The UK partner is based in Dyffryn Ceri, in Mid Wales
The immediate communities are scattered in isolated settlements along Dyffryn Ceri (the Vale of Kerry) & amongst the folds in the surrounding hills.
The plans for local activities highlighting specific natural features began during the Arboreal Futures Project that preceded ‘Green Bridges’
The first public action of Green Bridges occurred with the now annual Apple Wassailing (detailed explanation here).
Project supporters and the local community gathered in mid January in an area known as ‘The City’.
A hidden settlement
under a hill feature of unknown origin
known as ‘The Domen’, (‘mound’)
Both ‘The City’ & ‘The Domen’ are form part of the local Green Bridges action plan.
The Wassailing honours & is intended to ‘wake-up’ the Apple Trees. It occurs as an informal outdoor celebration in which the trees are literally ‘toasted’ (with toast), dowsed in cider & subject to raucous noise and singing.
Celebrations, which began before the wassailers began their journey through the orchards, continue after the formalities have completed.
These initial community based celebrations and meetings produced 2 proposed Green Bridges actions:
The Pestilential Season
In March 2020 all practical plans for the project were suspended due to the actions taken to try and contain the effects of the Coronavirus: ‘Covid 19’. Meetings and gatherings were prevented by official edict in some partner countries & in the UK by government recommendation.
On the day when a workshop was due to have begun in Bishop’s Castle most of the UK group managed to meet – probably for the last time for several months. The enjoyed food and drink in an almost deserted Three Tuns Inn. The atmosphere at the meeting was very lighthearted – we all knew we were at the start of a lengthy period of isolation & uncertainty.
On Thursday 19th March “Private Eye”, the UK’s leading satirical magazine, captured the nature of the event a in a cartoon:
……. and with a remarkably intuitive mirroring of the actions of David Hemsley in Bishop’s Castle on Monday. The magazine also included a number of other virus related cartoons, for example: