Tree Planting Project at Parc Bryn Bach
The last couple of months have seen some very environmentally friendly changes taking place to the landscape at Parc Bryn Bach thanks to a grant from the Postcode Lottery.
Working in partnership with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Groundwork Wales and Western Power, Aneurin Leisure have embarked on an ambitious tree planting project at Parc Bryn Bach to improve the biodiversity at the park, and provide sustainable habitats for a variety of local wildlife.
So far, the planting teams have braved all manner of weather conditions and worked with children from local schools at Bryn Bach Primary School and St Joseph R.C. Primary School as well as members of the public and a community group organised by Tai Calon.
In total 2000 native trees, consisting of a mixture of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Dog Rose, Holly, Field Maple and Crab Apple will be planted at various sites throughout Parc Bryn Bach’s 340 acres of parkland. This mix was chosen as it will provide valuable shelter and nesting areas for birds and hedgehogs, along with sources of food for the birds and pollinating insects.
The grant from the Postcode Lottery has also enabled staff at Parc Bryn Bach to work with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to install two bee hives on one of the island’s at the centre of the lake, as well as a variety of bat and bird boxes, which will all contribute to improving the biodiversity of the country park and aid with local conservation efforts.
Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure said of the project: “We are very grateful to the Postcode Lottery for the generous funding that we have received for this project and to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Groundwork Wales for their invaluable support.”
Nadine Morgan, Biodiversity Officer for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council said: “I am thrilled to be part of the project which is striving to further enhance the biodiversity value of the park through activities such as installing bee hives, planting native trees and installing bird and bat boxes. The project has been fantastic at engaging the local schools in the tree planting, creating a valuable unique learning experience whilst also raising awareness about the importance of the local biodiversity and encouraging them to be more active outside.”
Hywel Tanner-Jones of Groundwork Wales added: "Groundwork Wales is excited to be a part of this partnership which has seen the planting of 2000 native trees at Parc Bryn Bach this winter. Groundwork Wales has received a grant from Western Power to replant native trees in the communities of South Wales where we work, helping to make them Vibrant and Viable Places to live.
It has been great to work with so many young people from schools and the surrounding area who braved some very wet and windy conditions to get the trees planted. Parc Bryn Bach is also an ideal location for a planting project of this scale as we know that the trees will be well maintained in the future."