Saturday, 25 December 2021

Seasonal Greetings!

 The Friends of Nant Fawr send their best wishes to all our readers, particularly those who are housebound or alone this year.

We hope that 2022 will be a happier year in many ways and that we will be able to continue with our workdays and to start other events as well.

For those who can make it, there will be a workday on 30 January, meeting at the Reservoir Car Park at 10.00.

There will be a workday on Sunday 27 February, same time, same place.  

Stay safe everyone, and try to enjoy some walks in the woods when it stops raining!

Monday, 20 December 2021

December Workday

 We had a good turnout for our final workday this year and at last the rain stayed away.  Under Kevin's instruction we cut back the hedge beside the  reservoir carpark.  The branches we cut off are woven back into the hedge to thicken it and make shelter for the wildlife.

Finally, we finished with mince pies and Kevin's famous mulled wine. Years ago, Mary Evans made mince pies, but sadly they were left within reach of a passing Labrador, never to be seen again!

Thanks to all our volunteers who do such a great job. We hope that we will be able to continue in 2022 with no stoppages.

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes to you all!

Next workday - Sunday 30 January, meet at Reservoir Car Park,  10.00am 

Monday, 29 November 2021

November Workday

 We had a successful workday on Sunday with two new volunteers and several old faces!  Fortunately the weather was  kind. 

The group were working at the top of the site in Rhydyblewinn meadow. They cut back the encroaching saplings which were spreading across the meadow, and formed a good hedge to shelter creatures in the winter.

Others widened the path  and  cleared vegetation from the entrance to the site . We also tidied up round the fruit trees which were planted  by Llanishen High school pupils a few years ago.

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.