Posted: Fri 19th Feb 2016

Work Starts on the Fairy Glen Leat

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Friday, Feb 19th, 2016

Work starts next month to help the leat flow once again at Fairy Glen Local Nature Reserve in Old Colwyn. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fairy Glen Local Nature Reserve will benefit from environmental improvement work thanks to a £39,000 grant from funding body WREN. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The money awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will be used to re-instate the leat to its former glory; to control non-native species; provide bat boxes and install a reserve notice board. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Brian Cossey, chairman of Fairy Glen Management Advisory Group, said: “It is very important that the amazing amount of work done over the years is continued. The leat is a very important part of the Glen, not only as a feature but as part of the village history. The reserve is well used by school children and the community in general. They are very proud of their piece of ‘ancient woodland’.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

WREN Grant Manager, Meleri Jones, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Fairy Glen project and pleased our funding will benefit so many people that use the reserve. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that improve local communities and we’re looking forward to this one making a difference very soon.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Countryside Warden, Lesley Lawson said: “It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded this money and we’re really looking forward to seeing everything come together. Work on the leat will start in March and is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fairy Glen Leat ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The leat is an artificial channel dug out to the side of the main water course (river Colwyn). When constructed, the water would have fed a waterfall feature and fed into the mill pond at Pen y Bryn c1900’s. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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