125 Tree Planting in Pembrokeshire
Across Pembrokeshire, we are celebrating 125 years of the National Trust by embarking on our biggest year of tree planting yet. We are aiming to plant 12,500 new trees across our special places in Pembrokeshire in 2020, and we want your help to do it.
In 1895, the National Trust was founded by Octavia Hill, Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley on a pledge to preserve our historical and natural places in the UK. Their aim was not only to save important sites but to open them up for everyone to enjoy.
Over the 125 years since, the National Trust has strived to stay true to the original ambitions of its pioneering founders. However, the world today is rapidly changing and we now face new challenges, such as rapidly declining woodland habitat. To tackle this, the National Trust recently pledged to plant and establish a further 20 million trees across the UK over the next 10 years.
In Pembrokeshire, we want to celebrate this milestone with our biggest year of tree planting yet. So, throughout 2020, we will be hosting tree planting sessions across the county for everyone to get involved in. We'll be kicking the campaign off on 22 February by planting 1250 new trees at Castle Dock Woods near our Stackpole Centre.
Below is everything you might need to know about getting involved with the event.
What time is the event and who can get involved?
The event will run from 10.00 - 15.00 on 22 February. Feel free to join any time to offer whatever help you can, whether it's just one tree or 50.
The event is family-friendly and you don't need any prior experience, only the will to get your hands dirty. Unfortunately, there are limited accessibility concerns (see below).
Where is the event and where can I park?
The tree planting will take place at Castle Dock Woods. Limited parking will be available at Castle Dock Wood car park for those with young children or accessibility issues (please see below). To get here, follow the B4319 from Pembroke to Stackpole. You’ll find the Castle Dock Wood car park on your left-hand side just after passing the turning and signs for Stackpole Court.
We encourage visitors to use extra parking available at Lodge Park Woods and Stackpole Quay (directions). From Stackpole Quay, there will be a free regular shuttle bus available to Castle Dock.
From Castle Dock car park, it will be approximately a 15-minute walk through the woodland to the tree planting area. Directional signage will be provided on the day.
How accessible is the event?
Unfortunately, the path that leads to the tree planting area from the car park is mixed-terrain woodland footpath. This will make it difficult to access the tree-planting area for buggies and those with accessibility issues. The tree planting itself will also take place on steep ground. If you require further information, you can get in touch with our team here.
What should I wear?
Be sure to bring wellies or walking boots and clothes that you don't mind getting a little muddy, particularly if the weather forecast looks poor.
What facilities are available?
Please be aware, the nearest public toilets to the tree planting area are about a 20-minute walk in the general direction of the car park. We would heavily advise visitors to use these facilities before heading over to the tree planting area. Directional signage will be provided on the day.
Will there be food or drink available?
We will not be supplying food or drink on the day. Please do bring water and snacks to keep your energy levels up, but please do not leave any litter.
If you fancy a tasty treat, we are offering anyone that gets involved in tree planting a 20% off food and drink voucher, valid on the day at our nearby Boathouse Tea-Room overlooking the stunning Stackpole Quay.
What types of trees will be planted?
We’ll be planting a variety of native broadleaf species including sessile oak, field maple and wild cherry. The trees have been kindly gifted by the Woodland Trust as part of Hay Festival’s Thirty Acre Wood project, with the planting at Stackpole marking the final acre of the partnership scheme.
Why have these tree species been selected?
The new trees will be a variety of deciduous trees. This is because we are aiming to create new woodland areas that are both diverse and resilient, critical at a time when woodland across the UK is under real threat.
Any further queries, get in touch using the details here.