Wenvoe (Welsh: Gwenfô) is a Welsh village in the Vale of Glamorgan located on the western side of a shallow valley between Cardiff and Barry, surrounded by woods and farmland.
The Community of Wenvoe encompasses the communities of Dyffryn, St Lythans, Twyn-yr-Odyn and Brooklands Terrace/Parc y Gwenfô. The Community consists of around 800 properties, 500 being located in the village.
Wenvoe is a popular commuter village conveniently situated for the City of Cardiff but set in the countryside only a few miles from the sea and with easy access to the M4 motorway a few miles away.
The village developed around the parish church, which can be traced back to the 12th Century with the adjacent locality now being a conservation area. The village has a well-stocked store with a post office, a church, primary school, a public house and travel lodge, a part time library and three halls. There is also a public house in the adjoining hamlet of Twyn-yr-Odyn, and another church at St Lythans.
Wenvoe has a very healthy community spirit which supports many local community groups with activities to meet everybody's needs. Amongst these are Wenvoe Scout Group, Ladies Choir, W.I. Whist Drives, the Church and many social events. It also boasts its own monthly newspaper titled the 'Wenvoe What's On'.
WENVOE WILDLIFE GROUP
There will be a short course and village walkabout on Lichens on Saturday 14th November. This is aimed at non-specialists so if you know little or nothing about these fascinating life forms but would like to know more why not come along. Places are free but must be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We shall spend a short time in the Community Centre having an introduction before wandering around the village to see what Lichens we can find. The intention is to create a Village Lichen Trail to complement our Tree Trail. More details will be given out when you book a place.
Whilst the trees in our orchards are still young we are beginning to see the fruits of our labour (literally and metaphorically!). Trees that have produced fruit include apples such as Ribston Pippin, Morgan Sweet, Pig Aderyn and Afal Coch Cynnar. Plums include Abergwyngregyn and we always do well for Medlars. The best apple is probably Afal Coch Cynnar - see photo - which has the more common name of Devonshire Quarrenden. The latest group to come on the Orchard Trail are The Friends of Dyffryn Gardens. One of their members who does a lot of work with Willow suggested planting some whips in the damper parts of the Community Orchard. These can be grown into shapes such as tunnels and they also help to absorb excess moisture in the ground. We shall certainly see if this is feasible.
A big 'thank you' to those who turned up to help us celebrate our Green Flag Community Award which even included some visitors from Alsace. They had commented on how seldom they saw Mirabelle Plum trees in this country - we were pleased to be able to point out three growing in the Community Orchard.
Many have commented on how well the Wildflower patch on Grange Park has been doing with continual flowering for several months and no sign yet of an end in sight. Our thanks to all residents, dog walkers and youngsters for allowing the bed to flourish. The native wildflower patch in Walston Road did well but the flowering season was much shorter and the colour less varied.