Roaring success!

On Wednesday and Sunday last week Cefn Ila welcomed over 30 new volunteers! During the two work parties teams of people worked hard to transform an area of the arboretum. Previously smothered by invasive laurel and Rododendron ponticum an area of the orchard was cleared to reveal the specimen pines.

Clearing bramble around a specimen Rhododendron

Clearing bramble around a specimen Rhododendron

Each day started with a small tour of this historic and beautiful site with Site Manager Barry Embling. Important work commenced, using bow saws, loppers and machetes to claim back the arboretum from invasive plants.

Fuelling the fire with laurel

Fuelling the fire with laurel

Volunteers learnt new skills including felling very large shrubs safely, plant identification and starting a fire with wet material. We all enjoyed a warming cup of tea from the popular Kelly kettle at lunch time and a good fire to clear the laurel foliage.

Team takes lunch

Team takes lunch

We look forward to seeing new and familiar volunteers on the 4th February, 10-3 to continue work in the arboretum and make a start on other projects.

Contact: Cefnila@woodlandtrust.org.uk or 07774786514

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