Hay Trees project at Dyffryn Gardens

Hawthorn berries on Bookham Commons

This year we have partnered with the Woodland Trust to plant 1km of hedgerow as part of the Hay Trees Project.  The project aims to plant 30 acres of trees to mark 30 years of Hay Festival.

The first acre was planted by the National Trust below Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Our acre has been planted as one kilometre of hedgerow and will be planted around the boundaries of Dyffryn as well as some woodland compartments within the grounds. Parts of the hedgerow will be restoring existing boundaries that have become sparse and others where previously laid hedges had been and are now lost.

The Woodland Trust donated 4,900 trees and shrubs to Dyffryn which has helped us increase habitats for wildlife and improve our biodiversity as well as providing much needed restoration to our hedgerows. Amongst others the Woodland Trust is donating Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Field Maple, Hazel, Dog Wood and Crab Apple.

Habitat loss is a threat to lots of domestic species in the UK so replanting hedgerow is important in ecological restoration. On average there are 7 species of plant per linear metre of hedgerow. This creates a corridor for wildlife and provides food such as berries through the winter and gives cover for a number of invertebrates.