North Wales really is a close community with people of all ages and backgrounds coming together for the greater good and that’s exactly what players from Rygbi Gogledd Cymru, students from Ysgol Tan y Marian, Cartrefi Conwy and representatives from Brenig Construction did recently.

Cartrefi Conwy, Big Plant event on Peulwys estate in Colwyn Bay. (left to right ) Allan James, Olly Cracknell and Tallis Karaitaina of RGC North Wales Rugby with Rhian Jones headteacher at Ysgol Tan Y Marion and  pupils, Daniel Owen, Ethan Hughes, Armani Warburton, Charly Jones, Samantha Campbell, Chelsea Spruce, and Chloe Lawley.

Cartrefi Conwy, Big Plant event on Peulwys estate in Colwyn Bay. (left to right ) Allan James, Olly Cracknell and Tallis Karaitaina of RGC North Wales Rugby with Rhian Jones headteacher at Ysgol Tan Y Marion and pupils, Daniel Owen, Ethan Hughes, Armani Warburton, Charly Jones, Samantha Campbell, Chelsea Spruce, and Chloe Lawley.

As part of an environmental programme launched by Cartrefi Conwy, the Big Plant in Llysfaen has seen the young kids and rugby players join forces to plant over 1600 trees on a housing estate. These include oak, wild cherry, walnut, field maple, birch amongst many more.

The rugby players present from the RGC were Olly Cracknell and Tallis Karaitiawa with the former stating: “My grandfather was Welsh and I’m thrilled to be here in North Wales playing for RGC. Getting involved in planting trees has been a great experience and the children from Ysgol Tan y Marian have been fantastic.”

This enthusiasm was echoed by pupil Armani Warburton who said: “It will be good to have a wood here even if it takes a long time to grow. It has been really good fun planting the trees and making sure the roots go straight down into the ground.”

There has been a lot of praise for the £1.1 million project with many people praising the scheme to help keep North Wales such a stunning place to live. The headteacher of Ysgol Tan y Marian, Rhian Jones, furthered the praise by adding: “Being so close to their school this woodland is really on their doorstep. They will enjoy seeing the trees mature and the woodland develop in the years ahead and as they themselves grow-up.

“The woodland will also be a potential new teaching resource. I know the children who have come to help plant these new trees are very excited and, despite the cold, have thoroughly enjoyed the work.”

The whole endeavour has been a collaborative effort with many parties getting involved in a great cause. As well as National Resource Wales providing a grant that helped the teams to procure the saplings, Brenig Construction allowed four members of staff to help out with the Big Plant as well as picking up the wage bill for those involved.

Nick Ellis, site manager said: “We viewed the Big Plant as part of our community partnership. And as a result, we are happy to have four members of staff spending the day working with volunteers planting samplings that will, in time, develop into mature woodland and become a wonderful community asset.”

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