Cwmdu Sustainable Environment Group
helping the community to a sustainable future
Dry Stone Walling
Refurbishment of Wall Alongside the Beacons Way
The contract to rebuild 10 yards of dry stone wall alongside the Beacons Way was awarded to Mr Andrew Smith.
On Saturday 18 September 2010 a number of CSEG members dug up and sorted the existing stones under the supervision of Andrew.
A 10-yard section has now been rebuilt and it is hoped that a further 20 yards may be completed in the future.
For further details about the Project please contact Richard Renshaw (01874 730996) or Gill Bowen.
More Recent Activities
Roger Linsay and Ian Thomas have now repaired the wall on the edge of Colin Brown's wood and the open mountain. The total length at the top of the repair was 6 metres and the task was completed it in one day.
Here are some 'before' and 'after' photos:
Sat. 8 - Sun. 9 Oct. 2011 Richard Renshaw (01874 730996) writes: "We will be starting at 9.30 working on the wall opposite Colin Browns barn, by the track leading up to our house. Participants are asked to bring gloves,boots and waterproofs.We will provide soup and tea and coffee. Let me know if you can't make it. See you Saturday."
Woollen Line Project
It takes 1000 years for a metre of peat to form. On Pen Trumau, above Pengenfford, 7 hectares to that depth have vanished since the mountain caught fire in 1976. The unhealed scar has lost 6,125 tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere along with equivalent carbon storage capacity.
In 2010, 500 people took part in ‘Woollen line’, beginning repair of the eroded mountain by making a 300m long line in heather-seeded felted wool crossed with wool ‘sausages’ pegged into erosion channels.
The wool is helping to stabilise the surface of the scar and allow vegetation to re-grow. However at last year’s rate of progress it would take 324 years to repair the whole site! ‘Growing Woollen lines’ develops this idea aiming to double the repair efforts and heal the scar in less than 6 years.
So this year, with the help of Arts Alive Wales, artist Pip Woolf has received funding to buy the felts, 600 metres of it from a company called The Woolly Shepherd, in Devon who specialise in finding a good use for ‘waste’ fibres. With the help of volunteers Pip will also be making wool sausages by creating nets and stuffing them with washed wool. Using horses we will take all the wool onto the mountain on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May and put the sausages in place. Then on Saturday 14th May lay the 600 metres of felt, some of which will cross the ‘sausages’. Effectively we are darning the landscape!
Pip will be running sessions to make wool sausages, at her studio on April 7th , 8th, 13th from 2.30-4.30 and at Arts Alive on 20th and 29th April 10.30-12.30.
If you are interested and want to get involved you would be very welcome!
You will need to wear old clothes as wool fibres do get everywhere! Pip will show you how to create the nets and stuff and packthem ready for the horses to transport the wool onto the mountain in May.
You can contact Pip Wollf directly to register your interest:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01874 730995
For more background about the project please do look at the blog http://www.woollenline.wordpress.com
(photo credit: Robbie Robertson)
This work was supported by Environment Wales, with funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, and by the Countryside Council for Wales as part of its programme of research into sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and outdoor enjoyment in rural Wales and its inshore waters.
Further grant aid and in kind support was provided by the Brecon Beacons National Park Conservation & Community Grant, the Brecon Beacons Park Society, The British Wool Marketing Board, Arts Alive and numerous volunteers.