Opening up the Pathway to the Past!

To try to encourage people to come and discover Caerau Hillfort for themselves, a group of keen local residents have helped to clear the overgrown vegetation on the right-of-way into the southern entrance of the hillfort from Cwrt-yr-Ala Road, as part of the Pathway to the Past HLF All Our Stories initiative coordinated by CAER Heritage and ACE.

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Richie and Paul get stuck in

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Dave cutting back the brambles

Big thank-you must go to Richie Roberts, Cardiff Council Parks Ranger Services, under whose expert guidance we battled the wind and occasional down-pours to cut back the overgrown brambles and hawthorn.

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John and Carol lend a hand

Richie had already undertaken checks for nesting birds back in March and April, so we knew we wouldn’t be disturbing any wildlife while we cleared the footpath.  Wearing gloves and wielding secateurs we opened up the route to walkers, despite the odd scratch and thorn in the shoe!

If you can, make sure you come and walk up the path and see our handiwork! We’re hoping to make cutting back the vegetation a regular monthly event (keep your eye open on our events page for opportunities to help out) and even replace the old styles and gates with new kissing gates.

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Even the local PC gets involved!

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After – pathway opened up for walkers

Some of the overhanging trees need cutting back too, but we need to undertake bat surveys with Cardiff Council Parks Services before we can do that.  If you’re interested in getting involved in dawn and dusk bat checks in June then contact the CAER Heritage team here…

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Before – the pathway overgrown with brambles