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Working closely with Coed Cymru and Coed Cadw-The Woodland Trust in Wales, the Bryn Arw Commoners Association secured the consent of the landowners, the graziers and all the relevant consultees. Permission to erect a fence on the common for 12 years was granted by the Welsh Planning Inspectorate on 10/5/19.

 

  • The Welsh Government, via the Glastir Woodland Creation scheme, have agreed to fund this project. The funding partly covers ground preparation and the plant itself, plus 12 years of aftercare for the trees, to ensure the highest rates of survivability.
  • Through entering a partnership agreement with Coed Cadw, the project received expert advice on the plant design, particularly relating to the mix of broadleaf species and how best to protect the existing trees on the common.
  • Coed Cadw also agreed to fund and help carry out surveys, to provide biodiversity baseline data for the whole of Bryn Arw Common. Botanical data surveys were conducted in 2019-20; bird and Lepidoptera surveys are being carried out over summer 2021. Data will be collected periodically, going forward, hopefully with the involvement of our volunteers.
  • The final chunk of funding, to cover the necessary ground preparations and ongoing maintenance until the trees are established, which entails extensive bracken control, has been raised through the sale of carbon credits via Forest Carbon. The carbon that will be sequestered on Bryn Arw was purchased by Utility Warehouse, who are heavily engaged in the project and are now major supporters of Stump Up For Trees going forward.
  • The trees for the plant came from Maelor. This nursery in Shropshire is part of the ‘UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown’ (UKISG) scheme. The trees are all local seed provenance.

 

Ground preparations were carried out over summer 2020. Planting began in December 2020. In exceptional circumstances due to coronavirus restrictions and against the odds, the plant was completed in March 2021.

Botanical Survey

With the assistance of Coed Cadw-The Woodland Trust in wales, a botanical survey was carried out on Bryn Arw. Transects were laid in Spring 2020, before ground preparations for planting on the common began. In this video, Alison Wheeler, an ecologist with over 30 years of field experience, outlines how the survey works.

With this baseline data, we will continue to record the flora on Bryn Arw annually.

 

Bedstraw and Bilberries

We have initiated a community art project, called ‘Bedstraw and Bilberries’, which will gather local artists to witness and represent the changes that this project brings about on the common.

The art project will conclude with an exhibition in Abergavenny in spring 2021.

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