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A new nursery promotes the improvement of biodiversity

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A new site is set to help grow the green shoots of Denbighshire County Council’s work to improve biodiversity across the county

The Council has set up a nursery of locally sourced trees at Green Gates Farm on the edge of St Asaph.

This new site aims to produce 5,000 trees and 5,000 native wild plants per year, with the hope of expanding in the future.

Following the Council’s declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency in 2019, this project is part of an ongoing commitment to improve biodiversity across the county,

In Denbighshire there are now almost 60 Wildflower Meadows project sites, including motorway shoulders, path edges, cycle paths and amenity meadows with more sites planned for inclusion this spring

These sites, along with the 11 roadside nature preserves, are equivalent to about 30 football fields of grassland managed as native wildflower meadows.

As well as protecting wildflowers, the grasslands also improve the well-being of Denbighshire’s native insects.

The Council has also set up a plan to create four new forests in Denbighshire and plans to plant almost 5,000 trees before March this year.

All seeds and cuttings are from plants in Denbighshire which means they are much more suited to our climate and conditions than plants from other parts of the UK. Choosing a local provenance also reduces the risk of introducing foreign diseases and pests to the area and preserves local genetics and regional variation within plant species.

Plants and trees grown at the nursery will be used to help boost biodiversity in the county, providing more wildflowers for our pollinators and more trees for our birds and other wildlife.

Some are used to improve communal lands for wildlife, such as planting wildflowers on roadsides that have become depleted of wildflowers over time due to regular mowing.

Through the road shoulder project, the council has reduced mowing on suitable shoulders, making them more suitable for wildflowers.

As well as boosting biodiversity on council-owned land, the trees and wildflowers will be made available to local groups and landowners who wish to encourage wildlife on their properties.

Cllr Tony Thomas, Housing and Communities Council Senior Member, said: ‘We are proud to have such an important facility in St Asaph which helps us achieve our aim of maintaining and enhancing biodiversity throughout the county.

“The nursery will also be used to grow less common species. Currently, the nursery grows junipers, wild corteges and black poplars, all of which have declined sharply over the past century.

“St Asaph is fortunate to have a group of black poplars already, but in many areas there are few left, and in particular very few females, as they are often culled due to the amounts of fluffy seed they leave. produce.

“If you are a local landowner who has black poplar on your land, we would love to come and take cuttings to grow. Alternatively, if you would like to plant black poplar on your land, please contact us.