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Woodland Walk

After finally completing the long-planned Woodland Walk early in 2011, we are now enjoying watching it settle down and mature! 

Our visitors enjoy the peace and tranquility to be found amongst the trees beside the stream, and what a joy at bluebell time! Let me tell you how it came about:-  
As the woodland is on a steep valley side, the construction of a path was never going to be straightforward, but we were fortunate enough to meet Lloyd 'the Digger Man' who understood what we wanted to achieve and used all his years of experience to turn our dream into reality!

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We were very clear that we needed to preserve all the healthy trees and not jeopardise any of the ancient oaks that cling tenuously to the banks above the stream. These oak trees are a wonderful eco system in themselves, playing host to mosses, ivy and ferns, fungi and lichens and the myriad of small animals and insects that live on and in them.  

The work needed to be completed before leaves appeared on the trees and birds began to nest so the window of opportunity was actually quite small.  Grateful thanks to all our neighbours and friends who came to help! Luckily, we had a week of dryish weather which we needed to enable Lloyd to take his mini digger into the valley safely.   And so the path was made!!!

We continue to maintain the path and have planted many new trees including several young oak trees, for future generations to enjoy.

The Woodland Walk begins just below the Granary and the Long Lawn, sloping down to the stream passing the old pump house with its blue door, on the corner.  Look out for snowdrops, wood anemones, violets, primroses and wood sorrel with their delicate flowers in spring. Later on the camellias, rhododendrons and magnolia herald early summer on the steep banks with their magnificent displays of colour.

We follow the stream for a while, (there is a bench a little way along, to sit and enjoy the silence) then climb into the old oak woodlands.  Native bluebells take pride of place under the trees along with many varieties of ferns and where there is more light, foxgloves grow. 

The Walk meanders back towards the water where water mint, saxifages, and marsh marigolds flourish and eventually it rises again to the higher ground.  This top path takes us through the Blackthorn, which the bees and birds love, past the conifers and the pond garden until we arrive back in the farmyard by the Cottage.

Come and enjoy the Woodland Walk when you next visit us here at Blaenfforest.

 

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Guest Comments

Enjoyed our stay in your lovely Cottage in a beautiful location. Thank you for all of the extras! Ideal surroundings for "Tango" - she'll miss the peacocks! Look forward to seeing you again

Sue and David

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Blaenfforest Cottage Holidays
Newcastle Emlyn
Carmarthenshire
Wales SA38 9JD 

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