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Llys-y-frân partners with National Botanical Gardens of Wales for wildflower meadow biodiversity project

Llys-y-frân saw its first ‘green hay’ spreading event last week. Sourced from National Botanical Gardens of Wales wildflower meadows, the green hay was spread on Llys-y-frân’s meadow areas to improve biodiversity in the upcoming wildflower meadow areas. It was crucial that the hay spreading was completed the same day as it was cut, to ensure the seeds were transferred successfully. This will improve biodiversity in the upcoming wildflower meadow areas at Llys-y-frân.

Volunteers from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park teamed up with Llys-y-frân rangers and the biodiversity team to support the spreading of the green hay. The aim of the project is to increase native species in Llys-y-frân’s meadows. The meadow will be surveyed next season and the cut from this meadow will then be spread onto another area next year. This is the first project to be undertaken with volunteers at Llys-y-frân since the site re-opened to the public in 2021. The intention is to form a ‘Friends of’ group and work closer with local communities to enhance our green infrastructure and support wellbeing.

The project has been funded and co-ordinated by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s Biodiversity Team as part of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s commitment to enhancing ecology, within its Biodiversity strategy.

The project also demonstrates how Dwr Cymru Welsh Water manage its green infrastructure to ensure it supports Wales’ wider biodiversity and ecology, including its water quality and flood defences.

Gemma Williams, DCWW Biodiversity and Ecology Advisor said; “It is essential that we play our role in maintaining and improving the health of our environment. Projects such as this one, not only enhances biodiversity and the environment, but also helps us use our visitor attraction sites as hubs for wellbeing, and contribute positively to the communities we serve. It was a delight to be working alongside volunteers and talk to them about the important and valued contribution volunteers make to our communities.”

Llys-y-frân offers activities on land and water which offer fantastic wellbeing opportunities. Choose from paddle sports, open water swimming, archery, climbing, axe throwing and off road Crazi-Bugz cars. With six dedicated walking trails and mountain bike trails free to ride, there are low-cost opportunities to get out and enjoy the Pembrokeshire countryside. Parking is just £3 all day and free for the first hour. Bring a picnic and enjoy the stunning views across the lake, or head over to the visitor centre café for a snack or lunch.

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