A ‘tiny forest’ is set to be planted at Morgan Jones Park in Caerphilly town.
The forest will be tightly planted with native species and is designed to grow up to ten times faster than a traditionally planted forest.
Tiny forests can take up to 30 times more carbon and reduce flooding risk, as well as reducing noise and air pollution and increasing biodiversity.
The community-led project will be run by environmental group Climate Action Caerphilly, alongisde Caerphilly County Borough Council.
The project has been funded by the Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposals Tax Scheme, and administered by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).
Members of Climate Action Caerphilly have worked with schools and other local groups to measure the biodiversity at the site before planting the tiny forest, while two engagement days were held in July and August, where residents were able to record the plant and bug life at the site.
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School pupils have also offered a helping hand in the design of the tiny forest.
An outdoor classroom is also set to be included in the project for local schools to use.
Soil improvements are set to begin at the site on September 20, with the tiny forest set to be planted soon after.
Climate Action Caerphilly has said the tiny forest will make the area “more resilient to climate change and should help reduce flooding”.
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