An employee at GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli is due to retire this August after 9 years of working for the award winning attraction. Dafydd Lloyd Jones from Bethesda has created a lot of the artwork and signs that you see at the attraction using his artistic skills to create some great pieces on the Park.
From creating photo boards to just toilet signs Dafydd has been able to keep the unique feel of the Park in his artwork. His latest project is a large painting of a scene from the Mabinogion the story of the Prince of Dyfed. One of Dafydd’s favourite pieces was the work he did for the Green Dragon Roller-coaster, when he created the height signs for the ride.
When he retires Dafydd will carry on with his art and currently a few of his pieces are displayed at the Deinol centre in Bangor. He hopes to carry on creating some unique pieces including photo boards to sell to other tourism businesses.
Dafydd commented about his time working at GreenWood “I can honestly say it’s the best place I have ever worked. Before working at GreenWood I worked in engineering, GreenWood is a completely different atmosphere. I really enjoy working in the nice environment and the people who I work with are great- it’s like one big family. I’m looking forward to relaxing for a while when I retire, we have a holiday booked and I’m hoping to do a bit more travelling.”
The owners of the Park Stephen and Andrea Bristow recall his time on the Park, Andrea commented “I remember when I first met Dafydd and he told me he had worked with the wood craft folk.I thought here is a man who likes nature and who likes children-that’s the man for GreenWood. After many loyal years we wish Dafydd a lovely retirement, but hope he will come back every now and again to see us- may be even to do some more art work- you never know…” Stephen Bristow added“Dafydd has been a tremendous asset to GreenWood – his marvellous artworks, his stories and his great sense of humour have been much appreciated by staff and visitors alike, and his cheerful smile and helpful attitude have made him a great work colleague. We wish him a very happy retirement with his wife Kathryn and daughter Heulwen, and we look forward to seeing him again when he comes to visit his old friends at the Park.”