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Maes-y-Pant is constantly evolving.  The seasons of course bring changes, the volunteers too, greatly contribute to the beauty of this open space for bringing family, friends and dogs to walk and explore the sights, sounds and smell of nature.  And …“on Saturday 9 April, we have horse logging from 9 am and continuing all day. A number of pines by the pond are being taken down and we have hired Environmental Land Management (ELM) to use 2 working horses to pull the fallen trunks from there to an area near the main entrance. ELM is based in Llay and did a great job for us when they built our pond. It will be fantastic to see these working horses in action. Please come and watch, and feel free to bring along friends and young ones”. (Trevor Britton, Chairman of the Maes-y-Pant Action Group).

Getting outside is good for us. FACT. The sun on our skin enables the production of vitamin D (which we cannot make in any other way). The sunlight reaching our eyes stimulates the pituitary gland enabling the production of feel-good endorphins.  Walking also stimulates endorphin production and of course getting a bit out of breath helps to keep out heart strong.  For women of a certain age, weight-bearing exercise is a great way to increase bone density to prevent the risk of osteoporosis.  Just being outside in green spaces makes us feel relaxed which reduces stress and can help lower blood pressure.  And you don’t have to go far to get all these benefits!  Your garden or a walk around the neighbourhood are great ways to start.

In Wrexham, we have lots of green spaces on our door-step, from the park by the library, to country parks and estates like Erddig.  Also, nestled in Gresford is Maes-y-Pant, known to the locals as “the Quarry”.  Unsurprisingly, this area used to be a quarry and was then used for commercial pine growing.  The land is now owned and managed by the people of Gresford, with a band volunteers leading the way in  the long-term management of the site. Part of this long-term management involves turning the pine tree areas back into native woodlands.  There has been thinning of some pines and planting of a variety of saplings to encourage a greater diversity of wildlife.  And this is where the horses come in!

“On Saturday 9 April, we have horse logging from 9 am and continuing all day. A number of pines by the pond are being taken down and we have hired Environmental Land Management (ELM) to use 2 working horses to pull the fallen trunks from there to an area near the main entrance. ELM is based in Llay and did a great job for us when they built our pond. It will be fantastic to see these working horses in action. Please come and watch, and feel free to bring along friends and young ones”. (Trevor Britton, Chairman of the Maes-y-Pant Action Group).

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