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19th November 2019

Community group holds first mass tree planting event as part of UK wide #EveryTreeCounts event

BY: Nathan Spackman

Community-led Plant Llantwit is asking for the entire community of Llantwit Major to back its local tree planting campaign this weekend, as part of the nationwide Big Climate Fightback tree planting.  

The first Plant Llantwit mass tree planting takes place this Saturday 23 November along a public footpath to the popular local beach.

Liv Phillips, Secretary for Plant Llantwit, said:

“We are so delighted that our first mass tree planting event is part of the Big Climate Fightback with the Woodland Trust in its #EveryTreeCounts campaign. Growing numbers of people up and down the UK are working from grassroots level to make a stand for the environment. 

“We look forward to welcoming the people of our community get involved on the day. Anyone can join in simply by becoming a member of Plant Llantwit.  All ages and abilities can get involved, with extra hands on deck to plant on behalf of others on request. Saplings will also be available on the day to be potted up for planting later at home.”

The first Plant Llantwit tree planting takes place on Saturday 23 November from 10am to 3pm, from the meeting point of Cwtch Café on the Acorns Camping Park to the south of the town.  

Plant Llantwit membership is just £1.  Any Plant Llantwit members can plant on the day and walk-up new members are welcome. Children must be supervised by accompanying adults. Donning wellies and waterproofs is encouraged! 

New and existing members can also take home a British native sapling at the tree planting event or at Plant Llantwit’s stall at the Christmas Market which runs alongside the Lights Switch On in the town centre on Saturday 30 November (subject to availability).  

Plant Llantwit’s first Big Tree Planting event is made possible through the Woodland Trust’s Community Trees programme and takes place ahead of the charity’s Big Climate Fightback aiming to get one million people pledging to support tree planting by 30 November.

In just six months since its people-powered formation in May, Plant Llantwit has successfully made its first applications for tree planting, with tree planting beginning on private land with permissions along a public footpath leading to the coastal path in an area much appreciated by local walkers and residents. The growing community group is set to exceed its target of planting 1,000 trees in its first year with 1,300 trees to be planted in November and 500 more planned for Spring 2020.

To find out more about Plant Llantwit including future tree planting and public talks, follow #PlantLlantwit, head to its Facebook page or email plantllantwit@gmail.com. Membership is currently just £1, with sign up available at any meeting or at Cosy Fox and Wine Street Café in the historic town.

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