RESIDENTS of all ages donned the gardening gloves to improve the biodiversity of where they live.
People young and old from Treuddyn joined a planting party yesterday to develop a wildlife corridor which it is hoped will attract insects and bees and encourage pollination near the Bro Brwynog Estate
The event was the first in a series of community planting parties organised for both the half-term and Easter school holidays.
The events are laid on by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association in partnership with Flintshire Council and Keep Wales Tidy.
Flintshire chairman and Treuddyn councillor Carolyn Thomas, who is also the authority’s biodiversity champion, was one of those helping out on the day.
“It went very well,” she said. “And it was nice to get out in the fresh air. We were very lucky with the weather.”
Cllr Thomas said that when the Bro Brwynog estate was built, it had been agreed to create the wildlife corridor.
She said native varieties were chosen including blackthorn whose flowers would encourage pollination and whose berries would provide food for birds.
“The idea of today was to get the community involved,” she added.
“To give them a sense of ownership of the place they live in. Lots of residents came from the estate and it was great to see the young mums and children.”
Community development officer Louise Blackwell thanked everyone who turned out to help.
“The day went really well,” she added.
“We’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who helped out, especially Amy Green and Sarah Slater from Flintshire Council. who arranged funding for the hedgerow plants, and Keep Wales Tidy officer Judith Wright who helped out and provided tools for the planting.”
Clwyd Alyn housing officer Lisa Best agreed it had been a brilliant team effort.
“We planted up all the saplings within an hour,” she said.
The second planting day will be on April 23 from 10am.