The goings on in and around Bridgend

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Wood, Garlic, Milk and Pigs.

Garlic Woods, originally uploaded by me'nthedogs.

What more do you need. Love this place, it’s called Ty Tanglwyst, (which is a mouthful even for the Welsh to pronounce!). A 4 star holiday cottages located on a farm just outside Bridgend in what is little known countryside straddling the M4 in South Wales. The cottages are traditional Welsh farm cottages with an incredible history dating back centuries. But what I really like is that this is authentic, a working farm that produces a very successful and high quality brand of milk from their herd of dairy cows which form very much part of the experience when you stay here. You can take part in the milking and also feed the young calves too. They’re great, and so are the pigs. Recently, a number of us under the guidance of Coed Cymru and the Bridgend Countryside and Tourism Unit, had the pleasure of working in the ancient woodland on site, as part of a woodland management programme. It really gives you a sense of nature and history. Its hardly surprising that some local historians claim that there was once an old medieval village on this site and even a graveyard (but that’s stretching it a bit!). When we visited, the woods were alive with wild garlic, bluebells and even a woodpecker. Returning to the farm, forget your wine, we had a milk tasting session in the courtyard!

Bryngarw Country Park and the Garw Valley

Sculpture #2, originally uploaded by e_cathedra.

Jjust off the M4 near Bridgend, well worth a day out. Interesting sculptures, mature woodland, trails, events throughout the year and the gateway to the Garw Valley, certainly off the beaten track country. From Bryngarw Country Park you can cycle the Valley on a family cycle route that takes in the best of this little heard of yet stunning valley. Head towards Llangeinor and its historic settlement on the hill, overlooking the places that inspired the Welsh hymn Calon Lan, known to all Welsh people the world over! There is even a parc dedicated to the hymn at the top of the Valley in Blaengarw called Parc Calon Lan. Bryngarw Country Park surrounds the Bryngarw Country House which is great place to stay in this part of the world too!

I'm a Councillor.....get me out of here!

Woodland bokeh, originally uploaded by ....Tim.

You may have seen the TV programme based on celebrities in the Australian tropical rainforest, the truth is, you dont have to go half way around the world to appreciate biodiversity, edible plants and overnight survival! In fact, tonight, to launch Wales Biodiversity Week and to demonstrate how diverse our own countryside is in Wales, 4 local authority councilors and 4 members of staff from Bridgend County Borough Council will spend the night with bushcraft expert Richard Rees from Wild Spirit Bushcraft in Merthyr Mawr. All in the name of charity and biodiversity, 'contestants' will have to build a shelter to sleep in, learn what to eat in the British woodland (and what not to eat) and learn some survival techniques such as fire lighting etc. This isn't something that people can just do independently, anyone interested should seek qualified companies or experts to accompany you. Locally in Bridgend, we're fortunate to have one on our doorstep!
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