Our Cae’r Ddôl: Watch the flowers grow!

Spring is in the air and a new community group in Llanberis, Friends of Cae’r Ddôl, have secured an award from Grow Wild (supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) to nurture a native wildflower meadow on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

The project will help the area of grassland in Llanberis known as Cae’r Ddôl, blossom into a vibrant native wildflower meadow, where both visitors and locals can learn, contemplate and relax surrounded by flowers.

Following a reduction in grazing, this field is beginning to show signs of the diverse and beautiful wildflower meadow it could become. The Friends of Cae’r Ddôl, a group of local people who regularly walk through this area, are proposing to work with Gwynedd Council in order to ensure that the flowers can flourish, and work their magic particularly on young people who walk through the area, but might not look down at the flowers growing all around them.

The Friends of Cae’r Ddôl will be working in partnership with the landowner, Gwynedd Council. Through the project, which will run through the summer of 2016, there will be opportunities for locals and visitors to learn about and nurture the plants beneath their feet through art, science and social events, as well as interpretation boards designed by a local artist to help people put a name to the flowers.

One of the founding members of the Friends of Cae’r Ddôl, professional botanist, Robbie Blackhall- Miles said “I am so pleased that all this is happening. The water meadows at the end of Llyn Padarn are very special. When I saw the first wild orchids growing there I knew someone had to pay them a bit more attention.”

Maria Golightly, Grow Wild Wales Partnership Manager, said “This is a great project in one of my favourite parts of the world. It will showcase what can be achieved with wildflowers to a wide audience whilst benefitting the local community in Llanberis.”

More information about the project and details of events can be found on the GrowWild Community Project website; community-projects/ein-caer-ddôl-our-caer-ddôl

Photo: Barry Davies (Maritime and Country Parks Officer, Gwynedd Council), Anna White, Robbie Blackhall-Miles, Kath Wills (all members of Friends of Cae’r Ddôl)

Notes to Editors:

Friends of Cae’r Ddôl

Friends of Cae’r Ddôl are a constituted community group established in March 2016 with the aim of nurturing the biodiversity of Cae’r Ddôl for the benefit of the local community and visitors. They are working in collaboration with Gwynedd Council and the Loving our Lake project which, since 2012, has been working with the local community to protect and enhance the water quality of Llyn Padarn (  Loving our Lake is supported by Natural Resources Wales and Dŵr Cymru.

Contact: Emma Edwards-Jones – 01286 685 501

Grow Wild

Grow Wild is a dynamic £10.5 million programme to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild aims to inspire people to get together to transform unloved urban sites, gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches.

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good-cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and awards grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004, BIG has awarded over £5 billion to communities across the UK.