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Sam Rowlands MS supports Woodlands Connection Week

SAM ROWLANDS, Member of the Welsh Parliament for North Wales, is backing a week-long event to highlight trees and woodlands in Wrexham.

Mr Rowlands, who has a keen interest in nature and the environment said: “I am delighted to hear about this years Wrexham Connections Week with the theme of ‘Seeking Sanctuary’ as we all know the benefits of trees and woodlands for people and wildlife.

“It is great to see the Council has teamed up with Wrexham Forest Partnership for this and I am pleased to see one of the trees nominated for offering ‘Sanctuary’ is the Wrexham Sweet Chestnut, in Acton Park which is 484 years old and won the prestigious UK ’Tree of the Year’ in 2023.

“I am a great supporter of trees in our community and share Wrexham County Borough Council’s view that they should be celebrated in the area and it is good to see local people being invited to nominate their own ’Sanctuary’ tree.”

For Woodland Connections Week, Wrexham council have joined the Wrexham Forest Partnership to host a series of events and talks throughout the week to show people just how special they are.

Several trees around Wrexham County have been chosen to pay homage to the ‘Seeking Sanctuary’ theme. Each tree has been nominated for offering ‘Sanctuary’ in one way or another. Amongst the trees are the winner of 2023 UK Tree of the Year, the Wrexham Sweet Chestnut, a 484 year old veteran in the heart of Acton Park.

Wrexham Forests Partnership is a collective of organisations who have signed Wrexham’s Woodland Pledge as a demonstration of their commitment to increasing tree canopy cover, and protecting existing trees and woodland across the county borough.  

One of the commitments is to “improve health and wellbeing through encouraging and enabling connections with nature and woodland”.  The Woodland Connections Week provides opportunities for anyone across Wrexham to do just that.

Join in activities taking place across Wrexham starting on Saturday June 15 with a guided tour of the city centre trees followed by a bat and moth night in Llwyneinion Woods.  The week continues with fireside sessions at Alyn Waters Country Park, an Ancient Tree Talk at Ty Pawb and a Summer Solstice Forest Bathing walk through Plas Power Woods. 

To find out more about these events visit Wrexham Forest Partnership facebook page.  Places are limited, so book your place soon by contacting [email protected] .

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If you can’t get to an event then visit one of the Sanctuary Trees across Wrexham with a friend or family member and reflect on what Sanctuary means to you or explore the tree to discover what wildlife resides here. 

To find your nearest ‘Sanctuary Tree’ find their map on display at Ty Pawb or read all about it on their blog

You too can nominate your own Sanctuary tree!  All you need to do is send in a photograph, location point and a brief description about why your tree is a sanctuary to you, your community or wildlife. Send your entries to [email protected] and they’ll publicise your tree for you.  Make sure you have the landowner’s permission.