Woodland inspires artistic children

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The wonders of Coed y Brenin forest are inspiring local children to get in touch with their artistic side.

Children from Dolgellau, Bala, Blaenau Ffestiniog and the surrounding areas are taking part in a series of workshops led by professional artists at the Forestry Commission Wales visitor centre throughout the winter.

The workshops, organised by the Snowdonia National Park Authority, draw on the sights and sounds of the popular Assembly Government-owned forest to explore a variety of artistic mediums and themes.

The monthly workshops are aimed at four to seven-year-olds in the morning, followed by seven to 11-year-olds in the afternoon.

Each workshop is run by a different local artist. So far, Mari Elain Gwent, Tim Pugh, Alys Owen and Luned Rhys Parri have run workshops with further sessions to come with Anna Pritchard (weaving), Eleri Jones (silk screen printing) and Catrin Williams (multi media).

Naomi Jones, Bwrlwm Eryri Officer for Snowdonia National Park Authority, said, “It’s been wonderful seeing the children create different things using materials from the forest. I can’t wait to see what is made at the next three sessions.”

For more information on the workshops, contact Forestry Commission Wales Visitor Centre Ranger Hilary Malyon on : 01341 440747, email


About 14 per cent 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.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

Media enquiries to FC Wales press officer Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email