FOR their first meeting of 2023, members of Denbigh and District Probus Club welcomed Rod Waterfield, from The Woodland Skills Centre, in Bodfari.

The event was held at the Oriel Hotel in St Asaph.

Rod bought 50 acres of woodland and grazing land near Bodfari, in the heart of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, took early retirement and set about seeing how the land could be used and developed in light of his life-long interests in people, the natural environment, and the interface between the two.

The Woodlands Skills Centre was established 25 years ago.

The management objectives for the woodland and the centre are:

  • Social - with the land to be enjoyed by as many people as possible.
  • Environmental - trying to ensure that every species that could be expected to live in such an environment in that part of Wales is there and thriving and sustainable.
  • Economic - a working woodland that pays its way.

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Denbigh club members plan to visit the centre in the future to see and experience some of the activities and projects first hand.

Denbigh and District Probus Club welcomes new members to join the group for monthly meetings - held at the Oriel Hotel, St Asaph - where they enjoy lunch, friendship and a talk from a guest speaker.

For further information, contact membership officer Gareth Williams by e-mailing

The speaker at the next club meeting on Monday, February 6 will be Ian Glass, who will talk about classic car rallying and touring.