Neath people reach for their spades to help tackle the climate emergency!
This year the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) launched ambitious plans to create 165 acres of new native woodland on land above Gnoll Country Park in Neath.
Five months later, following a successful fundraising appeal, the first trees were planted at the site on Saturday 30 November.
Chris Matts, who now manages the site for the Woodland Trust explains: “We’ve had a brilliant response to our fundraising appeal. We’re really grateful to everyone who supported it.
The project can now move ahead!
The Woodland Trust called on everyone across the UK to plant a tree as part of our #BigClimateFightback campaign on 30 November.
We were really keen to give people in Neath the chance to take part, so we planted a small area of new woodland on the site on that day.
And while the number of places at this event was limited, we invited visitors to Gnoll Country Park on that day to give us their views on how the new woodland should be created, what it should look like and even what it should be called.”
And it was certainly a day to remember…
We had a fantastic turn out and our ‘welly clad recruits’ tackled the weather to help us plant around 500 saplings including Oak and Hazel in less than 2 hours
before returning to Gnoll Park Visitor centre for cups of tea and plenty of welsh-cakes.
Throughout the day, I was lucky enough to plant a few trees myself but knowing the tree planting was in the very capable hands I
took the opportunity to meet participants and indulge in hearing their unique reasons for taking an active role at the event.
I was really moved by the stories I heard from the ‘little ones’ who wanted to see trees from their windows
to the long-standing residents wishing to give back to the site for all the much loved memories they had formed by exploring the site
with family and their furry friends!
I would like to say a very special thank you to Maggie Elsey-Cox (Engagement and Communications Officer) for organising such a successful event
as well as a much appreciate thank you to the Woodland Trust staff and volunteers who gave their time, stories and support to help us reach our vision for the Big Climate Fightback.
Images: Helping hands showing their support
Photographs/Text: Rory Francis
Article: Bethany Picton