|Dewi loves walking at Cefn Ila|
On the last few occasions I've been to Cefn Ila I have enjoyed exploring not only the newly planted woodland, but the adjacent site of the old Cefn Ila Mansion, orchard and walled garden. Thanks to the work of the Woodland Trust, volunteer work parties and some recently won Heritage Lottery funding, these areas are gradually being cleared and rejuvenated, breathing life back into this secret garden which has lain hidden for a long time beneath choking brambles and ivy.
When Dewi and I got back from our walk at lunchtime, it seemed quite fitting that one of my favourite films, 'The Secret Garden', was on TV! Its going to be interesting watching Cefn Ila's own 'Secret Garden' take shape over the next few years.
Autumn fruits,colours and textures snapped at Cefn Ila.
The old orchard at Cefn Ila has many varieties of gnarled old pear trees. Blackberries, hips and haws abound in the hedgerows.
Through the summer, into October a small herd of goats was used to keep the brambles at bay in the old orchard. They are very friendly and inquisitive.
Clearing has also begun in and around the walled garden which sits on the bank above the orchard. Lovely views from the walled garden.
The bee hives are quiet at this time of the year but come the spring they will be buzzing once more!
It's an exciting phase for Cefn Ila with a lot of ground clearance also being done along the driveway and in the arboretum allowing the majestic splendour of the many species of pine tree, many planted by Edward Trelawney in the 17th Century, to be fully revealed!
Lovely Winter skies at Cefn Ila today - Dewi and I enjoyed our walk!
Just the thing after a good Winters walk - the blackberries I picked at Cefn Ila made some wonderful Blackberry Whiskey and Gin - if you want to make some yourself next Autumn (or you have fruit in the freezer) you can find out how to do it in my blog post Potent Hedgerows.
For more information, including the history of Cefn Ila and directions on how to get there, read my earlier blog posts:
A Boxing Day Ramble at Cefn Ila
A Summer Evening Stroll at Cefn Ila
If you would like to get involved at Cefn Ila as a volunteer contact the Woodland Trust on 08437705566