25 June 2008>
Princess Anne, Princes Royal made a special visit to the Caerphilly county borough this week (Tuesday 24th June) to find out more about a special woodland project in the village of Hollybush.
The visit was organised to showcase a range of improvements that are transforming the popular woodland site into an important community asset as well as an educational resource for local schoolchildren.
The Princess saw the pupils build bird boxes, take part in orienteering and river dipping sessions on her tour of the site. She also unveiled a special plaque and was presented with a commemorative woodland book.
The £250,000 project, to improve access to the woodland and create an outdoor classroom for schools, received funding from the Forestry Commission's Cydcoed Grant programme.
Cydcoed - Woodlands for All is a £18 million Forestry Commission Wales programme funded by the European Union (Objective One) and the Welsh Assembly Government.
The scheme complements a range of related projects aimed at regenerating the upper Sirhowy Valley through enhancing and making the best use of the area's main asset - the local landscape.
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