Work has begun on an 80m hedge at a community centre in Coedpoeth, Wrexham during two days of action, 14 and 15 February 2019, thanks to a national partnership project.

25 volunteers from Plas Pentwyn Gardening Club, Wrexham Drug and Alcohol Recovery, Wild Ground and Brymbo Heritage Project all took part in planting sessions run by Keep Wales Tidy as part of the Long Forest Project. The local school Ysgol Penygelli also got involved and helped with planting.

Hedgerows form a vital part of our landscape and wildlife habitat, but they’re at risk from neglect, damage and removal.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Together, they’re delivering practical action – recruiting thousands of volunteers to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000m of hedgerow.

25 volunteers over two days spent time learning the ancient craft of hedge laying in the process creating 45 meters of hedgerow, forming a vital green wildlife corridor linking a wildlfower meadow to a Welsh heritage orchard.

Jane Robertson from the Plas Pentwyn Gardening Club said;

What a great project! Big thanks to the Long Forest staff for showing everyone how to lay a hedge, something we would never have had the opportunity to do otherwise.  We all had a fantastic time over the two days and can already see how the site will benefit from the changes - especially providing a better habitat for wildlife. Can’t wait until next Spring!

Ian Moran, Ranger for the Wild Ground Project, said;

The Wild Ground volunteers and staff thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn and practice hedgelaying with Keep Wales Tidy. We’ll be back to help with this project and will also be using our newly acquired skills and knowledge to lay more hedges at our wildlife reserves within Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire, providing enhanced wildlife habitats whilst also adding great looking hedges!

Shane Hughes, Keep Wales Tidy officer for Wrexham said;

Hedgerows in Wales have been an important make up of our landscape for centuries. However, they are an undervalued resource at severe risk and it is now vital that action is taken.

It’s great to be working with a range of volunteers in Wrexham creating new habitats for a range of fast-declining species, including butterflies and hedgehogs.

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