GreenWood Celebrates 22 years of Family Adventure.

On Sunday 24th May 2015 it will be 22 years since GreenWood Forest Park opened its doors to the public. In the past 22 years the company has grown considerably and is now well known as North Wales leading family attraction, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.

To celebrate this great occasion GreenWood will be offering a FREE unique wooden engraved Birthday disc to the first 10 visitors on Sunday 24th May. These unique discs will be created by their resident pyrography artist Nader who has a stall at the Park throughout the school holidays.

GreenWood’s Marketing and Events Director Andrea Bristow had this to say about the anniversary “22 years seem a long time- a bit like bringing up a child, who has become semi- -independent. Many happy memories have been created for many thousands of families. Staff have worked here, who came when they were little. Others have given a big part of their working lives to GreenWood. Hard to believe that it all started with a site with no road, water or electricity. I feel quite sentimental thinking about it all”

Throughout the week of Whitsun GreenWood will continue the celebrations with special events including; Circus Workshops, May Pole dancing with Helen, Daily shows in the Forest Theatre, Donkey Rides and much more. Why not come along and help GreenWood celebrate 22 years of family fun! For times and dates of all events visit www.greenwoodfamilypark.co.uk.

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GreenWood to become 1st Solar Powered Adventure Park in UK

One of Wales’ leading family adventure Parks will become solar energy efficient by this Summer.

GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli is well known for being eco-friendly; the majority of its rides and activities require their visitor’s energy to make them work – including their world famous people powered roller-coaster the Green Dragon.

To improve their carbon footprint the Park is currently installing 550 Solar Panels in one of their fields next to the Park.

Solar Panels or PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on a roof or on the ground.

Visitors to the Park will be able to learn more about the solar technology and will also be able to have access to the field where the Panels will live.

GreenWood’s Managing Director Stephen Bristow had this to say about the new project “The panels will generate a maximum of 150kW of electricity.  Each year this should be sufficient for 70% to 80% of the Parks annual electricity requirements, which means that the few rides and attractions that need electricity will be solar powered from now on.  GreenWood will be the first solar powered adventure park in the UK!

Make over for one of GreenWood’s original activities.

GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinehli was established back in 1993, when the Park first opened there were just a few activities to entertain their visitors.

One of their very first projects was an activity called the half ton lever. This is where visitors can attempt to lift half a ton of concrete using a lever made from a tree. It was made in 1993 using a Douglas Fir tree.  Richard Thompson, a Bangor forestry graduate, built it and mixed the concrete for the half ton block.

Stephen Bristow, GreenWood’s owner said “Over the years it has been lifted at least half a million times!  We have had to replace the lever with a Douglas Fir tree from our own woodland 5 times, and this year we decided to make a new half ton block of concrete with new lifting steelwork, as the original was becoming very worn.”

The latest job was done by GreenWood maintenance workers Simon Ward and Brendan Brown, and the newly refurbished lever is now ready for another half a million lifts….  Come and have a go!

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GreenWood donate percentage of takings to Children’s charity.

GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli opened its doors for the season back in March. The Park works closely with many charities in the area and it decided that £1 from each child ticket sold over their opening weekend would be donated to Ty Gobaith Children’s charity.

The weekend was a success and the Park was happy to pass over a cheque to the charity for £215.

Ty Gobaith representative Katrina Lawson said this “We are so grateful to GreenWood Forest Park for supporting the only children’s hospice in North Wales on their opening weekend.  All the money raised will benefit local life limited children as well as our trauma counselling in the community.  The support from local businesses like GreenWood is vital to the survival of Ty Gobaith”

Ty Gobaith provide much needed specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

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Emmerdale Stars visit GreenWood

Over the Easter weekend GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli were privileged to welcome two stars of the popular ITV show Emmerdale to the Park.

Matthew Wolfenden and his off screen girlfriend Charley Webb who play David Metcalfe and Debbie Dingle on the show visited the Park on Saturday with their son Buster and some other family members.

They stayed at the Park for most of the day and said they had really enjoyed their first visit with us. They very kindly obliged for a picture before they left.

