CHILDREN will be encouraged to explore the great outdoors during a countryside event. 

Wild Rhyl – organised by Rhyl Town Council and Denbighshire Countryside Services – returns for a third year on Saturday, September 22. It will run between 11am and 4pm at Glan Morfa, Marsh Road, Rhyl.

There will be crafts and activities on the day such as cycling, beekeeping, wildflower games, a special four-wheeled ‘tramper’ enabling those with mobility problems to explore the countryside, and a stilt-walker.

The event will also act as a launch pad for two projects; a new [Welsh Government] Plant! site at Glan Morfa and a Denbighshire County Council housing department ‘Nature for Health’ initiative.

Plant! is a project to celebrate the birth or adoption of every child in Wales by planting a tree. 

A total of 11,000 native trees will be planted at the site.  

Mayor of Rhyl Cllr Win Mullen-James said: “Wild Rhyl has been a force of nature in its own right. 

“Every year, hundreds of youngsters and their families, come along to have a go at crafts, take a trip on a bike track, make baskets and badges, try their hand at music, look for wildlife and generally discover another side of Rhyl.

“The fact that two major new projects will launch here is testimony to the importance of Rhyl’s countryside and the impact such spaces have on people’s health and wellbeing.”

Nature for Health, being supported by the Countryside Service, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Bangor University, is an 18-month pilot project. 

The project will run in Bruton Park and The Marsh, Rhyl, Morfa Gateway, Prestatyn, Pengwern, Llangollen and Corwen and is aimed at helping people to connect with the countryside and adopt healthy habits for life.”