We love the great outdoors (and indoors) here at Bluestone National Park Resort. And so did many of the guests enjoying a short break with us over the weekend here in glorious Pembrokeshire as they helped plant our new Diamond Jubilee Wood.
Bluestone is one of just two Diamond Woods in Wales and 60 being planted throughout the UK this year as part of a scheme co-ordinated by the Woodland Trust.
The new wood will bring together the historic Canaston and Minwear woods for the first time in centuries, securing an important habitat for wildlife in the area.
“This is a great way to create new habitats for wildlife, flora and fauna as well as marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee,” said Iolo. “It’ll provide a legacy for generations to come and brings together two very important existing woods here in the heart of Pembrokeshire.”
He added: “The Bluestone Diamond Wood, with its 35,000 new trees, demonstrates how we can work together to safeguard our environment and it’s good to see so many people wanting to be involved in such an important scheme here in West Wales.”
Sixty new Diamond Woods, each around 60 acres in size, plus hundreds of smaller Jubilee Woods are being created across the UK. The aim is to plant six million trees and to involve millions of people in the planting.
Mr McNamara said: “We’re privileged to be involved in the Diamond Wood scheme. As guardians of this important part of Pembrokeshire appreciate just how important our responsibilities are.
“The creation of a new woodland will not only enhance what is already an important habitat, but it will build our legacy for generations to come.”
A range of native trees are being planted following consultation with the Woodland Trust, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Wildlife Trust, Countryside Council for Wales and the Forestry Commission.
They include Ash, Oak, Rowan, Hazel, Wild Cherry,Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Crab Apple, Field Maple, Common Alder, Downy Birch, Blackthorn, Alder Buckthorn, Elder, Spindle and Aspen.
The project is being funded by Bluestone with part funding from Forestry Commission Wales through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013. The plan is funded through the Welsh Government and European Union.