Jan 29

Tiny Forest gets green light on Barrage

Bringing the beauty of a wild woodland to Cardiff Bay Barrage, an exciting Keep Wales Tidy and Cardiff Harbour Authority project will be taking root near the swift tower.

Work starts on Monday 1 February on our Tiny Forest, which is one of five to spring up in Wales. The build is expected to take two weeks.

A Tiny Forest is a dense, native woodland consisting of four tree layers, including canopy trees, understory trees, and a shrub layer. In addition to providing an attractive haven for butterflies, birds, bees and small mammals, the green space helps people to connect with and enjoy nature.

The trees have been sourced through the Woodland Trust that specialises in growing local provenance stock, and the Miyawaki forestry method of soil preparation will be observed to create the most natural situation possible for young saplings. The area will also feature paths and an outdoor classroom – a simple space in which children can learn about flora and fauna, and local communities can take part in activities.

Tiny Forests might be small (around the size of a tennis court), but the benefits they provide to wildlife, communities and general wellbeing can be boundless.

Image taken prior to Covid-19 restrictions.

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