A COMMUNITY wetland has picked up a leading award - one of only 10 in the country to do so.
The Marchwiel Environment Group has won one of the Green Pennant awards handed out in Wales by the Civic Trust.
The fields on Station Road were a bog for almost a century after the construction of the railway line disrupted drainage.
In 2001 the group started converting it into a wetland for the benefit of both wildlife and local residents.
It is now a haven for a wide range of plants, birds and mammals and Deiniol Primary school next door makes full use of the site as a teaching aid, as do the Marchwiel Explorer Scouts, who also help with conservation.
The site has attracted the rare great crested newt and an even rarer species of water-loving tree - the Black Poplar has recently been planted there and has taken well.
Group member Graham Flathers said: 'We've worked hard over the last few years to create a wetland nature reserve with an abundance of native flora and fauna, in an area which is readily accessible to all members of the community.'