Coetiroedd Dyfi Woodlands is a social enterprise based in the Dyfi Valley, the only Biosphere region in Wales. Set up in 2010 to deliver outdoor volunteering, land and learning programmes, Coetiroedd Dyfi Woodlands helps people of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of the natural environment.
Coetiroedd Dyfi Woodlands is a dynamic team of outdoor educators united by a shared love of forests and woodlands. We are a not for profit company limited by guarantee and have been incorporated since February 2010. We operate as a social enterprise with the aim of enabling people to develop a closer link with their local woodlands and forests. We think that a deep understanding of natural spaces builds through people spending more time in them, be it for fun or work or both! We work predominantly in Coed Ty Gwyn, a Forestry Commission Wales woodland near Machynlleth.
The Forest School methodology is a big inspiration for us and as a framework, it underpins a lot of what we do. However, we have also developed woodland-based projects for schools that sit within the curriculum and satisfy multiple learning objectives. We have also been doing a lot of work with students and other adults by hosting woodland volunteering sessions and delivering outdoor activity workshops. Wherever you’re coming from, if you want to integrate woodlands into your work or if you want to get active in the woods, Dyfi Woodlands is for you, get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you!
“We were particularly impressed by the children’s activities, as were the children’s parents – the staff were extremely welcoming and the children clearly enjoyed themselves immensely. I would be grateful if you could express our thanks to Tom, Kirsten and Barbara at Dyfi Woodlands for all that they did. Many members also very much appreciated the involvement of the children in the closing session”
Jon Lee, Business Development Manager at the Ecology Building Society’s AGM at the Centre for Alternative Technology
“I was mightily impressed with the work going on in the Forest Garden at Cwmpadarn, and especially the way in which Dyfi Woodlands interacted with the pupils to make the whole project a valuable learning experience.
The site has been carefully planned and designed to take account of the geography and topography of the land, and the pupils were able to show off what they had already learned during the special afternoon assembly led by your team.
The Forest Garden is – and will continue to be – a fantastic educational resource for the school, and has lots of potential curriculum spin-offs, from the hands-on approach to planting up, to the enjoyment of fruits and flowers, and the skills needed to care for this ‘mini biosphere’.
I can say without reservation that the work of Dyfi Woodlands, alongside the pupils, has contributed in no small way to their second International Eco-Schools Green Flag award."
Gerry Taylor Eco-schools Officer for Keep Wales Tidy