The Park’s Visitor Services Manager Mark Rowlands who spoke to the couple had this to say “We are always delighted to welcome famous faces at the Park, North Wales is recognised an idyllic holiday destination for families and hopefully by the influence of stars like Matthew and Charley, it will bring more people to the area.”

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Opening Weekend

GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli is opening its doors for their Main Season this coming weekend 21st March. The Park works closely with many charities in the area and it has decided that £1 from each child ticket sold this Saturday and Sunday will be donated to Ty Gobaith Children’s charity.

Ty Gobaith provide much needed specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

GreenWood’s Visitor Services Manager, Mark Rowlands said this “ We are delighted to support such a worthy cause. Very recently I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the staff at Ty Gobaith and the work they do is absolutely incredible.

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Celebrate St David’s Day with FREE entry to the soft play area.

To celebrate St David’s Day, GreenWood Forest Park, North Wales leading family attraction will be running a great offer.

All children (and adults!) who come to the park dressed in traditional welsh dress on St David’s Day will receive FREE entry to the Enchanted WoodBarn our amazing indoor soft play area.

This offer is only valid on Sunday 1st March. During this time the main Park will be closed until their main season opening on Saturday 21st March. For more information call 01248 671493 or visit www.greenwoodfamilypark.co.uk.

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Child of the Year 2015

On Thursday 18th February GreenWood was privileged to meet a brave little Boy called Ryan who was voted the North Wales Chronicle Child of the Year. Ryan who is 8 years old and lives in Valley has paraplegia and epilepsy. Ryan along with his Mum and Dad enjoyed a fantastic day out visiting GreenWood as well as other businesses in the area in his own private limousine.

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Josie Russell Exhibition at GreenWood Forest Park

A tourist attraction in Gwynedd, GreenWood Forest Park will be the new home to a series of textile artwork from local artist Josie Russell.

Josie who is a freelance textile artist lives in Gwynedd and creates beautiful artwork using fabrics and materials. She creates one off commissioned pieces as well as collections of work.

The artists latest collection is called ‘favourites’ and it includes the pieces; Snowdon, Boats from Anglesey, Menai Bridge, Llanddwyn Lighthouse, Valley at Night and Map of Wales.

Josie said this about her artwork I am very concerned about current ecological issues, and strive to keep my environmental impact to a minimum. I became aware very early on that beautiful, unique artwork does not have to cost hundreds of pounds to create or cause a detriment to our surroundings. Only the bare minimum of my required materials are bought new – canvasses, certain threads, or spare parts for my sewing machine. The rest – frames, buttons, beads, ribbons, and off-cuts of strange, striking fabrics – are sourced from extensive rummaging in my local charity shops, recycled from my own clothes, or else kindly donated by generous family and friends

The pieces of artwork will go on display in GreenWood Forest Park’s Great Hall on Monday 9thFebruary, Josie will available to talk about her pieces on that day between 10am and 11am.

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GreenWood encourages the use of Bird boxes in FREE giveaway

Local attraction GreenWood Forest Park isn’t just about providing families with a fun, activity-filled day out – it’s also involved in the conservation of wildlife living in the Park.

“Every year the Park install more bird boxes to encourage native birds to breed here – the boxes dotted around the Park give the birds a safe nesting place” GreenWood’s Animal Welfare Officer, Gavin Shaw said.

The BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) are running National Nest Box week from 14th – 22ndFebruary to encourage people to use nesting boxes.  GreenWood have decided to give away bird boxes on a first come, first served basis. The nest boxes are suitable for Blue Tits and any other birds of this size. You can get in touch by calling them on 01248 671493 or emailing them atinfo@greenwoodforestpark.co.uk.

Kelvin Jones from BTO Cymru had this to say “When you pick up your nest box it would be nice if you would enrol in the BTO Nest Box Challenge. Your data on how your box is used can be incorporated into the national data set which helps inform us on the breeding success”.

For more information about National Nest Box week take a look at the BTO website – http:/www.bto.org/about-birds/nnbw.

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