A one-day Woodland Fair to raise awareness of the Celtic Rainforest Project will be held in the Elan Valley on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29, from 10am to 3pm.
Various project partners and charities will be available to chat to visitors with updates on the project which is attempting to rid beautiful ancient woodlands of invasive species and encourages improved management by conservation grazing.
Visitors will be able to browse craft and food stalls which showcase local producers, artists and crafters, including artist Amanda Skipsey with her whimsical art and jewellery and MAC Chocolates with delicious artisan, handmade chocolates.
Lavender Ceramics’ beautiful, bespoke mugs and figures, Jane Abrook’s handmade glass ornaments and jewellery, tea from Morgan’s Brew Tea, pyrography art pictures and gifts from Made by Emma With Love and handmade semi-precious stone jewellery from Pellaf Crafts will also feature.
To appreciate the great outdoors and the stunning woodlands, there will be an exclusive ‘Forest Bathing and Yoga’ session taking place at 11am, which must be pre booked at £10 per person via https://elan-valley.co.uk/events/forest-bathing-and-yoga/ .
Experience a guided walk with expert Julia Harrison from the RSPB at 2pm when visitors will be led through Cnwch Woods to learn about the wildlife, nature and the ongoing work happening to conserve them.
The fair will come to life with live music from Daniel Laws who draws inspiration from Celtic, traditional folk, folk country, blues and Cajun rhythms. Daniel’s music will provide a colourful backdrop to this exciting day.
Following on from the Woodland Fair is a Dam Open Day on Tuesday, May 30 from 1pm to 4pm. These popular days provide a fascinating insight into the workings of a Victorian dam by going inside Pen y Garreg Dam,. Pre book at https://elan-valley.co.uk/events/dam-open-day/ .
Elan Valley’s Celtic Rainforest partners are RSPB Cymru, Snowdonia National Park/Eryri National Park, Woodland Trust Cymru, NRW and Natura 2000.
Organisations attending the Woodland Fair are CARAD, Tir Coed, Elan Links, National Trust Wales and Cambrian Mountains.