Communities Wellbeing Workshop, Bangor – Artisans Collective

Communities Wellbeing Workshop, Bangor - Artisans Collective 1People have asked us why are we presenting for Wales Eden Communities and Grow Wild on Friday 18th January in Bangor. Here are 5 good reasons

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First Nature for Health trail app launched

Pleased that we have now completed the first of our Morfa Gateway Project Nature for Health Trail apps at The Coed Y Morfa Community Woodland.

This is a very simple 1Km accessible flat terrain walk ideal for somebody just getting back into exercise.

Based around the existing trim trail. We are using smartphone GPS technology to notify the app user of their current location and completion level.

Future bounds will have much more detailed information and be extended to other areas of our locality.

Just some of the points on the first walk.

You can find out more and download the app here.

Or scan this QR Code

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Development of an exciting new app.

Our digitally interactive app will lead the learner on a path of discovery. Including aspects of Nature for Health.

The app will include lots of nature, wildflowers, environment, health, heritage and discovery. Located within the Prestatyn and Meliden area.

The program will quite literally augment our reality by enhancing peoples’ real-life interaction whilst using their smartphones and tablets.

A digital timeline of events or a places of interest tour, with the use of GPS coordinates and pre-placed codes and mysteries. 

With extensive game elements and tools like GPS locations, directions, maps, compass, pictures, videos, quizzes, missions, tournaments.

QR codes and much more creating fun and exciting mobile app-based adventures.

Please help us by indicating what app platform you have access to in our Facebook poll.

Our initial aim is to base the first phase starting at the Morfa Gateway and surrounding Community Woodland. Then extending along the disused Prestatyn to Dyserth railway footpath. Including Meliden Goods Shed.


We would love to hear what you would like to see included. If citizens of any age or ability wish to get involved in a voluntary capacity that would be great.

We usually meet on Thursdays from 11am at the car park at the bottom of Lon Goed a.k.a. Tip Lane. However as this initiative isf f ongoing you can always call in for a chat at the Old library on Nant Hall Road in Prestatyn.

Morfa Gateway app
The app start location in Prestatyn

Sponsorship and or funding for this innovative “new to the area” idea, would be most welcome.

There is a cost to the software and licencing, volunteers will generating all of the content. We hope to promote our locality in all of its glory. Including the fact that is a winner of Wales in Bloom 2018 in the large town category.

Future plans include extending the app to include our vibrant town centre and its fantastic businesses.

Festive activities and new pathway for 2019.

On the 21st of December we held a fantastic festive activity day at the project with Denbighshire Countryside Service . With lots of participants during the Free Wooden Reindeer workshop.

Start of the new accessible footpath.

We are very happy with progress on the new accessible footpath, which will offer separation between vehicles and pedestrians on the very well used route into town.

Since the start of the project we have been keen to offer an alternative accessible route through to the community allotments and beyond.

Currently foot, cycle and vehicle traffic share the same route. Which at the weekends becomes very busy with citizens engaged with the football activities on the playing fields.

The new pathway an bridge will enable non vehicular traffic to by pass the roadway. Taking the new path will also bring users closer to nature as they walk alongside the granite flower beds and lots of native wildflowers.

After the festive season.

Our first activity of 2019 will be Hedgerow planting. Alongside lots of other community groups on January 10th at Coed Y Morfa Community Woodland more details here.

We have lots of plans for events and activities in 2019 including lots of work linked with the Nature for Health project and more.

We will also be entering The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood which aims to.
Clean and green specific places in your local area. Whether it’s the street you live in, an existing community garden. Or a disused area that needs a revamp.

We hope to be also included in the Wales in Bloom and Britain in Bloom initiatives as part of Prestatyn in Bloom.

Plus we will be featured in the BBC Britain in Bloom TV series starting in March 2019.

Some of our volunteers have asked about certain activities for next year, we have already started on organising some. As usual will be what citizens request.

Have a great festive season, we hope to see you all soon.

Living landscapes | North Wales Wildlife Trust

We love this the ethics behind this approach.

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A Living Landscape is a recovery plan for nature championed by The Wildlife Trusts. It is an aspirational end-point where our environment, society and economy sustainably co-exist for the benefit of wildlife and people.

A Living Landscape works at the landscape scale and comprises a series of local, linked wildlife habitats; re-connecting our urban and rural areas, freshwater and coast.

Source: Living landscapes | North Wales Wildlife Trust

Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers

Urgent planting of wildflowers will attract pollinators and boost farmers’ food crops, expert to tell UN

Source: Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers

Surveying

Our team have installed the Long Forest app to help map local hedgerows.Surveying 12Surveying 13Long Forest have committed to survey over 5000m of hedgerow across Wales during the Long Forest project. We have developed the Long Forest App which allows anyone to survey hedgerows near them.

Source: Surveying

Long Forest Hedgerow Planting

Our volunteers joined others from Hedgehog Help PrestatynPrestatyn & District Environment AssociationMorfa Gateway ProjectDyserth WI. With lots of others working with Denbighshire Countryside Service planting hedges as part of the long forest project on Coed Y Morfa this week.

long forest hedges

long forest planting

We are delivering practical action to improve and add to hedges across Wales. Working with volunteers. Long Forest officers have established tree nurseries in our four key areas to look after and propagate native trees for hedgerow planting.

There have been hedgerow management courses for landowners and volunteers. As well as practical sessions in gapping up hedges, planting new hedges and laying or coppicing mature hedges.

Through the Long Forest project, we will:

  • Manage, improve and extend hedgerows, including garden boundaries.
  • Help people to understand why hedgerows are so important for biodiversity
  • Get people involved in caring for hedgerows by teaching new skills
  • Help people to become more aware of hedges by surveying and recording
  • Uncover the history which lies behind many hedges, through historic research and mapping.

Although our current focus areas are Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire and North East Wales.

We are able to support and help with hedgerow projects across Wales, so please do get in touch- longforest@keepwalestidy.cymru

As part of the Long Forest project, we want to share knowledge and provide advice about how to protect, replant and conserve our hedgerows for the future.

Please download and use the free resources below:

Or follow these links to useful websites and videos:

Big Breakfast 2018 for Prostate Cymru in Prestatyn – Artisans Collective

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We are holding a big breakfast on the 27th November at The Cookhouse Prestatyn to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cymru

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Blooming marvellous! Prestatyn to feature in next series of BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom | Rhyl Journal

A TV crew is expected to visit Prestatyn this week to start filming for BBC 2’s Britain in Bloom series.

Source: Blooming marvellous! Prestatyn to feature in next series of BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom | Rhyl Journal

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