Tai Tarian invites Pontardawe residents to join tree planting programme

Fri 06 Mar 2020

Tree planting at Croeserw

Tai Tarian, one of the largest social housing providers in Wales, has invited the public to join them to plant hundreds of trees in the Swansea Valley in a bid to help tackle the climate crisis.

The exercise, at Pontardawe, is the latest in a number of special projects for the housing provider as they work towards their commitment of becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.

Other initiatives include improving the energy performance of their homes and buildings, enhancing their bio-diversity programme, using electric power for their fleet of vans and looking at alternative ways for staff to commute to and from work.

The trees, which are being donated by the Woodland Trust, will be planted at three locations across Pontardawe.  Varieties planted included Hawthorn, European Spindle, Dog Rose, Hazel, Holly and Guelder Rose.

This is just the latest in a series of tree planting days organised by Tai Tarian.  Over the coming months the programme will be expanded throughout Neath Port Talbot, with local people having the opportunity to get involved in the project by adopting a tree.

Rebecca Thomas, Economic and Social Regeneration Manager at Tai Tarian said:
“We want to encourage as many people as possible to come out and join us on Thursday.  Our Neighbourhood team will be there to lead the project but with hundreds of trees to plant we’re going to need as much help as possible.

“Planting trees is one of the most powerful ways that we can reduce the impact of climate change. Trees remove greenhouse gases from the air, capture and slow rainfall which reduces flooding and provide important habitats for birds, insects and animals.”

Anyone who wishes to come along to help plant some trees can meet at Ael y Fro at 10am on Thursday 12th March.  More details are available at www.taitarian.co.uk/plant