Taliesin Nature Reserve
Work is gathering pace to revitalise the Taliesin Nature Reserve in Shotton.
Flintshire Countryside Service is currently working alongside local schools,
college pupils, local businesses and community groups to restore the nature
reserve using over £17,000 of funding from Tidy Towns.
A group of pupils from Coleg Cambria, Deeside, recently worked alongside ranger
Tim Johnson, scattering six kilograms of seed and raking it in over an area of
1200 square metres. Seed species scattered were common nap weed, red campion,
white campion, ox eye daisies, cow slips, wild carrot, yarrow, bird foot
trefoil, as well as an annual mix for some extra colour.
Staff from a number of local McDonalds stores have also been helping plant 400
trees in the area. The tree species being planted are guelder rose, hazel,
hawthorn, holly, crab apple, cherry, pear, elder, and rowan. All stores
involved are owned by local franchisee Stewart Williams,
Rangers and volunteers have also been busy creating disabled access paths and
improved path surfaces. as well as planting wildflower seeds and trees. They
will also be upgrading entrance points and erecting marker stones at the
Tidy Towns is a Keep Wales Tidy initiative funded by the Welsh Government and
supported by local authorities to improve the amenity, accessibility,
biodiversity of areas that have fallen into disrepair.
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “It’s great to
see this project gathering pace, and to see local pupils, businesses and
volunteers giving their time to a sustainable project to help the environment.
Our thanks to Coleg Cambria and to Stewart Williams and his team at McDonalds
for their support with this scheme. All of those involved should be proud to be
part of a team responsible for creating such a lovely space for everyone to
Councillor Ann Minshull, local ward member, added: “Well done to everyone
involved. We are looking forward to a fantastic display of flowers in the
Spring, to complement the other work done on the nature reserve.
Captions: 0629: Pictured are students from Coleg Cambria
0638: Pictured with Cllr Ann Minshull and Tim Johnson, Countryside Ranger, are
employees from McDonalds.