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
Despite just receiving another Green Flag Community Award for the Upper Orchid Field we have now heard from the Vale of Glamorgan Council that they will not be cutting it this year as they have for the previous 7 or 8 years. When the Council first took over the field nothing was done and it started to become woodland instead of the meadow it had been as far back as we know. Earlier Google Maps images show the slope covered in ash trees and apart from the footpath at the bottom, most of the field was inaccessible. It has taken several years of annual cutting by the Council and many manhours of manual work by the Wildlife Group removing the ash trees to restore it to meadow, one of the fastest disappearing landscapes in the country. And Wenvoe has just lost one of its few meadows to the Redrow development.
As the option of letting all this work go to waste is unacceptable we are now looking at what can be done to carry out the cut. With around 4 acres to cover and needing to both cut and remove the cuttings this is quite a challenge but YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HELP. If you or anyone you know has the equipment or machinery to help with this task, please contact the wildlife group. We - and the many residents and visitors who enjoy the field would love to hear from you.