As we head into Phase Two of our restoration, more than ever our minds are turning to how we can be sustainable in our ambition to protect and restore Penllergare Valley Woods.
Penllergare Valley Woods is not the Council’s responsibility. The Penllergare Trust is an independent local charity managed by local volunteers which has the huge challenge of protecting, maintaining and restoring 260 acres of historic landscape for the benefit of the people of Swansea and beyond. We have committed ourselves to a long lease until 2116 and the payment of an annual rent to the landowner.
We have big ideas and plans for the walled gardens and orchid house, but with a need to generate some £100,000 per year to pay the rent and to maintain and manage the estate, finding ways to develop support, generate core revenue and not be too reliant on the stop/start legacy of grants is a priority.
We need to raise £90,000 in match-funding in order to release a £1.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to allow us to proceed with Phase Two of our restoration. As well as restoring the walled gardens and orchid house to their former Victorian glory, we are planning to build an exhibition centre and create an outdoor amphitheatre to provide a new venue for community artists and performers.
There’s no doubt that as an independent local charity, to achieve our ambitious vision requires courage, determination, optimism and a great deal of effort! We are already getting the feeling that this is more of a community ‘movement’ than just another project – ‘people power’ in action for a cause worth fighting for!
Above all we ask people and organisations who love and value Penllergare Valley Woods, as a growing number already do, to lend us your support – either through volunteering, joining our Friends membership scheme, giving a donation, fundraising for us or leaving a legacy.
If you love Valley Woods and want to keep them open safe and welcoming for our children and our children’s children, please do join us in helping to look after them.