Local children joined in the fun at an environmental week organised by the Penyrenglyn Community Project during which many of the activities took place in Tyle Fforest, near Penyrenglyn, Treherbert.
Natural art, pyrography - where a handheld heated tool is used to burn artistic effects onto pieces of wood - and making wooden benches were just some of the activities on offer.
Younger children acted out being squirrels, hiding food for the winter and building animal homes.
At the end of the week, participants invited their friends and relatives along to a family day so that they could show off their new skills and knowledge.
Forestry Commission Wales’s Community Ranger Karen Clarke led a number of events during the environmental week. She said, "By using the local woodland, the Penyrenglyn Project has helped children benefit from the stimulating outdoor learning experience that is right on their doorstep.
"The children had a great time finding out about woodlands and the wildlife that lives in them whilst having fun.
"They also learnt how trees can help respond to the effects of climate change by locking away carbon."
Tyle Fforest is managed by the Penyrenglyn Community Project in partnership with Forestry Commission Wales. The community management agreement means that local people use and care for the forest environment.
Julie Spiller, Project Co-ordinator, Valleys Kids Penyrenglyn Project, said, "Our partnership with Forestry Commission Wales has been extremely beneficial to the community and the environment.
"When I talk to people in the Rhondda, Penyrenglyn is often mentioned as a great example of a community project.
"People in our community are willing partners in everything we do as they recognise the benefits to them and their families."
The environmental week was part of a programme of events run by the Penyrenglyn Community Project.
Forestry Commission Wales
About 14% of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to the private sector and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.
Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
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