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Volunteers celebrated for biodiversity support

Green hearted volunteers have been highlighted for their support towards Denbighshire’s biodiversity.

Denbighshire County Council has paid a big thank you to volunteers who have dug deep to help local biodiversity during Volunteers’ Week 2023.

The week long campaign is run to celebrate the inspiration that many volunteers provide to organisations across the UK.

Volunteers have joined together with the Council’s Biodiversity Team to help grow the Wildflower Meadows Project and nurture the local tree nursery at St Asaph.

For 2023, following feedback from local members and communities, there are 129 meadows this season supporting biodiversity improvement which include highway verges, footpath edges, cycleways and amenity grasslands.

Along with the county roadside nature reserves which take the total number of wildflower sites up to 140, there will be just over 70 acres of meadows helping and protecting local nature.

Many volunteers have helped staff boost these sites by taking part in plug planting on the meadows.

Alongside this, volunteers are helping maintain and improve growth of wildflowers and trees at the tree nursery which aims to provide over 5,000 wildflower plants and 5,000 trees each growing season.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Our volunteers are absolutely fantastic. The support they have given our projects at the tree nursery and the wildflower meadows is phenomenal, they have really helped these grow in size to benefit biodiversity in the county.

“I want to say thank you to all who have rolled up their sleeves to get involved during this Volunteer Week, the efforts you provide are really making a positive difference for Denbighshire’s biodiversity and for the well-being of our future generations.”

These project has also been funded by Welsh Government, through the Local Nature Partnerships Cymru ENRaW project.

If you are interested in volunteering or need further information, please email biodiversity@denbighshire.gov.uk

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