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Treftadaeth Llandre Heritage

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Old & New Churchyard Census
A survey of the old and new graveyards started in 2003 with a team of volunteers, lead by Randall Enoch , systematically recording 1,771 gravestone inscriptions although it is thought that many more burials took place in unmarked graves.

The oldest grave discovered during the survey was that of Margaret Bunce, born in 1691. The inscriptions indicated that despite the hazards of infancy and infections, many people survived past their 70th birthday.

The information collected has been put into a database on a CD-Rom, entitled: Llanfihangel Genau'r Glyn Old & New Churchyards Tombstone Inscriptions (Randall Enoch, 2005) and can be obtained from the Secretary (see Contact Us), price £5.

You can read more about this project and download data that appears on the CD-Rom here. Churchyard Census

Community Report
Llandre Heritage commissioned Dyfed Archaeological Trust to carry out a heritage audit of Llandre and the Community Council of Genau'r Glyn during the spring of 2004. A copy of the final report is available from the Secretary (see Contact Us), either as a printed version or as a CD-Rom.

Dry Stone Walling
During the last few decades many stonewalls have collapsed in the old graveyard. An on-going project aims to train volunteers and clients undergoing rehabilitation in practical aspects of dry stone walling.

This training programme is proving successful in building up the skill base and fostering self-esteem of all participants, as well as restoring the collapsed walls to a very high standard.

Llandre Trail
This three-year project, funded by Cydcoed Wales, aims to increase access and community benefits in woodlands situated on the western side of Llandre. The project, run by Llandre Heritage, involves the construction of a woodland trail, linking several interesting historical features and important wildlife habitats.

Specific objectives of the project are to:

(a) complete a permissive walk around an ancient, steeply wooded graveyard, including improving disabled access to a 2,000year-old yew tree, repairing boundary fences and section-felling dangerous trees;
(b) continue this tranquil walk through three neighbouring woods by the creation of a new access paths, including the construction of a wooden footbridge, steps, benches and display panels interpreting the wildlife and history of the woodland;
(c) improve access to the old churchyard by resurfacing and tarmacing the access road and path to the ancient yew tree, and the construction of a lay-by for off loading people and materials;
(d) restore the native woodlands and manage them sustainably.

Oral History Recording
A start has been made in recording bygone memories from elderly residents of the village, using equipment on loan from Merched y Wawr.

Wildlife Surveys
Volunteers are surveying and recording vegetation cover, tree species, wildlife and bird populations in the old graveyard and the surrounding woods.

A preliminary baseline study by Roy Bamford recorded 31 species of breeding birds using these woods in 2005.

Llandre Heritage, in association with Genau'r Glyn Community Council, is carrying out improvements to local public footpaths, as part of Ceredigion County Council Community Paths Scheme.

Priority is being given to making paths around Castell Gwallter and the river Leri more accessible and safer to walk. Wherever possible, kissing gates, rather than high stiles, are being used.

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