The Paddock is owned by Susan Roberts, who reached out to Treegeneration to get advice and support on planting trees. The property is situated a few miles inland of Aberaeron, in Ceredigion, on the West Coast of Wales.
This is a micro-project, with the Paddock totalling slightly over one third of an acre. In the past the field has been used for grazing ponies, but it is Susan's wish to plant the space with trees, to support local wildlife, and as a memorial to her youngest daughter who passed away.
Treegeneration has worked with Susan and created a plan to plant 120 native trees in the field. Because of the limited space available, the species that have been chosen are all smaller varieties. Species have also been chosen that are especially beneficial to local wildlife, in particular bird populations.
In addition to the trees, Susan uses the field to grow some fruit and vegetables. The field has a good south facing aspect and collects plenty of sunshine, and an area has been left clear of trees in the plan, to accommodate food growing. Fruit trees, soft fruit bushes, and elder are planned for the sunny southern side, and will provide an edible woodland edge, both for humans, and wildlife.
The following trees species have been chosen: hazel, hawthorn, elder, goat willow, birch, and cherry. Planting is planned for the winter of 2021-22, and we will be adding more information to this page as the project progresses.