A new county woodland sites has been welcomed for its contribution to local biodiversity.

An official launch of the Maes Gwilym nature reserve site at Rhyl was recently held.

The site was one of four across the county that earlier in the year took part in the Council’s Woodland creation project.

In July 2019, the Council passed a motion to declare a Climate Change and Ecological Emergency. A cross party-political working group was established to oversee the development of a Climate and Ecological Change Strategy.

The Council has also committed to becoming become Net Carbon Zero and more Ecologically Positive Council by 2030.

The woodland creation work is supporting the Council to achieve that carbon zero goal by contributing to the amount of carbon sequestered (or absorbed).

Volunteers, Council staff and local members planted 2,500 trees at Maes Gwilym, as well as enhancing the woodland area.

New paths were constructed using recycled material and finished with limestone dust.

To restore the wetland area a pond on site was designed to hold a low level of water. It is known as an Ephemeral wildlife pond which provides the optimum conditions for many species.

A new bird hide has also been established on the site enabling visitors to enjoy the local wildlife in the area which includes several red and amber listed bird species.

Hedgerows were also planted alongside encouraging existing and new areas for wildflower meadows. Seating areas were introduced and damaged fencing and gates were replaced.

The Mayor of Rhyl, Diane King, the local Member of Parliament Gareth Davies, joined volunteers who helped to develop the site with representatives from Denbighshire County Council, together with the family of the late Councillor Brian Blakeley, who gave his time to restore the site.

Councillor Arwel Roberts, Chairman of Denbighshire County Council, said: “It has been fantastic to officially launch Maes Gwilym. It is a great asset to supporting and improving local biodiversity in Rhyl and also a lovely place to come to enjoy the accessible walks around the site.”

Councillor Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I am really pleased to see the finished result at Maes Gwilym. A lot of hard work has gone in to making this a real biodiversity asset for Rhyl and I am grateful for all those who were involved.

“I am looking forward to seeing this site mature over time, increasing its contribution to local biodiversity and am pleased that the community have this great environment right on their doorstep to enjoy.”