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Bryngarw Country Park nets funding for new pond dipping platform

Families and school children visiting Bryngarw Country Park can now enjoy pond dipping sessions from the safety of a new wooden platform, thanks to the Postcode Local Trust and craftsmanship of the trainees at Wood-B.

Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which manages Bryngarw Country Park, received £1,201 from the Trust to buy the timber and other materials required.

Wood-B, a work-based project offering training in carpentry and woodwork for adults with disabilities, constructed and installed the platform, which has aesthetically enhanced the landscape of the Oriental Gardens where the pond is located.

Pond dipping at Bryngarw is a popular educational activity, with over 1000 children from more than 30 local schools, armed with nets and trays, joining the rangers to discover the wealth of wildlife living that lurk beneath the surface of the water each year.

Hundreds of families from the local communities also participate in supervised workshops during the school holidays, to catch a glimpse of the palmate newts, frogs, toads, European eels, dragonfly nymphs and damselfly nymphs, amongst other creatures, in their natural habitat.

The platform not only provides a strong, safe and accessible area close to the water’s edge, where the majority of pond life is found, it also protects the pond margins from erosion, safeguarding the conditions that the enable the pond’s biodiversity to thrive.

Richard Bellinger, Director of Business Development at Awen Cultural Trust, said:

“We are grateful to the Postcode Local Trust for funding this platform, giving us the opportunity to engage with, inspire and educate even more visitors about their local environment, and the health and wellbeing benefits this brings. Hands-on experiences like pond dipping help young people develop a lifelong enjoyment, understanding and respect of wildlife and their natural heritage. The trainees at Wood-B have done a fantastic job of building a sturdy and high quality structure which will be enjoyed by many people for many years to come.”

Ailbhe Kirwan, community programmes officer at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “I’m delighted to see that the pond dipping platform is already being enjoyed by so many people at Bryngarw Country Park thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It’s opened up a fascinating underwater world where families can learn more about the local wildlife, as well as helping to nurture an appreciation for nature.”

For further information, contact Toni Cosson, Marketing and Development Manager on 01656 815991 or email