Llanfyllin Green Hub

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Y Dolydd Llanfyllin Workhouse became host to the first Green Hub in mid Wales in 2013. It was established in response to the national State of Nature report highlighting the drastic impact on the UK’s flora and fauna due to climate change.  The report urged local communities to act locally to understand and look after their own local environment.

“Today’s conservation volunteers are out there – in large numbers – taking responsibility for their local green spaces. It’s inspiring work, bringing enormous benefits to their local communities.” Jonathan Porrit, Forum for the Future.

Andy Lee, founder of the Llanfyllin Green Hub

Andy Lee, founder of the Llanfyllin Green Hub

 

The Llanfyllin Green Hub was founded by Andy Lee and our work is dedicated to him. Without his vision and passion the Green Hub would not exist.

The Green Hub brings people of all ages, abilities and background together towards a common goal. It promotes and raises awareness of biodiversity initiatives, provides opportunities for local people to get involved in conservation and green volunteering projects, adds to our collective knowledge and skills base and empowers the community to act to reduce their carbon footprint and minimise the effects of climate change.
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Since 2013 the Green Hub has attracted over 450 people enjoying courses in : forest school, bee keeping, vegetable gardening, cob oven building, hedge laying, sustainable garden design and attracting wild life into your garden and it has provided necessary equipment and materials for volunteers to use..

This initial activity has been aimed at getting people across the project threshold, building people’s confidence and encouraging return participants as volunteers. It has benefitted workshop participants, volunteers and visitors. It has promoted community cohesion and participation, furthered awareness of conservation and sustainability, helped people gain new skills and contributed to individual and community well-being. All of this activity has recently been documented and shared in our Green Hub Exhibition “Making a Difference” hosted in our gallery.

Y Dolydd now wishes to build on this success and is seeking to develop its 6.5 acre site into an attractive place for recreation, relaxation, reminiscence, learning, habitat creation and therapeutic pastimes. In 2015 it secured funding from Environment Wales to undertake an ecological survey of its site. 

 

Working in partnership with Arvensis Ecology, over 140 local volunteers contributed to the survey, learning identification and recording skills to be used here on site and elsewhere around the local area.

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We also enjoyed a Bioblitz! weekend, gathering as much data as possible in a 48 hour period and a range of family friendly Wildlife Explorer days throughout the school summer holidays. All of these events were free.

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The results of the survey are now in. The full report can be downloaded by clicking here.

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The report concludes that the site is as an ‘important island’ refuge and warrants our care and protection for the benefit of the wildlife that uses it and the local community, now and in the future.

Highlights include the stream with its visiting otter population; the meadow and garden areas; the hedgerows and the eaves of the buildings with large numbers of swifts and swallows nesting.

 

Y Dolydd is now developing a programme of activity for the Llanfyllin Green Hub in 2016. Look out for Forest Gardening, Hedge Laying and Wildlife Gardening courses, opportunities to get involved in the design and creation of a sensory garden and nature trail, regular volunteer gardening days, free family nature and craft activities throughout the year and another Bioblitz weekend in the summer.

And if you can’t wait for next year, there’s plenty to do before then. Keep up to date with the latest developments and events by joining us on Facebook at Llanfyllin Green Hub, or email greenhub@the-workhouse.com to join our mailing list, or phone 07534354082 for more information.

2The problem of climate change can seem overwhelming. Most of us aren’t in positions where we can influence public policy, or the actions of large corporations, or come up with scientific breakthroughs that bring clean energy to the world. But we can act locally, and we can help spread awareness, and become informed on the issues involved and share that knowledge with others. Working in partnership with other interested groups such as the Cain River Group and Cae Bodfach the Llanfyllin Green Hub is seeking to encourage and support this in and around Llanfyllin.If you have an interest in protecting our beautiful environment, want to be a part of sustainable change and contributing to local resilience or have an interesting, innovative and enterprising idea that you want to share then come along and join us.6543