UWTSD students plant over 400 new trees in the Big Plant 2017.


Students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David have planted 420 new trees as part of the Big Plant 2017. The event, which was organised by the University’s Environment Society in conjunction with Trinity Saint David Students’ Union, took place at Llys Nini Animal Centre in Gorseinon and was attended by student volunteers, members of the local community and Students’ Union and University staff. It was sponsored by Swansea Rotary Club and supported by the Woodland Trust. 

Ella Wilkinson as a BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation student and is the President of the University’s Environment Society. She said: "Planting 420 trees was great but getting people outside thinking about the environment and where we can make changes to our own lives with regards to sustainability was fantastic."

The trees were provided by the Woodland Trust, who will be helping to monitor their progress. They will also be using the event as a case study to include in a brochure which they send out to their members to keep them updated on the work which they're supporting. The day was organised in conjunction with Elanor Alun, who is Conservation Manager at Llys Nini. She graduated from UWTSD with BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation and was also previously President of the University’s Environment Society. She said: “It is wonderful to see the Environment Society carrying on because the work is so important. The course and the work I did with the Society helped me to get this job. The trees are important because we have three woodlands on this site, one is an ancient woodland and one is undisturbed so we want to link them up.  Creatures such as birds, foxes and mice have longer ranges and so connecting the woodlands will enable them to travel between them.”

The students will continue to monitor the progress of the trees as they grow. Joe Edwards, Swansea Student President of Trinity Saint David Students’ Union said: "It was good meeting new people, spending time outside and getting involved with extra-curricular activities while supporting the Llys Nini community. The Big Plant event enabled us to use skills like communication and team work. It was nice that it was so closely linked to the Environmental Conservation course as well.”

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