Monday, 21 June 2021

Have your say re the Proposed Cycle Path!!

 Cardiff Council are preparing a new Local Development Plan (LDP)

The Plan contains a map showing a cycle path (a dotted green line) running through the Nant Fawr meadows and woods from the new development between Pontprennau and Lisvane in North East Cardiff. On the same map is a blue line called a "Strategic Recreation Route" which appears to be the current footpath through the site.

If the cycle path is developed, it is likely to be a wide, well lit and tarmaced "super highway" cycle path on the lines of those being developed in Bute Park and the Taff Trail.  Such a feature would harm the ecology and bio-diversity of the area, with the possible 24 hour lighting  having a damaging effect on or bat populations and would present a potential health and safety issue as this area is so heavily used by pedestrians with young children and dogs.

If you have concerns about this proposal then please let the Council know asap at https://cardiffldp.consultation.  The deadline for responses is 23 July.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Where next?

 The Friends of Nant Fawr are volunteers who help to maintain and improve the 100 acres of woodland, meadows, streams,  ponds and parkland which make up this area.

Currently the Cardiff Council will not allow groups of volunteers to meet on regular work days due to COVID restrictions. However a few of us have been working with the Council Ranger, following appropriate social distancing regulations, in an attempt  to tackle some of the most urgent problems.

If there is anyone out there with a bit of time to spare who would like to get involved with these tasks, please contact us!

We are also looking for more help on our committee especially with publicity and IT support. Do you have these skills and a bit of time and fancy the challenge?

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Friday, 29 January 2021

The End of an Era


Some of you may have noticed that the bird viewing platform facing Lisvane Reservoir is being dismantled for safety reasons.   It was built by the volunteers from The Friends of Nant Fawr over 20 years  ago and was opened in 1998.

The platform was constructed by filling old tyres  with stones and then surrounding those with a wooden framework.  It has proved very popular with birdwatchers, as it was a good vantage point to watch the birds on the reservoir.  Sadly, over the last few years the wood has started to rot and it was felt it was not possible to renovate it.

One of the concerns which the Friends and the Council had was the fact that the platform was quite high above the surrounding area and it was  looking dangerous once the protecting fences had rotted.

It has been confirmed by Welsh Water that they are planning to erect a bird hide on the edge of Lisvane Reservoir close to the spot where the bird viewing platform stood.   Hence it has been decided to go ahead with removing the old structure.
The bird hide will be accessible to the public as there are plans to develop an access point to the reservoir in due course, a few hundred yards to the south of the platform.

Jane Williams

Saturday, 19 December 2020

 Seasonal Greetings!

We would like to wish all our readers best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

This has been a difficult year for the Friends of Nant Fawr as we have been unable to set up any of our usual activities such as the monthly work days with volunteers, the Family Fun Day, and organised Walks.

Our Ranger, Kevin Date has been able to work on his own for part of the year and has done a great job in managing the paths and attacking the encroaching undergrowth. We do hope that when the vaccine has been widely distributed, we will be able to get back to normality in the Spring and the workdays will re-commence.

During 2020, our area of woodlands and meadows has proved extremely popular with families dog walkers and cyclists.  A number of people have joined the membership and we look forward to meeting some new volunteers in due course.

The increased use of the site has meant that the paths have been heavily used this year and we have appreciated the positive feedback which we have received from new visitors in particular. The other side of this of course is the fact the excessive use of the paths especially during wet weather, has meant that the paths have become extremely worn and in need of attention. It will not be possible to start repairing the paths until the workdays start again. In the meantime it would be very helpful if the two side paths through Rhydypenau Woods were avoided as these have no stone base and become easily churned up.

We hope you are able to enjoy Christmas wherever you are living (some of our readers live in other countries) and  that the New Year will be a great deal more positive!

Jane Williams, Chairman Friends of Nant Fawr.