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Garden Improvements at Llanegryn

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14 December 2016

Residents of a housing estate in Llanegryn will see considerable changes in front of their houses during the coming months, thanks to the work of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd and Snowdonia National Park Authority.

The Maesegryn housing estate was built in the 1940s and is home today to 24 Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd tenants as well as a number of private residents. For the first time, Snowdonia National Park Authority and Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd have joined forces in a pilot project to look at different ways of managing the land for everyone’s benefit.

The main aim of this pioneering project is to bring visual benefits back to the community and residents of the Maesegryn estate. Old concrete poles and grass will be removed and replaced by flowering grassland, new hedges and trees. The work will include 266 meters of hedges and 25 trees planted this month and 0.376814 hectare (3768m2) of flowering grassland will be planted in spring. The planted trees will include oak, hazel, maple and cherry blossom trees, and the hedges include an attractive mix of elder, crab apple and hawthorn trees.

Rhys Owen, the Authority’s Head of Conservation and Agriculture said,

“This is a pilot project looking at different ways of managing land and will ultimately bring benefits to everyone in the area. In providing a service such as this, not only will people of Maesegryn benefit, but it will also benefit wildlife and new habitats will be created.”

Rhys Evans, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd’s Community Support Officer added,

"This is the first time for us to be a part of a project of this type. It's great to have an opportunity to be part of something that is going to bring benefits to the world of nature, and in the long term will improve the appearance of an area of Llanegryn. We hope that the residents will have years of enjoyment after the work is completed.

I would like to thank the SNPA team for its help with the project, it is a great example of what can be achieved through co-operation After struggling to find a contractor to do the work, the advice and help from the team has been invaluable."

SNPA’s Wardens and Conservation Officers will carry out the project along with the help of pupils from Ysgol Craig y Deryn.

Notes to Editors

  1. Image: Rhys Evans of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, John Foster and Gethin Corps from SNPA, together with Cllr. Louise Hughes from Llanegryn and pupils from Ysgol Craig y Deryn, Llenegryn.