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From its initial help in raising the purchase price of Coed Craig Ruperra and putting together the application for management funding, Caerphilly County Borough Council has continued to support the Trust's work. A prize of £250 in the Environmental Award Scheme of 2001 was followed by an overall winner award of £1000 in 2002.

In March 2003, GAVO, the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations gave the Trust an award for 'Good Practice, Innovation and Success'.

Funding has been obtained for three years from Environment Wales and from the Enfys scheme of the National Opportunities Fund for the Trust's first paid employee, Eric Hawkeswood, previously reserves officer with the Gwent Wildlife Trust who is bringing his vast experience of woodland and wildlife matters to enhance our project. He came into post in October 2002.

By this time the first year's planting was complete and work to the tracks and the new permissive bridleway was underway.

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