Over 280 metres of hedgerow have been laid by volunteers near Prestatyn thanks to a national partnership project.

Volunteers from Morfa Gateway, an environmental voluntary organisation and Denbighshire County Council’s Nature for Health programme took part in the hedgelaying at Coed y Morfa nature reserve during five days of action as part of the Long Forest Project.

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.

Pete Harrison from the Morfa Gateway project said;

We are extremely proud to have worked alongside lots of other community groups in Prestatyn to complete this fantastic hedgerow. The Morfa Gateway community group currently work alongside Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Denbighshire Country Council Countryside Service, and Housing departments on the “Nature for Health” project. With the aim to help improve people's lives through health and wellbeing activities. We want to help individuals and communities in Denbighshire connect with the countryside and adopt healthy habits for life.

The Long Forest project planting has been an integral part of the project at the start of 2019, further projects to help wildlife and local citizens will be taking place throughout the year.

It has been wonderful receiving messages of thanks from participants who have loved the idea of being part of a national initiative to benefit our locality.

Gwyl Roche from Keep Wales Tidy said;

It’s great to be working with the volunteers across here at Coed y Morfa to ensure our hedgerows are maintained and respected for future generations.

Gwrychoedd wedi cael eu gosod gan wirfoddolwyr yn Nghoed y Morfa, Sir Ddinbych