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Rhiwbina events contribute to 30,000 trees planted

Events in Rhiwbina contributed to 30,000 trees being planted in Cardiff during one of the wettest winters on record


Some 2,500 community volunteers braved the conditions to help plant all those trees in just 6 months, as part of a project to create an urban forest in the city, the organisers have reported.


"The wet conditions are great for the new trees," explained project manager, Chris Engel. "They just soak it all up, but it did mean we had some pretty muddy days. It never dampens the spirits though. Planting trees isn't just good for the planet, it's good for the soul as well and even if they went home caked in mud, I don't remember a day when our volunteers weren't wearing a smile as well."


Rhiwbina tree-planting events in Caedelyn Park and at Rhydwaedlyd Brook in January formed part of the programme.


Established in 2021 as part of Cardiff Council's One Planet Cardiff programme, Coed Caerdydd (Cardiff Forest) has resulted in 80,000 new trees being planted at 280 different sites in Cardiff, including more than 100 parks and open spaces, 17 schools and 11 community sites as well as on privately owned land.


This season the project has increased its focus on street trees, with more than 200 large new street trees planted in streets with low or no tree canopy cover.


Chris Engel added: "Since the council started the project, over 10,000 hours have been volunteered which is incredible really, and it's not just tree planting people can help with - there's always plenty to do over the summer months as well.


"We can always use a hand in the tree nursery, looking after our tree stock so that it stays nice and healthy, ready for planting out next season and then we've got our Tree Guardians who volunteer to help us look after the newly planted trees and make sure they get plenty of water over the drier months in the summer."


If you have a suggestions for places that would benefit from some new trees in the next planting season, or if you're interested in volunteering as a Tree Guardian, you can email: coedcaerdyddproject@cardiff.gov.uk

 


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