As part of the Long Forest project in partnership with the National Trust, RSPB and The Red Squirrel Trust Wales, a large green corridor in the form of hedgerows are being planted across the width of Anglesey to help the population of the precious red squirrels.

As part of a larger three-year plan, work is already underway to create vital links across the south west of the island. One new hedge has been created at Coed Llwynonn where 150m of hedgerow has been planted with over 600 trees by local Long Forest volunteers. This will connect to a squirrel bridge, which is awaiting planning permission, that will help ensure safe passage over the A4080 to woods at Plas Newydd. This woodland then links directly onto 400m of existing hedge which Long Forest volunteers are currently restoring. Once completed, this will act as a corridor to another woodland in Plas Newydd which will link to another squirrel bridge back over the A4080 to another woodland at Coed Llwynonn.

The aim is to complete the circle next year by planting a further 200m of hedge.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. It aims to raise awareness on the importance of hedgerows and their uses, highlight their historical value and survey their condition.

The project is delivering practical action across Wales working with landowners and community groups to help manage, improve and extend hedgerows, through training and volunteering action. Together, they will be planting 100,000 trees and improving around 120,000m of hedgerow. The project also plans to develop a hedgerow surveying app which will create records which will highlight the current state of the hedgerows across Wales.

Dr Craig Shuttleworth, Red Squirrels Trust Wales:

Planting trees to link up woodland habitats is a fantastic way of helping a wealth of native wildlife including the red squirrel. Anglesey has one of the most important squirrel populations in the UK and it is great to see so many volunteers and landowners supporting the Long Forest project.

Planting will also take place soon at RSPB Malltraeth where over 1,000 trees will be used to gap up large sections of hedgerow which strengthens the hedgerows along the bottom of the reserve in the target area between Newborough and Llangefni – a red squirrel stronghold.

Derek Perkins, Anglesey Long Forest Volunteer:

Originally my volunteering was just about giving something back to the outdoors and the environment we enjoy, but the practical woodland work: coppicing, tree planting, hedge laying has begun to be very important to me, something eagerly awaited. I really feel it contributes to physical and personal well-being. It's hugely satisfying to be able to make a lasting contribution.

If you are a volunteer or landowner who would like to get involved with the Long Forest Project, visit for more information.

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