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Taliesin Nature Reserve

Published: 10/12/2014

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 nature reserve. 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 enjoy.” 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. Image Captions: 0629: Pictured are students from Coleg Cambria 0638: Pictured with Cllr Ann Minshull and Tim Johnson, Countryside Ranger, are employees from McDonalds.