The Long Forest Project is a project initiated by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with The Woodland Trust, funded by support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Their aim is to recruit thousands of volunteers to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000 metres of hedgerow in Wales.
The Project is also helping MMG to fund hedge planting in Trellech Wet Meadow, and there are details of a work party on Thursday 14th March here.
For those of you further away there are other Long Forest work parties where you can help. On Tuesday the 12th March a group will be planting on a site near Goytre on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. There are two sections a short walk up from the Star Inn in either direction of bridge 62 on the canal. The job will involve working in a small team to start with clearing bramble and twigs using a scythe/ slasher and loppers, then planting with spades and handling the bags of hedge plants and finally fitting the rabbit guards and canes.
Meet at 9.30am at the Star Inn near Mamhilad (Old Abergavenny Rd, Pontypool NP4 0JF). The Inn has kindly offered parking for some cars for the day but please let the organisers know if you are going so they can manage the limited parking. It’s likely to end around 4pm, depending on conditions, so take a packed lunch.
Volunteers should wear suitable outdoor clothing with strong footwear and be aware that there is a fairly steep bank and bramble to negotiate. If people are unsure of their footing there is a valuable team role that can be done from the towpath in managing the stock of trees and rabbit guards etc.
If you can go, contact Tom Ward-Jackson, Project Officer at Keep Wales Tidy, on 07766 754894 or firstname.lastname@example.org