Our team have installed the Long Forest app to help map local hedgerows.Long Forest have committed to survey over 5000m of hedgerow across Wales during the Long Forest project. We have developed the Long Forest App which allows anyone to survey hedgerows near them.
Keep Wales Tidy working in partnership with The Woodland Trust. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Has developed the Long Forest Project. Together, they will be delivering practical action- recruiting thousands of volunteers to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000m of hedgerow in Wales.
The Long Forest Project empowers communities to learn more about the importance of hedgerows. In particular their increasingly crucial roles in sustaining biodiversity through linking fragmented habitats.
Long Forest embraces historical hedgerow research specifically through studying the role hedgerows play in our cultural heritage within the wider, living landscape.
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.
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.
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.
The winning logo with over 50% of the Hundreds of votes is
Designed by Aimee and selected by the public our new project logo
To celebrate the start of the Get Creative Festival 2018 we are proud to announce the winner of our peoples choice logo competition.
What is Get Creative?
Get Creative is a campaign run by a group of cultural organisations to celebrate and support the everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces.
From guerrilla gardening in your street to paint by numbers in your local library, via nail art, yarn bombing and singing in a choir, we’re building an actively creative UK that caters for people of every age, background and ability. It aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative event, and to share their own examples of everyday creativity.
How the logo and project fit in with the Get Creative Festival 2018.
Artisans Collective are a creative community driven group in Prestatyn, that uses creativity of all descriptions to enhance citizens health and wellbeing.
As one the project partners they engaged with local artists and asked them to design a new logo for our project.
Five were shortlisted and put to the public vote, at meetings, the project launch and via social media.
The winner was designed by Aimee Colville who as a volunteer also facilitates their popular Friday art group. You can contact Aimee here.
Our postponed St David’s Day litter pick has been rearranged for Thursday 15th March 2018 from 11am onwards.
We are still part of the Spring Clean Cymru Campaign
Due to the weather conditions, event details may change. If there is any doubt about safety we will not go ahead with the event and rearrange it for when the weather is better. All events up to and including 25 March will be part of the #SpringCleanCymru campaign.
Heroes assemble! Be proud of being Welsh this St David’s Day 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!
Kicking off on 1 March (when else?) you’ll have the opportunity to register your own clean-up event, access free resources and information all while doing something really great for Wales.
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 days of action from 1-25 March.
First day of Volunteering on site at the Morfa Gateway Project
It was a bright but quite a cold day for our first Thursday volunteering on site. The tree cutters work was fantastic as the site looks so much clearer now, and it was good to get the rotten tree removed to make the site safer for volunteers.
Please click on the pictures below for larger images.
Felling rotten trees
Sign before graffiti removal
Sign after graffiti removal
Sign after graffiti removal
Pete removing graffiti
The trees were decayed
Recently a tree fell onto the road and pathway
Whilst the tree surgeons were attending to the clearance work Pete and Steve from Artisans Collective started work on some of the anti social graffiti by cleaning up some of the signs that have been vandalised.