Ready, Steady, Grow
Published 12 November 2014
Rangers and volunteers from Porthkerry Country Park have been busy improving a special area of the park by planting up a new hedgerow.
Porthkerry Wildlife Group applied to the Woodland Trust for 105 native broadleaved trees as part of its tree pack scheme.
These trees are supplied free of charge to groups that want to improve their neighbourhood and local environment. The rangers and their band of enthusiastic volunteers spent a surprisingly sunny Sunday morning planting the trees near the foreshore.
Mel Stewart, ranger at Porthkerry, said: “Planting trees is a fantastic way of bringing together groups of people who either want to improve their local environment, learn more about wildlife or create a lasting memorial for those who have made a mark on their community. The trees will create a wildlife friendly hedgerow and will help protect a very important habitat for reptiles and amphibians.”
The Woodland Trust’s tree packs come in eight different themes depending on why and where they’re being planted, such as to attract wildlife, offer all year round colour or grow fruit for baking, cooking or making drinks. There are a number of different pack sizes to choose, ranging from 30 trees for a small copse, to 420 for an area equivalent to an international football pitch.
For more information about the charity’s tree pack scheme, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees. For information about volunteering at Porthkerry please contact the rangers on 01446 733589 or email Porthkerry@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.