Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who owns the woods ?
The woods are owned by Calon yn Tyfu Cyf. / Growing Heart workers cooperative. A small workers cooperative based at Henparcau farm Bwlch y groes.

How did you  buy the woods ? We were successful in applying for a Cyd Coed grant for £502,000 which we then used to purchase Ffynone and Cilgwyn woods.

What are you going to do with the woods?
We have a 20 year plan of woodland management and community engagement with Cyd Coed. Which included the transformation of the woods from conifer plantation to Native broadleaf trees with edible fruit and nut trees included. Engaging the community by running open days and training opportunities, in various aspects of the plan.

Why  do you manage it the way you do?
Previously the woods were a single age crop, that was planted during the 1960’s. We have began to thin the planted firs, now most of the clearfell area is flat which will enhance future edible forestry. By removing it, the remaining flora should start to return, replanting with native trees will speed up the restoration process.

Can anyone access the woodlands?
Yes, if you want informal, recreational access you are welcome to explore, we do ask you to heed the forestry warning signs and keep a distance from where we carry out forest operations.

What about formal access?
If you want to use the woods in a structured way we have a policy and procedure we will need you to follow, these are designed to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone and as such we ask that you respect them they are listed below.(shortly).

Can anyone join the cooperative?
Yes, but that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to. We are a workers cooperative, those wishing to join need to both work, and be able to cooperate with the existing group. If you are interested we will endeavor to create work. Most people start part time and gradually increase hours as they develop an area, we pay fair wages and are creating meaningful employment for those involved.

What if i just want a job?
We prefer to employ people with a long term commitment but sometimes we just get so busy we need extra help, if you leave your details with us we will contact to come to an agreement.

What if i just have some great ideas for the woods and want to influence whats happening there?
Let us know, we are always interested in hearing good ideas. We  are currently exploring ways to include the many and varied skills and ideas in the locality, and are always open to fresh ideas.

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