Long Forest Hedgerow Planting

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long forest planting

Our volunteers joined others from Hedgehog Help PrestatynPrestatyn & District Environment AssociationMorfa Gateway ProjectDyserth WI. With lots of others working with Denbighshire Countryside Service planting hedges as part of the long forest project on Coed Y Morfa this week.

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long forest planting

We are delivering practical action to improve and add to hedges across Wales. Working with volunteers. Long Forest officers have established tree nurseries in our four key areas to look after and propagate native trees for hedgerow planting.

There have been hedgerow management courses for landowners and volunteers. As well as practical sessions in gapping up hedges, planting new hedges and laying or coppicing mature hedges.

Through the Long Forest project, we will:

  • Manage, improve and extend hedgerows, including garden boundaries.
  • Help people to understand why hedgerows are so important for biodiversity
  • Get people involved in caring for hedgerows by teaching new skills
  • Help people to become more aware of hedges by surveying and recording
  • Uncover the history which lies behind many hedges, through historic research and mapping.

Although our current focus areas are Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire and North East Wales.

We are able to support and help with hedgerow projects across Wales, so please do get in touch- longforest@keepwalestidy.cymru

As part of the Long Forest project, we want to share knowledge and provide advice about how to protect, replant and conserve our hedgerows for the future.

Please download and use the free resources below:

Or follow these links to useful websites and videos:

Morfa Gateway Community Environmental project partners meeting agenda and minutes 10th April 2018

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Morfa Gateway Project Partners Agenda and Minutes.

Project Partners met at The Old Library 10th April 2018.

Project update, Launch, litter picks and clearance to date.

We calculate that the volunteers and project partners have collected approximately 2.5 Tonnes of rubbish in the past month, the collection vehicle has a load weighing device fitted so we are aware of how much has been collected. We would like to thank the DCC employees for their help in taking the rubbish away at the end of the days.

Feedback from participants, including referrals from Talking points and Healthy Prestatyn.

Some great results and feedback already, we keep participants details and comments confidential.

Next steps, moving of granite blocks, treatment of weed etc.

Adrian of DCC countryside Services is waiting for a site visit and quote from an approved groundworks contractor.

Other organisations wishing to help.

We now have a growing list of other 3rd sector organisations, community groups and government departments wishing to engage with the project we have formulated a workplan for them which also fits with the next topic.

Setting a timeline for future activities.

We have decided that in the short term we will be concentrating on clearing the public footpath, whilst we are waiting for the phase 1 site to have the granite boulders moved and plans put in place to upcycle them for use within the project. Further investigation to what else is buried below the surface.will also need to be carried out as we move the boulders.

During the next few months we will asking the other organisations who wish to engage on the project to help clear the footpath, cutting back the overgrowth (within 1m of the path) and clearing as much rubbish as possible.

Funding update.

It looks likely that we will receive £1k from the Tesco Bags of Help in Mid May. Pete will be looking at other funding opportunities over the next few months.


This Thursday 12th April there will be no formal work party as Artisans Collective will be attending a DCC tourism forum meeting in St Asaph.

Categories: Progress, project news

Thank you Everybody who took part in our Litter Pick

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Thank You to the volunteers who helped at our litter pick we are very pleased with our first on site event.

Over Twenty volunteers turned out on a nice day in Prestatyn. With a great cross section of ages from Alex who is 8 months old to well lets say “age is only a number”  🙂

Steve from Artisans Collective says

“Thanks to everyone who turned out for the litter pick yesterday. It was great having local residents join the pick who hadn’t been aware it was happening, but joined in once they saw us on site.
Don’t forget you can also support the Morfa Gateway Project by putting your Tesco tokens in our slot”

Pete added

“What a great day at Morfa Gateway Project a big thanks to everybody that helped.

Our friends at Denbighshire County Council street scene again proving what a great asset they are to our community.

Thanks WendyMark and the rest of the team for your help yet again.

To collect 2 Tonne of litter is mind blowing.”



Huge progress at The Morfa Gateway Project site today 12th March 2018

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Progress continues apace at The Morfa Gateway Project in Prestatyn.

The felled trees have been cleared from the site and to further progress the project, Countryside Services team members were there clearing undergrowth ahead of this Thursday’s litter pick.

We could also get a better look at some of the large stones that we hope to use in the landscaping.

The scale of the fly-tipping over the years unfortunatly also became apparent.

Litter pick 16th March 2018

With lots of brush cutting and other work going on we now can get a true sense of the scale of the project site.  It seems massive !

There will certainly be plenty to have a go at on Thursday.

We are meeting at the carpark from 11am onwards and will have a selection of litter picking equipment available.

Please bring your own gloves and be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us.

We can not cancel the event this time as we wish to be included in the Keep Wales Tidy  #CymruSpringClean campaign.

“Heroes assemble! Be proud of being Welsh and join us for Spring Clean Cymru 2018 – a nationwide campaign encouraging people across Wales to get together to help clean up our beautiful Cymru!

Part of the Great British Spring Clean, Keep Wales Tidy wants to inspire the people of Wales to get outdoors, to be active and to be proud of where they live.

Community groups, schools and businesses will all be taking part in March.”

On the day we hope to have warm drinks available and a small sheltered area if the weather does turn nasty.

Please remember that during March and April you can vote for us in Tesco Prestatyn as part of their “Bags of Help” funding. Please ask for the token every time you shop.

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We will also be asking you to help us pick our new logo the most chosen image will be our winner!

Winner will be announced 16th March 2018 and will form part of Artisans Collective’s BBC Arts #GetCreative activities for 2018.

As the weather starts to get better we will be on site each Thursday and are looking forward to working with lots of our local community on this great environmental improvement project.

Our Facebook page is here  and Twitter page here 

Please use the form below to vote for our new logo or register as a volunteer here.