Maes Ysgawen Park Llanferres

Maes Ysgawen Park is in the centre of Llanferres village on land originally gifted to Denbighshire CC in the mid 1970’s and bought by the Community Council in 2010.

The specific aim was to create a open space for use by future generations for recreation and education purposes.

It has been maintained by the Council since its creation and won its first Green Flag Award in 2018 followed by further awards in 2019 and 2020.

Llanferres Community Council has drawn up a 3 year Management & Development plan for the park. The aims are to:

  • improve Biodiversity
  • conserve existing native species
  • provide educational opportunities for all ages
  • promote improved health and wellbeing within the community
  • ensure a safe environment for everyone using and working in the park
  • make a positive contribution towards climate change

 

 

Llanferres Playing Field Llanferres

Llanferres playing field is managed by Llanferres Playing Field and Recreation Association (LPFRA) which is a registered charity (charity no. 1059978)

The aim is to promote and provide play, leisure and green open space facilities for the children and the community of Llanferres

It has been managed and maintained by volunteers since its creation in 1996, is funded by the community and has consistently been awarded the Green Flag Award since 2007

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Photo of Llanferres park entrance sign
Photograph of younger children's play area in park
Photo of climbing frame and slide in park 2
Photo of picnic benches in park
Photo of xylophone in park
Scan of Green Flag Certificate for Llanferres Playing field

Maeshafn Playing Field & Orchard

Maeshafn playing field was created and has been used by villagers for over 40 years on land originally owned by Aberduna quarry. After many years delay, ownership was transferred to Llanferres Community Council in May 2019 along with the land behind the park now known as Maeshafn Orchard.

North Wales Wildlife Trust kindly donated, and with the help of local volunteers, planted a combination of apple, plum and pear trees to create the orchard in 2018. Although the trees have been protected from damage it was not enough and new fencings and gates were erected in 2019 and 2020 to safeguard the trees from local farm animals.

Short term, the intention is to create a wildflower zone and butterfly garden within the orchard area with the help of Keep Wales Tidy’s Local Places for Nature scheme.

Longer term, the park and orchard space can be used to improve Biodiversity in line with the Council’s plan.

Both areas are maintained by the Council and local volunteers who are working towards securing its first Green Flag Award.

Photo of the Heulog common land entrance sign

The Heulog Maeshafn

This area of common land was originally an early lead mining site. A number of mine shafts were sunk and when work ceased in 1907 it was left covered in heaps of mining waste. Some waste was removed in the 1920’s and 1930’s and then again in 1960 when it was used in the building of the new Vauxhall car factory in Ellesmere Port.

In the 1970’s the site was again used to dispose of waste soil and rock from excavations during the building of Maeshafn and Llanferres sewage system, until finally the open mineshafts were capped in 1978.

The site is now registered as Common Land (CL 251) under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 with ownership vested in Llanferres Community Council.

Today the Huelog is a haven of Biodiversity with at least 25 different species of trees and bushes and over 118 species of flora recorded during monitoring over a period of 7 to 8 years, plus fern and grasses.

This area has been identified as in need of tidying up to improve its Biodiversity even further. How and when will be discussed at forthcoming Council meetings.