A selection of video and pictures from the final day of Long Forest Project hedgerow planting at Coed Y Morfa. Plus a new addition to the Gateway site.

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

Keep Wales Tidy working in partnership with The Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Have 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.

Video from Steve Fenner.

Video from Anton’s Drone.

Picture from Tracy’s phone.

Long forest video and pictures
A huge thanks to everybody who organised and volunteered.

It has been fantastic being involved with so many different people. Volunteers from many community groups have been fantastic. A special thanks to Gwyl Roche, Keep Wales Tidy, Project Officer Conwy for all of his help and support. The team at DCC Countryside Service were ace as usual. Plus Tracy the driving force from Hedgehog Help Prestatyn thanks for the great ideas.

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Volunteers including members of the Prestatyn in Bloom Committee

The Denbighshire Housing and Health Board “Nature for Health” project is really great idea. We are really looking forward to a spring and summer full of community activities.

To celebrate the completion of the planting we also planted a wayfaring tree alongside the new gateway path.

video and pictures of wayfaring tree
Jim from DCC countryside Service
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The wayfaring tree planted alongside the new path.

The Wayfaring Tree – Viburnum lantana

As its name suggests, the wayfaring-tree (Viburnum lantana) is a sign, if you aren’t already aware, that you are on or near a path.

It is more a shrub than tree that grows up to 15ft and almost exclusively on chalk or limestone.

Its white flowers have a scent that divides opinion, lily-scented to some, unpleasant to others. The fruit is longer than wide and turns from green to red then black.

Its twigs are both flexible and strong and have long been used as string and to tie bundles and bales.

It earned its name in 1597 when the herbalist Gerard noticed it on the routes between Wiltshire and London.

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