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26th November 2019

Plant Llantwit succeeds in bringing Big Climate Fightback to Heritage Coast

BY: Nathan Spackman

People power kick-started tree planting this weekend on the Heritage Coast just outside Llantwit Major despite wild conditions.

90 people from all walks of life turned out for the community group’s first tree planting on Saturday 23 November, succeeding in planting 929 trees in five hours along a footpath to the coastline.

From toddlers to pensioners, local councillors and eco activists to families, Plant Llantwit brought together the community to make a difference to the local environment.

Plant Llantwit was formed by local people in response to the growing global climate emergency in the summer of 2019, with the aim to plant more trees, increase planting and wildflower meadows in the historic coastal town. 

Even children got involved in helping Plant Llantwit!

Among those joining the digging in the rain were local Brownies, the Eco group from Llantwit Major School, local councillors and local runners the Major Milers who know a thing or two about all-weather activities.

Earlier in the week young green fingers planted 30 saplings at St Illtyd Primary School as part of their enrichment activities thanks to the Woodland Trust’s community planting scheme.

Liv Phillips, for Plant Llantwit, said:

“We are overwhelmed by the success and community spirit shown at our first mass tree planting event as part of the Big Climate Fightback with the Woodland Trust. This really is a case of people-power and shows the appetite among all ages and backgrounds to make a stand for the environment. We would like to thank everyone who gave their time on Saturday and in particular the Woodland Trust and the Conservation Volunteers for the saplings and Rhodri and Gaynor Davies of Rosedew Farm and the staff of the Cwtch Café on the Acorns Camping Park.”

Plant Llantwit’s first Tree Planting event was made possible through the Woodland Trust’s Community Trees programme as part of the charity’s Big Climate Fightback aiming to get one million people pledging to support tree planting by the end of this month.

The community group will hosting free eco-friendly crafts at the town’s Christmas Market at the Lights Switch on Saturday 30 November, where new and existing members can pick up a British native tree sapling as part of #EveryTreeCounts (subject to availability).

In just six months since its people-powered formation in May, Plant Llantwit is set to exceed its initial target of planting 1,000 trees in its first year with more than 950 trees 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 (free for under sixteens), with sign up available at any meeting or at Cosy Fox in the historic town.

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