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Caerleon Festival – planting for the next generation

Now in its 14th year, Caerleon Festival’s ongoing commitment to the environment and the community means that one of the town’s best known open spaces has been greatly enhanced, thanks to a small army of local school pupils and volunteers. 

The Hanbury Meadow, the field which is managed and used for its events by the Festival, is gradually being improved this year through a systematic programme of planting and seeding The establishment of countryside hedging, the sowing of wildflower seeds and repairs to a centuries old wall are now underway. The field is also shared with the final stage of the Newport to Caerleon cycle route, so it plays a vital role in the life of the town.

On the 15th January more than 30 pupils and staff from Caerleon Comprehensive School, the Charles Williams Primary School, Caerleon Lodge Hill Primary School and Seren Fach Nursery School worked for more than two hours planting several hundred hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel saplings.

The following day saw Festival volunteers being joined by Festival Patron Dame Rosemary Butler AM to complete the project. Expert advice was provided by Caerleon horticulturist Marilyn Pope, who also plays a major role in other environmental projects in Newport.

The hedge separates the meadow from the adjacent Hanbury Garage, which is currently being used as a car wash. 

Festival chairman Tim Davidson, who is also a member of Caerleon Tourism Forum, said:
“It was a magnificent effort by the schools, and by our volunteers, to get this week’s planting completed so quickly and efficiently. It’s great to see the community as a whole taking ownership of this ongoing project. I look forward to seeing more activities of this kind. The work on the Meadow will improve the approaches to Caerleon, and make it an even more attractive place for visitors.”

 

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