Friends of Rhydymwyn Valley(FORV)
Books can also be ordered by post
The price including postage is £6.75
(Book Price £5 +Postage and packing £1.75)

If you wish to order a copy of the book please print off a
copy of this form, fill it in and send it
with your cheque made payable to
Friends of Rhydymwyn Valley for £6.75 to

Robin Smith
Old Wern Stores
Gwern y Gaer


Please send me a copy of the book-
‘A Tale of Two Villages’

I enclose a cheque for £6.75 made payable to        
Friends of Rhydymwyn Valley.
The Rhydymwyn Valley Site has an important history. During the early nineteenth century the site included an important iron foundry.
Lead mining, iron working and agriculture have all added to the varied history of the area.
The site has now been returned to nature, attracts a wide variety of wildlife and is designated as a nature reserve
as outlined on a plaque at the entrance gates.
The site covers 86 acres to the south of the village of Rhydymwyn in a U shaped valley.  
The western side of the site is semi-ancient deciduous woodland with an understorey of wild garlic, snowdrops, bluebells and orchids.
The River Alyn flows in from the North West corner of the site and follows the western side of the valley.
The river originally meandered through the centre of the valley but it was diverted as part of early construction works.
The river was canalised and given steep concrete sides and a concrete base.
The middle section of the river is culverted underground for two sections.
The site is now home to 7 herptile species, 8 species of fish, 17 species of butterfly/moth and 8 species of bat.
67 bird species have nested or been observed on the site.
The site is guarded by Carillion Facilities Management (CFM) who have provided these services to the Rhydymwym site since 1992.  
but managed access is encouraged and it is now extensively used by visiting parties.
North East Wales Wildlife are contracted to manage the nature reserve and welcome visitors from school age upwards.
Who we are
The Friends of Rhydymwyn Valley is a community group with an interest in the protection and encouragement  of the flora and fauna
within the Rhydymwyn Nature reserve and in the history of the Rhydymwyn Valley

.........and what we do

Our group meets very month at the DEFRA Visitor Centre, 17 Nant Alyn Road, Rhydymwyn
and has a programme of events, speakers and community involvement.
We aim to be a friendly informal group with a desire to enjoy, monitor and contribute to
(under the supervision of North East Wales Wildlife) this unique and valuable asset in our village.
Everyone with an interest in the site is welcome.
Nature Cafe-Drop into the Rhydymwyn Valley nature reserve for a cuppa and cake,
followed by a wander around the site to see how things are developing
Volunters from FORV will be on hand to escort you on a fascinating guided tour.
The cafe will open every 2nd Saturday of the month starting from 9th November

For further information please contact

Sue Grundy 740949

The Site Manager David Williams  01352 741591.
The History of Rhydymwyn and Hendre
Launch of Long-Awaited Local History Book-
"Rhydymwyn and Hendre – A Tale of Two Villages"
Residents past and present of the villages of Rhydymwyn and Hendre attended the finale of a two-year project
with the launch of the new book "Rhydymwyn and Hendre-A Tale of Two Villages"

A working party under the umbrella of Friends of Rhydymwyn Valley secured funding from Cadwyn Clwyd and after over two years of work  produced a
64 page book which looks at the history of the two neighbouring communities. The book which is in both English and Welsh, covers a whole range of
subjects including both modern and ancient history of the villages, has many excellent illustrations, maps and photographs, as well as featuring
memories from residents and former residents.  

Group spokesman Robin Smith said: "We are very pleased to have finally brought this long –awaited book to fruition. It has been a challenging task to
select items for inclusion in the book from the wealth of information and research we had gathered. We hope this book will provide an insight into the
fascinating history of the two villages and that it will tempt the reader to delve further.”

The official launch events, took place to packed houses at the Royal Oak Inn, Hendre on Friday 14 August
and at the Antelope Hotel, Rhydymwyn on Monday 17 August . Both hostelries are featured in the book.
Copies of the book are available priced £5.00 from Rhydymwyn Service Station and Y Dderwen/The Oak  in Hendre.
I am grateful to John Les Tomas for his pictures
of the first Book Launch at The Oak/Y Dderwen in Hendre
From 2004 FORV Members have been instrumental in ringing and recording bird species on the Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve
and for maintaining the bird and mammal boxes on the site.
The recording season commences in April and assistance is desperately needed-training will be given.
If you are interested in helping please contact Jim on 07952100481
On Saturday March 17th 2012, families from Rhydymwyn along with members of FORV
with the help of Rhian Hughes from North Wales Wildlife Trust and Simon and Rachel Farr from The North East Wales Orchard Initiative ,
planted 41 trees on the Donkey Field for the new Village Orchard Project
The trees were provided by NWWT with funding from the Welsh Government
Simon gave a talk about the trees and instructions on how to plant them
To see all of the pictures of the Orchard Planting Day click on the coloured letters
For more information about Simon and Rachel and their work with orchards  you can contact them at
Email: or visit their website