Restoring habitats and species,
connecting people with wildlife and wild places
Cambrian Wildwood is set in the uplands of Mid Wales near the River Dyfi and the sea. It is a place and a project – restoring the habitats and species of this landscape and giving people deep nature experiences in a wild setting.
Peatland is being restored to blanket bog and upland heath. Tree cover is increasing to re-create a large expanse of native forest and wood pasture. Wild animals are returning and more introductions are planned.
The project works with primary schools and holds youth camps for vulnerable and disadvantaged teenagers. Alongside our well established volunteer days, programmes for adults and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds began during the summer of 2021. As a community resource, the wildwood is freely available for quiet enjoyment such as walking and camping, adhering to the principle of leave no trace.
“We’ve rediscovered who we are.” – Pupil, Crickhowell Secondary School
“It has ignited my curiosity and wish to engage more deeply with nature, I’m inspired to act with care and respect.” – Wild Living Camp Participant
“This is a project that all students across Wales need to experience.” – Teacher, Crickhowell High School
“It made me think about life and myself and I liked it when we all got around the fire as a family.” – Pupil, Llanidloes Secondary School
“The children have had the opportunity to develop their teamworking and discussion skills. They have enjoyed the experience and have learnt proper life skills.” – Teacher, Penllwyn Primary School
“I think the trip was amazing! And I learnt a lot! And the things I had a lot of fun learning about lighting a fire, and I wish to go again! Really do! It was fantastic!!” – Pupil, Maesyrhandir PrimarySchool
“The students embraced the experience fully and as the week went by we saw some fantastic changes.” – Teacher, Crickhowell High Scool
“It was an amazing experience. Learnt amazing and new things. Jane and Clarissa are very kind. Can’t wait to come back again.” – Pupil, Penllwyn Primary School
“The opportunity for the children to take risks safely was great – fire-lighting, tasting hazlenuts, play in nature.” – Teacher, Maesyrhandir Primary School
“Thank you to all the team – your collective knowledge, passion and experience is amazing and really made the camp.” – Wild Living Camp Participant
“I have had a very fun and interesting day, I think it has opened up a new me.” – Pupil, Llanidloes Secondary School
“The best things: firelighting, trying walnuts. The difficult things: being brave enough to try a crab apple, lighting a fire with the fire steel. The new things: cooking natural bread, lighting fire with a match.” – Pupil, Penllwyn PrimarySchool
“I cannot put into words how invaluable it has been to really connect with nature.” – Changes UK camp member
At last, government and business appear to be waking up to the truth that we are part of nature and that nature alone provides for our needs. The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review makes the case for changing our economic system to account for this.
As the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030 begins, Cambrian Wildwood aims to play the fullest part that we can by restoring habitats over a much larger area and increasing the abundance of wildlife.