Let’s be honest, the lockdown holidays have been long, the weather hot (mostly) and the strain on our finances has been enormous, as it always is. Well, thanks to those lovely people at WOODLAND ROUTES, the kids can get and play, have a fantastic time and it’s not going to cost you a penny. Well, maybe a drink or ice cream afterwards.

It’s just a small part of the WOODLAND ROUTES TO WELLBEING project, which has been designed to engage and support people of all ages across the community. This great project is for the benefit of people of Duffryn, Newport, Gwent and surrounding areas and is all about our wellbeing, both physical and mental. They offer opportunities to improve employability, gain skills, access accredited training, improve the environment and so much more.

Wellbeing Programme…

We must applaud the Big Lottery Create Your Space Programme which provided the funding. There is also a huge amount of work been going on behind the scenes to make this possibe. Duffryn Community Link is the lead organisation working with Keep Wales Tidy, Growing Space and the National Trust, forming the delivery partnership. We know just how time consuming these application processes are, so well done to all involved.

Let’s tell you about the play sessions at Tredegar House Park. You can find them at the log circle just behind the play area in the park. Kid’s can get muddy and messy so maybe best not to put their finest outfits on. You need to register your child on the first visit, then kids can come and go as they wish.

Play sessions are primarily for ages 4 -14yrs – children under 4yrs need to be accompanied by their parent/carer. Places can not be pre-booked either, so it really is first come, first served.

It’s worth mentioning what else the WOODLAND ROUTES project does, the work is so good for the community.

The areas are…………………….

  • Duffryn Woodland – The regeneration of the woodland offers opportunities for members of the community to help improve their environment.  There is also access to accredited training with practical application for volunteers. These sessions are managed by Keep Wales Tidy.
  • Open Access Play – The Play Ranger Team deliver FREE open access play sessions in the Duffryn area and at Tredegar House Park every week.  The play sessions are aimed at children aged 4-14.  These sessions are managed by Duffryn Community Link
  • Allotment – Wellbeing Programme – The Allotments at Tredegar House of the programme to help improve mental wellbeing through support and training.  These sessions are managed by Growing Space.
  • Community Allotment and Sensory Garden – Located in the beautiful grounds of Tredegar House.  These new spaces are linked to the restored 19th century Laundry which will provide a community space.  The community space is managed by the National Trust.

Check out the links above and give them some support. The kids and you will have a great time at these play seesions. You’ll see some lovely places and maybe get involved in something that surprises you, maybe even as a volunteer. To check out the play sessions in Tredegar & Duffryn just CLICK HERE.