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Dobbies marks ‘Bring your Christmas Tree Home’ Day at its Swansea store

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Garden centre Dobbies is encouraging people in Swansea to think sustainably this Christmas, as they mark ‘Bring your Christmas Tree Home Day’ (4 December 2021).

Dobbies’ annual ‘Bring your Christmas Tree Home Day’ takes place on the first Saturday of December and marks the day most shoppers visit their local garden centre to pick up their real cut or pot grown Christmas trees.

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Ethan Firth, Dobbies Little Seedling Ambassador

This year, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer has launched a new range of real Christmas trees for every space at its Swansea store, making it easier to find the perfect tree no matter your style or budget. From small trees like the pot grown Picea ‘Conica’, ideal for compact spaces; to the slim grade Nordmann Fir, perfect for tight spots; to the impressive Premium grade Nordmann Fir for large rooms, there is something for every home, so you can do Christmas your way.

This ‘Bring your Christmas Tree Home Day’, Dobbies is encouraging shoppers buying real trees to think ahead about how they can reuse their Christmas centrepiece once the festivities are over. The garden centre has announced its top tips on how people can repurpose their cut Christmas trees to create a wildlife haven for small animals and insects to shelter in during the winter months and reduce waste in the new year. This is part of the #SustainableDobbies campaign, in which the retailer raises awareness of sustainable products and practices for customers and supporters.

Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles said: “Choosing a real tree is one of the most-loved Christmas traditions, and on this year’s ‘Bring Your Christmas Tree Home Day’, we want to encourage people in Swansea to be mindful of how they can recycle their cut real trees once the festivities are over.

“Cut real Christmas trees can be a great tool when it comes to creating a safe place for wildlife to shelter during the winter months, so we’re delighted to show people how they can make use of their trees once the Christmas decorations have come down.”

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of British Hedgehog Preservation Society said: “We’re delighted that Dobbies are shining a light on ways in which people can create a safe space for hedgehogs and other wildlife in their gardens. Hedgehog numbers are in decline, and they have recently been added to the UK Red List as a species that is vulnerable to extinction. We all need to play our part in improving their habitat and we hope people will take advantage of these tips to help create a safe place for wildlife in their gardens.”

Marcus has outlined a step-by-step guide on how people can reuse their real cut Christmas trees to make a wildlife haven in their gardens in the new year:

  1. Remove the tree from your house carefully to stop any loose needles from dropping. Marcus recommends wearing thick gloves to protect your hands.
  2. Using a good quality pair of secateurs, starting from the top remove each branch as close as possible to the main stem.
  3. Stack the branches together four or five pieces high and place onto soil or leaves under large shrubs, trees or hedges.
  4. Repeat this process until all the branches are used. This will provide a great shelter for small animals and insects to protect them from the worst of the winter weather. Marcus points out that the needles and branches will breakdown over time to produce organic matter than will enrich the soil.
  5. For the main trunk of the tree use a pruning saw to cut into 30cm lengths, which can then be stacked to make a mini log pile which is a great habitat for wildlife to shelter in.

Dobbies is encouraging the children who attend its Little Seedlings Club to take the lead in creating wildlife shelters.

Ethan Firth, Dobbies Little Seedling Ambassador, adds: “Christmas is a time to create fond

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memories and what better way than to keep a memory of Christmas whilst considering the environment and being sustainable all at the same time! I plan to re-pot our family pot grown Christmas tree and reuse for next Christmas, and the cut Christmas tree in my bedroom I’m going to recycle and make a hedgehog shelter.”

To find out more about Dobbies, visit dobbies.com

To find out more about the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, visit britishhedgehogs.org.uk

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Government to give free tree to every household in Wales to tackle climate change

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Every household in Wales will be offered a free tree to plant as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to tackle climate change, Deputy Minister Lee Waters promised today.

The bold new policy will give people the chance to choose a tree of their own to plant or opt to have a tree planted on their behalf.

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Speaking at a visit to a major Coed Cadw woodland creation project in Neath during National Tree Week, the Deputy Minister for Climate Change confirmed the Welsh Government had partnered with the Woodland Trust to deliver the campaign.

The first trees will be available to collect from March, from one of five regional community hubs that will be established. The Welsh Government aims to set up a further 20 hubs across wales by October 2022.

Earlier this year, the Deputy Minister for Climate Change led a deep dive exercise into tree planting and timber, which identified a set of actions the Welsh Government needed to take forward to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change.

The Deputy Minister said: “Trees are amazing – they save lives by keeping our air clean, they improve people’s physical and mental health, they are essential for tackling our nature emergency, improving biodiversity and, of course, in tackling climate change.

