July 21, 2024

Spooky spiders have emerged at a Prestatyn nature spot thanks to a traditional crafting technique.

Denbighshire County Council’s Countryside Service led a Halloween themed wood craft session for Nature for Health volunteers at Coed Y Morfa.

Reused wood from coppicing carried out locally by the rangers and volunteers has helped fashion a selection of scary spiders to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve.

Coppicing is a traditional technique for woodland management, involving trees or shrubs repeatedly cut at the base to create a coppice stool, leaving enough for regrowth and a sustainable supply of wood.

Offcuts can be used for crafting purposes or for the creation of new habitat piles to support local wildlife by providing nesting material for birds and habitats for reptiles.

The scary spiders were crafted by the group to also highlight their importance to the local ecosystem.

Spiders play an important role in supporting biodiversity. They provide food for animals such as birds and hedgehogs and also consume a variety of flies and other insects to keep their numbers under control.

Sasha Taylor, Countryside Ranger, said:

“Coppicing is a great traditional method in maintaining woodlands and also creating a sustainable supply of wood for other means. It’s been fantastic to combine this with wood crafting with the volunteers to create a spooky celebration for today!”

 

Councillor Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“Our Countryside rangers really value the support of the volunteers who help them through Nature for Health to look after local nature areas. It’s great to see them combine for such a natural celebration of All Hallows’ Eve.”