather together a quorum and were able to consider the usual reports.   Both the Chairman, Jane Williams and the Treasurer, Pat Bishop indicated their willingness to continue in post until the end of March 2022.  

Kevin Date, our Council Ranger, outlined the work which was needed to attempt to catch up with the last few months where the numbers using the site have been very high and where there has been much heavy damage to paths in particular.

We also had a useful discussion about Cardiff Council's proposals to develop a "super cycle highway" through the site to link up with the housing developments in Lisvane and Pontprennau.  We intend to object strongly to these proposals and hope that members of the public, whether members of the Friends of Nant Fawr or not will also respond to the Council by the closing date on 31 October. (see  if you do not wish to respond via the consultation portal, please contact your local Councillors and ask them to do so on your behalf.

If you wish to get in touch with The Friends of Nant Fawr you can contact us on