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Ranger Service to plant 2000 trees to support Caerphilly Council’s Climate Emergency declaration

Posted on : 26 Nov 2019

Ranger Service to plant 2000 trees to support Caerphilly Council’s Climate Emergency declaration
To support Caerphilly County Borough Council’s climate change pledge, the ranger service will plant 450m of new hedgerows at four countryside parks and two local schools.

Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Welsh Assembly announced a climate emergency back in June 2019 and the council’s ranger service has decided to do something about it with the help of local communities.

During National Tree Week (23 November-1 December) 450m of new hedgerow will be planted at Riverside Park, Pen y Fan Pond, Parc Penallta, Parc Coetir Bargoed, Ystrad Mynach Primary School and Bedwas Comprehensive School which equates to 2000 trees in total.

Trees help to remove greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide from the air helping to reduce global warming. Over many years trees have been cut down in Wales leaving only 16% woodland cover, compared with most European countries that have 30%.

To help plant the 2000 trees the rangers have enlisted the help of local school children from Tyn-y-Wern, Rhiw Syr Dafydd, Ysgol Penalltau, St Gwladys, Ystrad Mynach and Bedwas Comprehensive who are all keen to get involved in tackling this national emergency.

Andy Wilkinson, Senior Environmental Education Ranger said “Everyone is now fully aware of the climate change emergency threatening our world. So we wanted to give the community an opportunity to do something about it here in the County Borough. The school children have been amazing, leaping at the opportunity to start creating a brighter future.”

Cllr Nigel George, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services commented “It’s fantastic to see the pupils so passionate about contributing to making Caerphilly county borough a cleaner, greener and better place. I hope that in doing this, it will raise the awareness of climate change whilst giving the local community an opportunity to get involved in improving their local environment.”

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