Local community help make Carrog a nature friendly farm

Two women planting hedges at Carrog farm, Snowdonia

Carrog has been a hive of activity recently, with over 100 volunteers, ranging from 8 year olds to pensioners, all chipping in to lend a helping hand on the farm. A huge thank you too – Ysgol Penmachno, Ysgol Ysbyty Ifan, Ysgol Eifionnydd, Ysgol y Moelwyn and Coleg Llandrillo, Snowdonia Society and Cwm Penmachno Action Group, who have all been involved.

Sowing seeds for the future

A hundred-and-fifty willow trees have been planted alongside the riverbank, which will grow to create shade for spawning fish and perches for hunting kingfishers.

550meters of hedging plants, including hawthorn, blackthorn, guelder rose and holly, will restablish a network of wildlife corridors whilst also creating shelter for livestock during harsh winter weather.

A mixture of rare black poplar, oak and aspen have also been planted within the field. Helping provide vertical habitats as well as some shade for livestock on a hot summers day.

All in all, nearly 5000 trees and hedging plants have been planted on the farm in the space of one winter.

Tempting wildlife to set up camp

Cwm Penmachno Action Group have been busy creating some additional shelters for some special creatures. From a five-star otter holt with riverside views to some beehives within excelllent commuting distance to our newly seeded wildflower meadow. Rhyd y Creauau will be busy monitoring the farm and river to see how soon this fantastic new real estate is snapped up.

Creating a space for the community

A community path across the farm is being desgined especially by Ysgol Penmachno. This path will help ensure there is an off road route linking both Cwm Penmachno and Penmachno communities.  As part of their project, pupils will also have the challenge of designing the waymarkers and dogs on lead signs.

The path, provides a space for the local community to walk through and witness the transformation of their efforts. To notice how ‘their’ trees are growing, to listen to the birds chirping alongside the moo-ing of contented cows and the backdrop of a healthy, burburling river.

Carrog’s guardian

New farming tenants have moved into Carrog, taking on the small-holding they will raise sheep and cattle here. On a diet that includes a rich mix of wildflowers and grasses, using grazing patterns that will allow the fields to flourish. They will continue the work the community has started, for many years to come.