“The deep dive made it clear to me that everyone will have a part to play if we are to be successful in tackling climate change and realising our ambitions to create a National Forest for Wales.

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“I am therefore pleased to announce we have partnered with the Woodland Trust to deliver a campaign that will provide every household in Wales an opportunity to plant a free tree in Wales.

“This will enable people in Wales to further understand and experience the many benefits that trees can provide, not only to the environment but also to people’s health and wellbeing.”

The Deputy Minister made it clear that everyone in Wales could benefit from the campaign.

“We understand that not all households will be able to plant a tree themselves, but will still be keen to get involved,” he explained.

“That is why we will make an option available to ‘plant a tree for me’, which will allow for people to opt to have a free tree planted on their behalf at locations across Wales via the community hubs and volunteers.

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“Instruction and guidance, including the location of community hubs near you and how to claim your tree, will soon be available through various information webpages but also locally on the ground via a network of volunteers in every area.”

Natalie Buttriss, Coed Cadw Director said, “We are delighted to be working with the Welsh Government in this great community tree giveaway to get thousands of native trees in the ground.

“While tree-planting is only one way to help tackle climate change, it is a simple and enjoyable way for every single person in Wales to have the chance to plant a tree and watch it grow.

“This project will be open to all types of people living in Wales and we hope it will inspire many individuals and local community groups to become involved. We want people from all backgrounds to be part of planting the National Forest for Wales.”

The Deputy Minister also revealed that a consultation would launch early in 2022 on plans to create a National Forest for Wales.

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Carmarthenshire’s Aberglasney Gardens to feature in hour-length episode of new Channel 5 series 

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Aberglasney Gardens will feature in a dedicated hour-length episode of the new Channel 5 series ‘Great British Gardens’ presented by Carol Klein at 7pm on Thursday, 11 November 2021. 

The Channel 5 series, which starts with the Aberglasney Gardens episode, follows Carol Klein as she visits a variety of beautiful gardens from across the UK and gets to know the people who nurture and look after them.  

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During Thursday’s episode Carol will meet Aberglasney Gardens’ Head Gardener, Joseph Atkin. Whilst exploring the Gardens she will discover the many different wet-loving plants that thrive in our Welsh climate. 

Aberglasney Gardens’ Head Gardener, Joseph Atkin said, “The filming took place over 12 months so viewers will be able to see how the Gardens change with the seasons. Of particular interest will be the opportunity for everyone to see the spring season of last year when we had to close our gates to visitors due to lockdown. It will be a treat for everyone to see how beautiful the Gardens looked at that time.” 

Each episode of the series explores one inspiring garden: from the mysterious Aberglasney to the generous swathes of tall grasses and perennials of the beautiful garden and nursery of Graham and Lucy Gough at Marchants. The pioneering Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex, to Llanover Gardens near Abergavenny, a hidden jewel in the crown of Wales’ horticultural heritage.        

As well as meeting the people who care for the gardens Carol will also share her extensive knowledge and learns the secrets of some of Britain’s most treasured outdoor spaces. 

Lead image: Carol Klein whilst filming at Aberglasney Gardens with Head Gardener, Joseph Atkin

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New veg garden at S4C’s Carmarthen base on university campus funded by Keep Wales Tidy

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Canolfan S4C Yr Egin has been awarded a new garden package by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

They’re one of the first establishments in the country to benefit from the Local Places for Nature scheme.

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Yr Egin will create a food growing garden on the centre’s land.  The plants, equipment and materials are all being provided for free by Keep Wales Tidy.  The package will be a great opportunity for Yr Egin to lead locally by demonstrating good practices to the variety of community groups that collaborate with it.

By collaborating with one of Yr Egin’s current projects, ‘Blaguro’, the package will be a way of extending that project by offering more opportunities to the social groups and movements that collaborate with the centre to grow vegetables on the site.

In addition, the garden will be a space for the creative community that works with Yr Egin, and an ideal venue for the University students and staff to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

Llinos Jones, Yr Egin Project Engagement Officer, said: “We’re extremely glad and grateful to have received this valuable package from Keep Wales Tidy, this will enable us to work closely with Carmarthen’s communities, giving people opportunities to work with and experience nature on their doorstep with high-quality equipment, and in a safe and creative environment.”

Last year, over 500 small gardens were created, restored and improved across Wales.  Community groups and establishments of all kinds and sizes took part – from disability charities and youth groups to social initiatives and carers’ groups.

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Louise Tambini, Deputy Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy, said: “Over the twelve months, more people than ever have come to appreciate the value of nature on their doorstep. But urgent action must be taken to give reverse its decline.

“We are delighted that Yr Egin has had the opportunity to make a real difference through Local Places for Nature.  We hope that other communities will be inspired to take part.”

(Lead image: UWTSD)

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