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Thanks to a huge fundraising effort within a small community, Clunderwen has a newly refurbished (and warm!) hall. Members of Clunderwen

Community Forum came together to raise in excess of £14,000 from local groups and community members to support the Clynderwen Community Hall Committee’s efforts

replace the hall roof, and carry out some other necessary improvements. This was added


to the £80,000 secured from PLANED, identified and supported through the Cleddau Ddu Hub Development Plan. In addition community volunteers and local fire service crew members gave their time to the project.

A celebratory tea party and

teddy bears’ picnic was held to coincide with the Royal Wedding, followed by an evening ‘Raise the Roof’ party. A grand concert was held in September, featuring Sarah Jane Davies, Wales’ Cardiff Singer of the World 2009 representative.

The National Nature Reserve at Llangloffan Fen is now open to the public after two years of hard work by the Wildlife Trust and volunteers. The reserve is on a flood plain close to the source of the Western Cleddau, and until now it has been virtually impossible to walk through.

A new board-walk winds

through the willow and tussock grass allowing access for the Wildlife Trust to manage the reserve, and for visitors to get to the recently installed bird- hide. The hide overlooks a new area of open water and the lakes and pools at the site provide a good habitat for a variety of waterfowl and amphibians. In the winter the

Nathan Walton leads the guided walk around the reserve

pools attract many species of migrant birds.

The 41-acre site is made up of some important habitats, including wet heath and fen meadow. It is home to a number of notable species such as otter and the reserve is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Picutred are Sarah Kessell (WT); Sarah Gerlach (PLANED); Robin Mogg (Vice Chair, PLANED); Merrill Mabey (PLANED); Nathan Walton (Wildlife Trust); Robin Taylor (Mid-Pembs Wildlife Trust Members’ Group); Chris Lawrence (Countryside Council for Wales.

meadows provide a safe home for birds such as grasshopper warblers.

The fen

PLANED commissioned the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales to carry out the work.

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