Tremains Woodland Rangers (TWR) is a small group of Volunteers who meet regularly in the local Tremains' Ancient Woodland .
The group have made it their mission, with agreement of the local Bridgend Borough council, to maintain, manage and tidy this Local Nature Reserve(LNR). The Rangers of TWR encourage the exploration of a LNR by local children, schools and groups of young people of all abilities. The Rangers have two local schools already walking and exploring within the Tremains Woodland and they held a nature day with Greenlinks Bridgend in 2019.
The Rangers are planning to hold events of a similar nature in 2020 and hope to develop an education area within the LNR. The Rangers have been busy developing exploration pathways through the LNR. These pathways now require education and information boards to explain and identify local flower and fawner.
The Rangers built 5 small bridges in 2019 to aid the crossing of small local streams on foot.
The Rangers now plan to build a further 3 bridges in 2020, one of which is planned provide wheelchair and buggy access to the education and picnic area.
The local community and local school are already benefiting from the Rangers work particularly in the Corona virus pandemic where we have seen huge numbers of people individually exploring the LNR. The Rangers would like to involve additional groups in the woodland e.g. Men's mental health. The local health centre now recommend the LNR as a rehabilitation and de-stressing environment for local patients.
The local schools are already using the paths and bridges but we would appreciate funding to further enable the Rangers to promote the LNR by holding more nature days and educational meetings in the woodlands.
You may find more information about the Rangers achievements on Facebook under Tremains' Woodland Rangers Facebook
The Rangers plan to obtain the maintenance licence for Tremains wood from the local council during 2020 thus allowing further maintenance projects to be undertaken in the coming years.
The Brackla local community council and local Businesses donated a total of £350 towards projects and we recently received a small grant from the National Lottery towards planned nature and educational days.
Until now volunteers have been using their own or local authority loaned tools and safety equipment. We would now like to purchase our own along with material to develop the education area and bridges. We would like to be able to purchase the following :
Tools £150. PPE £100. Construction materials for Log Tables and Benches £350. Decking materials for wheelchair access and wheelchair parking area £400. Purchase of information boards £150. Refreshments for volunteers £100. Signage £100. Nesting boxes and remote nature cameras.£300