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30,000 more trees planned for Cardiff’s urban forest

Volunteers at work during a Coed Caerdydd tree planting event.

30,000 more trees are expected to be planted in Cardiff’s urban forest over the next 6 months as volunteers join community tree planting events taking place across the city.

More than 150 community events will be held during the official tree planting season, which runs from late October through until early April as part of Cardiff Council’s mass tree planting programme, Coed Caerdydd. This includes events with schools, community groups, corporate volunteers, and residents.

Established in 2021, Coed Caerdydd has already seen volunteers donate 5,000 hours of their time, helping to plant and care for approximately 50,000 new trees, spread across every single council ward in the city.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Events, Cllr Jennifer Burke, said: “Last year we had 1,356 volunteers helping us with planting and if we can match that this year, we could be looking at 80,000 new trees having been planted in just over three years. That’s great news for Cardiff and for the planet and I’d really encourage people to sign up for one of our planting events, they’re great fun and a great way to make a positive difference.

“As these trees become established, they’ll provide important habitats for nature, make our city greener, clean the air we all breathe, and help absorb some of the climate-changing carbon emissions we create.”

When assessing sites for planting, environmental and soil conditions are factored into species selection to give the newly planted trees the best chances of survival.

The new trees are then looked after by a network of volunteer tree guardians, working alongside Council teams to help water and care for them.

To find a tree planting event in your area, and sign up to take part, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/coed-caerdydd-46791623513