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Craig K spoke to Hywel Dodd from the Bodelwyddan Castle Trust on Thursday 11th February about the recent grant that was awared to them from the Gwynt y Môr Wind Farm Community Fund. Hywel spoke to Craig about the work that the trust does, how they help people with learning difficulties and how the grant will help them grow and orchard.
You can listen again to the full interview below:
Bodelwyddan Castle Trust has been awarded £5915.70 from the Gwynt y Môr Wind Farm Community Fund which is a direct result of the partnership between RWE Innogy, Stadtkwerke Munchen, Siemens and the Green Investment Bank. The fund will provide more than £19 million to communities in the coastal areas of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire throughout the lifetime of the project. Bodelwyddan Castle Trust are one of the latest awardees of the fund which will be making annual payments of £768,000.
Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire’s premier heritage attraction which attracts around 55,000 – 60,000 visitors per annum, will use its recent grant to fund phase two of its Parkland Orchard project. The main aim of the project is to create an accessible environmental experience that will be an attractive destination as well as an important teaching resource.
Phase two of the project involves the planting of a native hedgerow around the orchard, with a protective fence and gated access. The ground will be prepared and sown with local provenance wildflower seed. The area will be fully accessible with a swathe cut through the meadow in summer. Information panels will be developed, directional signage put in place, and bench seating and wheelchair areas installed.
Partners and volunteers will be involved in the planning, development and maintenance of the site. These activities will provide meaningful life experiences for people with learning disabilities and those with speech, language and communication needs. All of which will be overseen by Trust staff and will help ensure the project is sustainable in the long term.
The project volunteers will learn a number of practical skills such as tree planting and aftercare, hedge-laying, species surveys, and traditional crafts such as spoon carving. Once the meadow has developed, seeds will be collected for use at new locations and for sale to the local community.
Hywel Dodd from the Bodelwyddan Castle Trust commented:
“Bodelwyddan Castle Trust is delighted to have been awarded a grant from Gwynt y Mor Community Fund to help us achieve our goal of developing the Parkland Orchard and Meadow. We hope that the development of the orchard and meadow will provide an important legacy for the future and will prove to be a resource that future generations will enjoy and benefit from.”
Katy Woodington RWE Innogy UK’s Community Investment Officer said:
“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the variety of ways with which the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund is sustainably benefitting the local community. This project from the Bodelwyddan Castle Trust is a fantastic example of this in action. It will provide a wonderful natural resource which will benefit the community for years to come and additionally during its development will provide essential experience to those volunteers with learning difficulties.”
Further information about the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund can be found by going to www.gwyntymorfund.cymru Alternatively groups are welcome to